CCEA Expanding Staff to Meet Needs of Hartford Schools

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Hartford, CT – Capital City Education Alliance recently expanded their staff to meet the growing needs of their thriving job readiness programming in Hartford Public Schools and the surrounding communities.
Colleen Corriveau recently joined Capital City Education Alliance as Development Director. Colleen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the organization. Her prior experience includes five years at Mercy Housing and Shelter in Hartford as the Development Director as well as many years with the Archdiocese of Hartford and American Cancer Society. In this newly created position, Colleen will begin introducing Capital City Education Alliance to corporations, foundations and community partners to identify ways to collaborate. She will also work to develop relationships with donors and manage the organization’s social media and community presence.

“I’m thrilled to have Colleen join our team, she brings a great deal of energy and is well-respected in the non-profit community. Her relationships, knowledge of the community and passion for fundraising are exactly what we were looking for to grow our organization,” said Martha Guidry, Executive Director.

Capital City Education Alliance also welcomes Veronica Ruiz as the new Program Director. Veronica, previously with Our Piece of the Pie and Compass Peacebuilders, is a Hartford success story. Born and raised in Hartford, she attended Buckeley High school, completed her BA at Springfield college and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership. Veronica joins this growing staff to spearhead the expansion of their signature Let’s Paint! Program in Hartford’s schools and the community. Veronica’s wealth of youth development expertise and a personal connection to the youth experience of Hartford will help her take the organization to the next level of collaboration and success.

“We needed to find someone who was familiar with the community and had the knowledge and youth development experience necessary to expand our programming” stated Martha Guidry. “Having Veronica come on board helps complete our first phase of our strategic plan. I’m so excited to have her join us.

Formerly known as the Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, Capital City Education Alliance rebranded in 2015 and created a more focused mission to inspire and empower pre-teens and teens through projects and partnerships that build character, skills, and pathways to success. Through their signature Let’s Paint! Program, Capital City Education Alliance lays the foundation for workforce success through the art of commercial painting as participating students transform their school or community space with color. Like a real job, Students complete a job application and interview to be part of the Let’s Paint! program. As each painting project takes shape, the students are part of an amazing transformation that creates a sense of pride and accomplishment, while developing skills they will need for their future. Volunteers also play and important part the program by joining our students on select Saturdays and serving as informal mentors for the day while they have fun painting. Check out our website for upcoming volunteer opportunities and before/after images of our transformed spaces:

The work being done by Capital City Education Alliance is critical for these impressionable students. With so many unemployed teens in Hartford, I see these programs as a catalyst for a brighter future,” said Veronica. “Capital City Education Alliance is at an important juncture. I’m looking forward to working with our team to provide more students and young adults opportunities and to grow our presence in the community”, said Colleen.

For more information about Capital City Education Alliance and the Let’s Paint! Program contact, Martha Guidry 806-206-3778 or [email protected]

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