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In March 2016, 22 students from the Non-Profit Management class at the College of Brockport, State University of New York collaborated with Dr. Rehnuma Karim to design a Non-Profit Organization that can provide support in the communities to help the youth understand the benefits of a purposeful life. The students started discussing what we lack in our society today that is creating a barrier to help them grow up into a conscious and aware individual. Discussion and analysis of current trends supported their thoughts showing how a gap in real learning exist between the schools and the actual community that resulted in more than 40% high-school drop outs in USA, increased teen pregnancy and drug abuse ( 150 died of Heroin overdose , 2016). They also found that depression and underutilization of the youth’s creative energy are resulting from disengaged young people who are trying to find stimulations through negative and destructive life choices. This is why, the experts and students from the College of Brockport decided to take this initiative to build a platform which will help the youth of tomorrow in the process of becoming well-informed and responsible citizens by discovering their individual and collective strengths through activities connected to their interest, life at home and school, their the community and in the world.

Our Core Values

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Program Areas

  • Positive Identity Development
  • Communication and Collaboration to Connect and lead
  • Life and Career Skills
  • Social and Cultural Skills
  • Global and National Awareness

Target Groups

Adolescents /Young Adults Late Teens Parent Teachers Community Members Universities and Schools

Programs

Series of Workshop: (Ted Junior style Public Speaking Competition and training; Photo Exhibition, Finding your element on exploring ones potential; how to use Emotional Intelligence to become successful) International Collaborative programs: Pen Pals, interactive SKYPED Discussion with country abroad. Awakened Parenting Round Table Community Engagement programs (Neighborhood Block party, Need Assessment, fundraising for a cause) Mentoring Inter-generational programs Apprenticeship and Shadowing Programs Tours and Visits /Etiquette and Modern Manners Awards and recognition events Fundraising Program

Outcomes

Enhanced physical, social and psychological well-being Develop positive attitude Obtain life and career skills to become engaged citizen Develop critical thinking and problem solving ability
Positive use of free time instead of indulging into self and socially destructive activities. Develop conscious leadership skills Become effective agent of change to the persisting problems in the community Reduction in self and social destructive behavior Become part of the global workshop through heightened awareness, sense of responsibility and empathy. Better and effective relationship with parents, family and community

Core Goals of HFA

Goals 1: To instill the ability of transformational leadership and self-awareness in young people to help them emerge as a force of positive change both in their own lives and in their communities.

Strategies: Interactive workshops, inviting prominent national and international inspirational leaders in different fields, educational workshops focused on different transformative skills , leadership camps, involvement in community development related activities, competitions on social innovations to help the participants understand their potential.

Goal 2: To promote the importance of understanding diversity to become a competent and caring global citizen of this interconnected world through compassionate attitude towards others with disability and differences.

Strategies: Inclusive session with the children and youth with differing abilities such as children with visual impairments and other psychological and physical disabilities.

Goal 3: To create a connecting platform of individuals, organizations and community members who would work together to build a supportive environment of positive growth to help the youth reach their true potential.

Strategies: The programs are designed to build a connecting platform, introduction of social media sites that will help the organization and participants to be connected, meet and greet socially feeling a sense of belongingness through common goals.

Goal 4: To build awareness on the positive use of leisure time that can foster self-expression, development of identity, feelings of autonomy and sense of achievement

Strategies: Educational and exploration sessions on discovering one’s own interest and abilities