First Wilbur Cross High School KHAIR graduates!


(Pictured from left to right :Justin M., Ashley, Jaquasia, Danae, Yaqueline, Justin, Leah , Angeliz)

On Wednesday, February 3, eight students from the Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven completed KHAIR’s – The Road to Success pilot program.  This was a new six-week program consisting of a series of workshops for juniors and seniors in preparation for life after high school. The group met every Wednesday after school and participated in a new workshop each week covering Visionary Goal Setting, Dress For Success, Nutrition Education, Social Etiquette, Financial Literacy and Enhancing Me.

Assistant Principal, Monica Joyner, told the graduates “I am so happy to see you all complete this program!  You are our inaugural group for KHAIR at Wilbur Cross High School.”

A favorite workshop of Leah Rivers, a junior and a KHAIR – The Road to Success participant, was Nutrition Education. Rivers said, “in addition to exercising, nutrition plays an important role in living healthy”. The Nutrition Education class was facilitated by Nargis Karampurwala, from Cooking Matters CT, who taught the students about the 5 food groups while they learned to prepare simple recipes such as hummus, fruit salad and a parfait made with low fat yogurt and dried fruits.


(Pictured : Leah Rivers)

Elvin Melendez, KHAIR Program Manager, led the new pilot program and reflected on its success,”I am excited about this partnership and I’m in the process of promoting our next module which starts in March. I want to see more students participate and experience the benefits of the Enhancing me workshop”.

Congratulations to our first graduates – Jaquasia Bowman, Justin Gomez-Stafford, Angeliz Gonzalez, Yaqueline Manzanares, Justin McLaurin, Danae Rivers, Leah Rivers, and Ashley Sanchez. They are all great kids who embraced this new program and are now better prepared for their lives after high school.


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