914UNITED Inc. emerged in 2020 to serve on the forefront of advocating for the youth and the formerly incarcerated residing within the Lower Hudson Valley. We champion the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child and a team to achieve success. In this spirit, we deliver a team of seasoned role models whose genuine dedication and community value lies in supporting those confined to underserved communities. Our aim is to assist the youth in successfully transitioning into adulthood and provide returning citizens with essential support to sustain productive living.
OUR VISION, OUR VALUES
We envision a society where positive mentors offset negative influences; where underserved communities receive institutional support in navigating life-challenges; where retributive justice no longer exist. Inspired by the belief that we must help one another, we value the role of community support in uplifting those in need.
THE GOALS IS TO BUILD THE YOUTH AND MAKE THEM INTO FUTURE LEADERS
These workshops provides lessons on how to draft cover letters and resumes, job search and prepare for personal interviews. We aim to provide clients with the competence and willingness of employees to change and adapt according to the needs of the workplace. Not everyone enters the workplace with all the skills that they will need to do their jobs, or at every stage of their career.
Financial literacy is the education and understanding of knowing how money is made, spent, and saved, as well as the skills and ability to use financial resources to make decisions. These decisions include how to generate, invest, spend, and save money. What Does Financial Literacy Mean? What is the definition of financial literacy? Alongside Executive Director Jonathan Alvarez, a licensed Financial Advisor Marvin Rosado from New Way Life will co-facilitate these workshops, drawing from preexisting workshop models, professional practice, personal experience, and research-based information. The program will educate the participants on budgeting, credit and debt, opening a savings or checking account, investment opportunities, real estate, etc.
The You’re Not Alone Brotherhood works toward healing and building the individual who's carry their own burdens--seemingly alone. In this space, we break routine from everyday life; create entertainment; discuss personal matters; expand horizons; and ultimately form a solid brotherhood. The groups adheres to a 6-segment agenda, providing participants an opportunity to express themselves and find support from others. In addition, we offer one-on-one therapy counseling sessions.
This workshop teaches high school students how to organize and manage community outreach projects. It takes participants through the necessary steps to conduct community outreach work in the community--from brainstorming, drafting an agenda, fundraising, recruiting, and execution. Our hope is to encourage the youth to give back to the community in meaningful ways.
Manhood Training consist of interactive, seminar-based workshops that draw from scholarship, personal stories, rap lyrics, and educational and musical videos to discuss incarceration, manhood, hyper-masculinity, street-culture, and independent life-skills. The aim is to make participants self-reflect and self-analyze as they undergo the passage to adulthood in at-risk environments.
A.C.T.I.O.N represents Addressing Concerns & Taking Initiative in Our Neighborhoods. This program will inform inner-city youth of the role of government in their communities. The ACTION Plan aims to teach young people of color the value of civic engagement in improving the community and inspire them to draw support from city representatives in addressing communal concerns. The workshops will be co-facilitated by a contractor and a public official from each sector of government. For instance, a city council person will illustrate a day on the job and their role in the city. As such, the participants will learn who serves what role and thereby know which office to contact to remedy the issue. A two-week project will be conducted by the participants after the 10-week workshop. Participants - divided in groups - will either address a real or an imagined issue by utilizing the resources taught in the program.