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Review for Connect Inc., New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been familar with CONNECT for over 5 years, and have the highest regard for them as an organization as a whole and for the staff members individually. I built a relationship with the executive director, Ms. Kala Ganesh, and others, such as Sally MacNichol and Quentin walcott, who exemplify making a difference to individuals and the community around the topic of abuse and violence. They spearhead the annual Bride's march in the Bronx; offer trainings and workshops on all areas of domestic violence and the devasting impact this abuse has on women, children and families, and the community as a whole. For my particular project here at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, they presented statistics as well as the individual psycho-social stressors and the structural issues contributing to violence to teens who are researching various health disparities using a Community approach, including violence and injury. The staff has engaged and challenged these youths from the Bronx community to effect change and seek ways to prevent violence. CONNECT has made a committment to provide whatever information and resources they have to our teens about violence. As well, they conduct an outstanding annual sexual harassment in the workplace training with our teens and staff. CONNECT's staff's relatability to teens in their style of communication, and listening is noted. Their ability to reframe the teens' often reported observations that "domestic violence and abuse is normal and part of a any relationship". These comments are largely based on what they see in their home, with their peers, and within the community & the media has made a significant impact in the teens' awareness. The staff of connect, from the executive director down, are very hands on and sensitive, caring, strong, and nurturing. I have made several referrals to CONNECT and appreciate their expansion into schools and other CBO's and FBO's. This expansion has created an increase in CONNECT's visibility of their resources and services, and their ability to address relevant topics, including men who are battered, sexual harrassment in the work place, cultural competency around differing nationalities and norms, same sex relationship abuse, bullying in schools, and non-violent forms of abuse. CONNECT's forward thinking approach has been critical with the issues involved with sexting & cell phone stalking which has become a growing concern for many teens, and these teens, as well as many of the adults in their lives, lack the awareness to fully understand the damaging consequences of this form of abuse. A major strength I experience with CONNECT is that the satffing is NOT comprised of just caucasion women, but the satff members mirror the true diverstiy of men, women, straight, LGBTQ, black, white, latino and Asian in NYC. I highly commend them for their continuous and unwavering dedication toward ending violence.

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Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & make referrals to teens, collaboarte with Connect and the community regarding domestic violence and teen intimate partner abuse.