Hartford Community Leaders support
Abi Rodrigues book signing.

Thursday, April 28th at 6:15pm for a book signing event in the Arthur C. Banks, Jr. Library at Capital Community College. Abi Rodriguez is a Capital student who has had two books of poetry published. He will be in the library visiting with students, faculty and staff.

In addition to the two Books: "The Stage Of Martyrdom", "The Rose Colored Glasses", Abi has an extensive portfolio of writing. He has lived in and around Hartford for 17 years and calls it home.

At the event, Abi spoke about his life and the 20 years of writing which is now culminating into a burgeoning career as his second book is published and third is shortly on the way.

He spoke of his 2nd book's connection to the College, where he typed and prepared it. He allowed for audience members to choose excerpts from his two books which he read and answered follow up questions. The event was fun and inspiring; an overall success and we look forward to having more in the future.

Photos by: William Clark, Contributing Photographer

Financial Literacy Workshop 2015

On behalf of the Hartford Community Leaders and Violence Prevention initiative of Greater Hartford, We would like to sincerely thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated in the “Financial Literacy Workshop" at the Hartford Public Library on Sat. 4/18/15.

We truly appreciate you taking so much time out of your busy schedule to come together to raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy, and the need for financial education in the Greater Hartford area. We hope that you found the discussion informative and worthwhile. We will keep you informed of the next Hartford Community Leaders workshops.

Thank you again for your participation in the workshop and for your continued efforts towards making our community safe, healthy, and sustainable. If you have any questions or need further information on future workshops and Events.

Special Thanks to the following:

Hartford Public Library
American Eagle Federal Credit Union
CT Works
Project Longevity
Hartford Police Department
Hartford Fire Department
Multi-Cultural Community Alliance
Hartford Equal Justice Collaborative – LAARC
Scott's Bakery
Executive Sound and Entertainment LLC
Walk In The Light Deliverance Church
Sardilli Produce & Dairy Co.
City Pizza
Billings Forge and other collaborators

Photos by: William Clark, Contributing Photographer

Jobs & Housing Workshop

Hartford Community Leaders and the Greater Hartford Community come together for a Job and Housing Workshop on 11/22/14 at the Hartford Public Library 500 Main Street Hartford, CT. There were over 200 community residents in attendance who volunteered, participated and partners. This community based employment and housing workshop was designed to assist job seekers in their search for employment and housing.

The day’s events consisted of workshops aimed at sharpening the necessary skills for successful job retention—including but not limited to; resumes, interview skills, dressing for success and self-advocacy and housing. Additionally, we hope that the workshop helped build some momentum and understanding around 21st century learning and opened up some options for further collaborations and partnerships around violence prevention work. We all learned a great deal from listening to each other’s ideas, reactions and suggestions, and we look forward to using the preliminary results from this workshop in our work moving forward.

Photos by: William Clark, Contributing Photographer

  • Anthony Grady
    The speakers were great and the event was once again a successful venue. In the Photo you see free prize drawing winners who won suits and gift cards. I saw things at this job fair that I have not seen at others and the speakers were great there were even free breakfast and lunch served for everyone. Even Children accompanied parent’s great job again to Minister Donald Padgett is was great!
    Anthony Grady

There were resumes on the spot applications filled and employers present. Ct Works, Strive Hartford, Hartford Public Library, CT Works were helping with resumes on the spot, Hartford Council Woman Cynthia Jennings was present, Atty. Corey Brinson , Tiana Hercules of Project Longevity, Sergeant Steve Austin of Hartford Police Dept., Anthony Griffin starter of Heaven n Hell wear of Anthony's Clothing, Yvonne Mathews and Daryl Thames of Greater Hartford Urban League, Mothers United Against Violence, Hartford Communities that Cares, LARCC, Ct Fair Housing, Restoration Temple Deliverance Mission, Kevin Outar of, WKND 1480 AM, Dwayne White of Nimble Real Estate Solutions and Attorney Sylvia Reid of ALLORA'S BEVERAGES HARTFORD, CT who were hiring and taking apps at the event. HARTFORD COMMUNITY LEADERS TEAM AND COLLABORATORS did a great job on that day.