LEADERSHIP TEAM  

  LEADERSHIP TEAM  

I work at EMERGE to make a difference.  To genuinely provide individuals who are even considering doing the right thing the supports to continue their journey.  It’s important to me that I practice this concept of forgiveness and love.  Of not being judgmental.  Of valuing each and every other human being regardless of mistakes they have made.  Of genuinely honoring someone’s presence.  Somebody gave me an opportunity, and I work really hard now to make sure I can give that same opportunity to somebody else.     
I work at EMERGE to make my community a better place.  This organization means the world to me.  I’ve seen so many people come through our doors who are sincerely looking for a chance, and are willing to try new things to make a better life for themselves and their families.  I work here because of them.  I work with the most passionate people I’ve ever met.  They inspire me every day.  We run effective programs that I’m truly proud of, and we are always challenging ourselves to get better outcomes.  I couldn’t ask for a better place to learn, grow, and make a real impact.    
 

  MEET OUR PROGRAM STAFF  

I work at EMERGE because I am on a mission to reach our youth before they become involved or too comforatble with the revolving doors of the prison and criminal justice systems. I also believe as Ron Conway did, "We all have a responsibility to give back." No one becomes successful without lots of hard work, support from others, and a little luck. Giving back creates a virtuous cycle that makes everyone more successful. 
I joined EMERGE Connecticut, Inc. because I wanted to become a contributing member of a team that is dedicated to improving the lives of men and women in the city of New Haven. Through my work at the EMERGE YouthBuild program, I hope to serve as a positive role model to our youth, while equipping them with the knowledge and tools needed to thrive in the future.  
    
    
EMERGE Connecticut, Inc. is my home away from home. I strongly believe in second chances in society. Coming from a military background it did not take me long to fall in line with the culture here. If I can change someone's outlook on life or their performance then I will be happy. This is a great place to grow, learn and make a difference. 
I have a passion for helping people.  I believe in second chances, and that these men and women deserve a shot at redeeming themselves.  When I lost my parents as a child I joined Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, and I was linked up to a mentor.  He made me realize that there’s more to this world than just my neighborhood.  I want to pay that forward to society because I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t get that opportunity.   
When I was given the opportunity to work at EMERGE YouthBuild I was excited to find out what they do for the youth and couldn't wait to share my expertise in carpentry with them. To know I have a chance to teach someone a trade to makes me proud. It's an  honor to work with the young people of EYB. 
I joined EMERGE because I believe the development of youth is extremely important. EYB provides opportunities and resources that many youth are not aware of. I want to be able to show a positive path of growth and experiences. Every day is a learning experience. I hope to make a difference and see our youth succeed. 
NAKIA STREETER | Public Allies Administrative Assistant
Coming soon. 

  MEET OUR SUPERVISORS  

JOHANNA CARTAGENA | Senior Supervisor
I work at EMERGE because I learn something every day.  It helps me grow and helps keep me motivated.  I like to work with the people that come here and help give them a second chance, an opportunity in life, and show them that there is better stuff out there.    

I like working at EMERGE because through this program I am helping rebuild my community one house at a time. I also get the opportunity to meet and work with good people. Plus EMERGE is helping me further my education. 
ROGER JOHNSON | Foreman/EYB Crew Chief
I work at EMERGE because I was given an opportunity to seek employment and I just took full advantage of that opportunity.  I stay here because it’s family-oriented, structured, and I get to give people that come here the same training that was given to me.    
WILLIAM TISDALE | Supervisor
I love to work at EMERGE because I love giving back to the community.  Plus, I realize I can help somebody else.  I believe in the program.  When I first got here, I realized that not every day was going to be easy.  What you put in is what you get out.  When you put hard work into your life, things start working in your favor.  That’s what I want others to see when they get here.    

DON WILLIAMS | Supervisor
I work at EMERGE because I love helping other people like myself.  I came here because when I was looking for work and no one wanted to take a chance on me, EMERGE was willing to take a chance on me.  I stayed because I realized that I was in a position to help the people coming in after me, and help give them the same shot that I got.    
 
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