Helping Hands Alliance would like to congratulate
Angelo Bowens of New Orleans, Louisiana, for receiving our annual 2018 scholarship award. Read what he has to say!
“When I was younger my mom would always ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I would give her the same answer every single time, a veterinarian. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a veterinarian. I have always been fascinated with the thought of being able to work with animals and care for them. When I found out that Louisiana State University has one of the best veterinary medicine schools in the United States, I knew what college I wanted to go to. Going to LSU and being a part of the Veterinary Medicine Program has been my greatest academic goal since I was a boy. I am being raised by mother in a single parent household. My mother is always working and striving to make sure I never have to worry about my next meal or feel like I am living in poverty. If I receive the Helping Hand Alliance Award, I will be able to get a great education from a school I have wanted to go to since I was little, and be able to represent the LSU College of Agriculture as a successful veterinary medicine student. I will be able to follow my dream, achieve my goal, and be successful in my chosen career”.
Helping Hands Alliance and the Arts
Theatre can be a source of intellectual learning, and inspiration. Many of us enjoy the Arts – music, theater, paintings and other visual arts, yet have a very limited exposure to the arts resulting from a lack of resources. Art makes our world seem more beautiful, and bring us joy and new perspective. At Helping Hands Alliance, we know that the Arts can have a big impact on youth development. We have recently launched a new youth program that will allow children with financial challenges to attend performances at the following establishments:
State Theater New Brunswick, New Jersey
NJ Pac Newark, New Jersey
The Museum of Science New Orleans, LA
Audubon Zoo New Orleans, LA
Audubon Aquarium New Orleans, LA
Research studies show that early exposure to the arts can help children develop positive skills such as problem solving and critical thinking in addition to improving self esteem.
You’re Invited, a Helping Hands Alliance Playgroup for Children With Special Needs:
We continue to host fun filled events for families with children with special needs. We foster an environment that support inclusion, developmental growth, social skills and educational activities. We will share a quote from one of our parents:
“My daughter was diagnosed with Autism when she turned 2 years old. Luckily, we were able to get her into an early intervention program in the state of New Jersey. That did not however remove the growing sense of isolation that we often felt as her parents. We joined “You’re Invited” and quickly became friends with other parents that could relate to our family. The support we get from other parents is outstanding”.
Adrianna B. Princeton, New Jersey