We transform the lives of youth living in immigrant and underrepresented communities through our program’s Nutrition, Education, Youth Employment, Financial Literacy, and Social Enrichment Initiatives. These initiatives are designed to educate, equip, and provide opportunities for youth to channel their inner talents while changing their future trajectory.
Nutrition- Nutrition is defined as providing nourishment, especially to a high degree, supply with food and what is necessary for life, health, and growth. Interestingly however, dietary choices are influenced by a range of factors, including income, food prices, neighborhood, sociocultural preferences, education, marketing, retailing, etc. Many immigrants who live in low-income communities face greater barriers in accessing healthy and affordable food retailers, which may negatively affect diet and food security.
To mitigate the negative effects of food insecurity and barriers to healthy foods, Nourishing Hands’ meals provide very low sugar contents (natural sugar from fruits), the USDA's Healthy Eating Index (HEI), including USDA’s required protein levels, good fats, proteins, and minimal GMO ingredients. The main components of our meals derive from plants. Research states that a plant-based diet is good for your heart and overall health. Eating mostly or only fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains, and meat substitutes like soy, may reduce the odds of getting heart related diseases, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, when compared to a diet that includes a lot of meat
Education- Education plays a major role in the growth and progress of any society. It is one of the key components that determine advancement. When a society’s citizens are educated, they can provide significant contributions to uplift their communities. There is a direct correlation between youth who live in poverty and poor education, which further translate into less and less opportunities at success. Youth who live in poverty are less likely to perform well academically and are disadvantaged by the lack of adequate funding, resources, and exposure, thus, leading to the inevitable increase of widened opportunity gaps. While we understand that every youth may not be a potential college student, we fully convinced that every youth possess talents and gifts that should be respected and cultivated by the educational system, entities, and capable members of society.
Youth Employment- Nourishing Hands Inc. believes that an intentional and strategically implemented Youth Employment Program is the pathway way to securing a stronger generation and future. Investing in today’s Youth by providing opportunities for receiving training or work, has important implications for future’s economic growth, development and stability. Youth Unemployment is a problem we can no longer continue to ignore or treat as though it isn’t detrimental to the success of our future. This Problem has a potential to have significant and serious social repercussions. It can lead to social exclusion and unrest. Investing in opportunities that provide career paths through internships, decent working environment (jobs creation), as well as STEM education and training opportunities for the youth in underserved and underrepresented communities, will help them find their place and utilize their talents for more prosperous and stable societies now and for the future.
Our Youth Employment Program uses a tiered model to empower high school students, youth, and young adults ages (16-25) from underrepresented and low socioeconomic areas. There are three levels to our program: Redirection, Transformation, and Innovation (RTI). Through partnerships with school district and other entities, we identify students who lack opportunities, are at- risk of dropping out, reentering society, or becoming burdensome on society. We engage our program participants with the goal of transforming their thinking and self-image by building relationships on trust, acceptance and accountability.
Financial Literacy- Financial literacy is important because it gives people knowledge about how to manage their money and plan for the future. It is an essential life skill for everyone, but it can be a difficult decision for many. Proper training in financial literacy prepares learners to make prudent decisions about their finances in the future. In order for the benefits of financial literacy to be realized, a proper transfer of knowledge must occur to empower individuals to have lower rates of loan default, a larger savings plan, increased participation in the stock market and other investment opportunities, and additional spending habits that promote financial health. Developing delivery channels through partnerships with the private sector and education providers is critical in extending the reach of the training and making resources accessible to all portions of the community. We have established partnerships with several major financial institutions and individual businesses to host financial literacy classes and workshops for the purpose of introducing the youth living in these underserved areas to products and resources that will empower and strengthen their decisions in the future.
Social Enrichment- At its core, social interaction is defined as the manner in which people talk to and interact with one another. We could discuss the benefits of social and emotional interactions with young children without end; social interactions are the foundation for a person’s character traits and identity. Research indicates that while children who are mentally healthy tend to be happier, show greater motivation to learn, and demonstrate higher academic performance, their peers who exhibit social and emotional difficulties tend to have trouble following directions, are more likely to suffer rejection by classmates, and have low self- esteem. Thus, children’s social and emotional health is just as important as their physical health, and it affects their capacity to develop and lead fulfilling lives. Participation in structured extracurricular activities promotes personal and social development, as well as academic achievement.
We seek partnership with national and local organizations who focus on mentoring and social clubs, conferences, and workshops to positively engage the youth we serve through organized mental and physical activities, mentor-mentee relationship, speaking engagements, etc.