Young professionals take action for student success in Hartford

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HARTFORD - A painting project brought young professionals and students to the capital city Saturday.

They were working together to tackle blight in Hartford.

It was part of a volunteer program called "Let's Paint" that helps at-risk students learn effective workplace skills through project-based learning.

The program also gives kids the chance to be mentored while learning workforce readiness skills.

They used color theory, design and commercial painting skills for a fun way to learn while painting a blighted building on Pope Park Highway.

According to the Capital City Education Alliance, who put on the event, the average annual income for a high school dropout is $20,241. This figure is 50 percent less than a high school graduate and $35,424 less than someone with a bachelor’s degree.