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New Haven Help Alliance Inc

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Causes: Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: The greater new haven help alliance, inc. , a faith-based 501c3 corporation, is currently comprised of two components. The first deals with "glocal" anti-poverty efforts and the second deals with efforts to support local youth development. Our mission statement the mission of greater new haven help alliance is to increase opportunities both locally and globally for individuals and families to partake in a standard of living that includes basic healthy food, clean water, adequate shelter, clothing, education, affordable healthcare, and economic self-sufficiency. Specifically concerning youth, we will endeavor to maximize the intrinsic potential of at risk young people by 1) enabling them to thrive and reach for personal excellence and academic success, 2) supporting, undergirding and where necessary, supplementing an effective family base, and 3) promoting and providing opportunities for positive engagement within their communities.

Programs: The poor connection is the anti-poverty task force of the greater new haven help alliance. The poor connection was formed specifically to help in the alleviation of poverty and its byproducts locally, nationally, and globally. Our mission is to 1) help those who live in poverty by raising and distributing monetary funds and other resources, to 2) address causes of poverty and provide remedy at the root levels, 3) work in partnership with local communities, non-governmental organizations (ngos), governmental agencies, social service agencies and key individuals in delivering key strategies and resources to help end poverty, and 4) on the global level, emulate organizations like the millennium promise, the millennium congregation and the anti-poverty strategies outlined in professor jeffrey sachs book; the end of poverty: economic possibilities for our time.

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My name is Jason Goubourn and I am the Director of Greater New Haven Help Alliance's Youth Initiative summer leadership program. Youth Initiative is an outstanding program that does an uncanny job of training the young leaders of today.

This program began training and developing approximately twenty of the Greater New Haven’s young people in the summer of 2004. Since then the program has blossomed serving an average of 30 young people each summer since its beginning. Youth Initiative is a program that gathers young people from different areas of New Haven into one setting in order to daily shed light on the issues that most commonly impede smooth transitions into adulthood, the workforce, and life as a healthy contributor to society and community. Not only do we expose important issues that lie under the surface, but we provide learning experiences that allow the young people to internalize their importance and decide to meet these challenges head on. Through an incorporation of lectures, hands-on workshops, journaling, discussion, and real life work experience, the Youth Initiative Program fosters personal growth, intentional preparation, and compels our teens to consider themselves as individuals as well as essential parts of the collective.

One aspect of the program that makes it unique is the role the provided work experience plays in the lives of the participants. Every summer Youth Initiative strives to place young people at establishments that compliment their career aspirations. In the past we have had aspiring attornies volunteer at a law office and through the experience gained are now studying law at prestigious universities such as New York University and Quinnipiac University. We have had aspiring nurses volunteer at nursing homes through youth initiative that are now in college studying to be registered nurses.
It is always a joy to see the young leaders of today come in unsure of themselves and unaware of their potential and leave skilled, focused, and ready for the world.

Jason Goubourn
Director, GNHHA: Youth Initiative