What is your mission?
The Haitian American Caucus (HAC)- US is a grassroots movement of leading young Haitian professionals whose mission is to provide the Haitian Diaspora in New York City with access to information and resources that will foster self-development and success. Advocacy and services are at the core of all of our initiatives. Our goal is to improve the reputation and visibility of Haitian Americans by breaking barriers we face in America. We are dedicated to educating young Haitian professionals and providing them with essential tools to ensure success in their personal and professional lives.
What makes your organization so unique in the non-profit space?
What makes HAC so unique is that we have a professional development model that has proven to increase our young professionals net worth while building the longevity of the Haitian Community. We take the 18 year old who does not know what he/she wants to do with their life and we put them through a series of community development projects, identify their strengths, match them up with a mentor and track their professional development. In 2 years, we transition our young members from student leader to young professional leader and eventually to professional leader. The only requirement is that this same individual gives back to the same Haitian community that invested into their success. This same model helped our founders in their personal professional development and we look forward to replicating this model to create more leaders within our Haitian community.
What is your organization up to at the moment & how can members of the National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) be involved?
In 2015, HAC is taking on the aggressive task of cultivating and organizing the Haitian American community though empowerment and civic engagement of its young professionals through our committees, Health & Wellness, Education and Business. Through our special projects and initiatives we plan on tackling social issues that cause harm to our communities and prevent social and economic development.
NAHP members who are interested in working on small civic engagement projects can join one of our committees. Currently our Health & Wellness Committee is working on helping our local Hospital with its emergency room, our Business Committee is working with small businesses in the community to apply for technology grants and our Education Committee is working on securing the first Haitian Research Center at one of our local community colleges.
We have dedicated staff that is committed to seeing the success of all of our members and we would love to have NAHP members join our cause.