MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDERS: Harry C. Dunn, III and Michelle D. Dunn
After more than four years of extensive research, collaboration, planning and dogged determination, we feel blessed to begin to move the HIM By HER Foundation, Inc. (HBHF) programs toward operation. We both share a passion for educating youth and those marginalized, and for providing opportunities to improve the chances of success for those in the community. We are humbled by the community and financial support received so far by HBHF, and hope we can count on your continued and even greater support as we move along, whether that be in the form of volunteering, financial contributions, collaborations and others. We believe that if you limit a person’s excuses and give them an opportunity, you are helping improve their chances for success in life. Please keep HBHF in your prayers and help us to achieve a better world!
I want it said of me by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. Abraham Lincoln.
We believe all people can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
The mission of HIM By HER Foundation, Inc is to improve the life skills and economic prospects of marginalized youth and adults. HIM By HER serves as a bridge for a successful, productive life in the community as a positive outcome, rather than the possibility of street life or incarceration as a negative outcome.
HIM By HER Foundation, Inc. (“HIM By HER”) endeavors to lower the participation of marginalized youth in the criminal justice system, whether as juveniles or eventual adults. The Foundation will accomplish this by providing life skills education and training through its innovative programs to participants to give them the knowledge and inspiration for positive life choices that may be in short supply in their surroundings. Those who have become involved with the criminal justice system will similarly receive life skills education and training in the hopes of ending their present and future participation in the system.
The Foundation’s vocational training programs provide a vehicle for adults to enhance their employability and prospects for self-employment and entrepreneurship, as well. This will also benefit adults who have criminal histories that limit employment prospects. Realizing that a holistic approach is necessary, the Foundation will use its strategic partnerships with other entities to utilize their expertise in providing social, family support, and mental health resources.
In the end, the Foundation endeavors to replace negative habits and negative outlooks with positive ones that will enable all to recognize their own gifts, and encourage society to recognize their gifts, as well. After all, human capital is by far the greatest of all resources.
(“HIM By HER”) can assist the City and State’s growing marginalized populations with our established planned and structured approach to job training, case management and life enhancing skills resulting in greater workforce competence, greater motivation, entrepreneurship opportunity, and overall improvement in life and work success. Each participant gains self-esteem while each potential employer can gain a great employee with greater productivity and profitability.
Although training programs may be beneficial at any time during a person’s life time, our programs are focused during a young person’s typical highest risk period, the final six to twenty-four months of their post-secondary education. In addition to providing actual, community-based experience for people in school, recently separated from school or those who have been identified as youth at risk, HIM By HER programs provide an opportunity to educate local employers about the benefits and risks of employing our most at risk member of the community, paving the way for greater understanding and collaboration between the new workforce and the private sector.
Integrating participants into the workplace prior to their completion of the program will also help with the development of certain “soft skills” needed to maintain employment or start their own businesses. For example, in the controlled environment of a program, trainees can learn the difference between appropriate interpersonal skills needed in the community and workplace. Participants will observe firsthand the type of work ethic needed in the workforce to avoid re-incarceration in the future.
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