KHAIR Spreads Its Wings


This past December, KHAIR extended its services to the Waterbury region and provided a three-day pilot program to seven teenagers from StayWell Health Center. The teenagers participated and were engaged in team activities that included workshops in Self-Esteem, Team Building, Financial Literacy, Social Etiquette, Nutrition Education, and Dress for Success. This was KHAIR’s first effort outside of the city of New Haven, where it has provided successful programming for 10 years.

One of the projects the students worked on was making vision boards. Their goal was to create a physical representation of what they hope to become in the future. The vision boards will serve as a motivational reminder that they have the ability to attain their goals and achieve their dreams. Some of the students aspire to become doctors, nurses, police officers, teachers, and writers.

KHAIR is looking to expand to other cities in Connecticut. “One of our goals is to bring KHAIR to the cities in Connecticut with high rates of at-risk teens,” said Elvin Melendez, program manager. “This program helps young people enhance their skills and raises self-confidence.”

Congratulations to the KHAIR Graduates of StayWell Health Center!

Alyssa French-Graham
Journey Parker
Jenesis Parker
Bath-Sheba Rascoe
Ezra Rascoe
Kira Rincon
Shera Tripp

Melendez added that in order to grow in this way, the program needs financial assistance. KHAIR is currently accepting monetary donations to help with this proposed expansion and its current programming. To make a donation, visit and click the “Donate Now!” button.

If you are interested in participating, volunteering, or hosting our KHAIR program. please call 203.949.4023 or visit

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