The Youth Committee Mission

“The Youth Committee provides proactive leadership and advocacy for integrated quality education, training and employment experiences for, by and with youth.”


The Workforce Alliance Youth Committee is a network of members representing youth service organizations and agencies in South Central CT. In addition, the Youth Committee includes student members who bring fresh vision and bright young minds to the development of youth employment and training policies.


Christopher Cozzi-Operating Engineers Local 478

Wallingford Board of Education

Paul F. Flinter,Wallingford Board of Education

Tom Gaudioso, Green Jobs Coordinator, Common Ground High School

Lisa Sementilli, Grants and Contract Specialist

Erik Jones, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, State of Connecticut, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind

Lorenzo Marshall, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce

Tina Ocasio, President, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

Kaliuha Spears, Youth Program Specialist, American Job Center

Tomi Veale, Youth@Work Coordinator, City of New Haven

Renee Venturino, Business and Community Liaison, New Haven Job Corps Center


Workforce Alliance partners with organizations throughout the South Central region to deliver programs to in-school and out-of-school youth between the ages of 16-24.

Looking to partner on Youth programs or provide summer or year-round employment? Contact John Brancato at (203) 867-4030 x 237 or


Children’s Community Program of CT

Common Ground Green Job Corps

Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs

Hamden Public Schools

Women and Families Center

Community Renewal Team

Gateway Community College

New Haven JobCorps