Our Piece of the Pie
The mission of Our Piece of the Pie® is to empower youth with the key competencies needed to overcome barriers and succeed in education and employment.
The organization’s target population is young people ages 14 to 24. OPP serves youth residing in the greater Hartford region, with a strong service focus on those living in the city of Hartford, who have not completed high school, lack basic work skills, and may be involved in the child welfare or justice systems.
Central to OPP’s approach is the development of consistent personal relationships between each youth and a caring, committed, and proactive adult staff member called a Youth Development Specialist (YDS). Together they craft an individual success plan (ISP) based on each youth’s strengths, challenges, and dreams. Every youth at OPP has an ISP blueprint that includes the integrated, individualized set of support services geared to help them build competencies to overcome systemic barriers. Additionally, OPP provides youth with an opportunity to develop and practice new habits of success through "earning & learning" so that youth persist in working towards their educational goals of a high school diploma, college degree, or vocational credential, and/or obtaining employment.