National Haitian Student Alliance

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September 20, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Yvecar Momperousse
(973) 280-2307


R&B Grammy winner Wyclef Jean and student leader Yvecar Momperousse are proud to announce the official start of the National Haitian Student Alliance.

The project has been in the planning stages for quiet some time and is ready to operate.

The overall focus of the National Haitian Student Alliance is to develop a comprehensive outreach initiative, targeting and linking Haitian students around the globe so as to provide educational/leadership opportunities through scholarships, project involvement, trainings and workshops.

Wyclef first launched the idea of the Alliance in 2003 at the 6th Annual National Haitian Student Conference in Amherst Massachusetts and again at the 7th Annual Conference in Newark New Jersey.

"Students are the future Doctors, Lawyers, Rappers, and Accountants of tomorrow.

A real investment needs to be made in these kids" says Wyclef who strongly believes there are insufficient resources allocated to his Haitian brothers and sisters.

Wyclef Jean will be the spokesperson and chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the National Haitian Student Alliance.

The Haitian activist plans to solicit the help of people such as Sean Puffy Combs, Russell Simmons and others in the hip hop world in order to galvanize the movement.

The first phase of the project is to create scholarships specifically for Haitian students whom are historically underserved says Yvecar Momperousse former director of the New Jersey Haitian Student Association and Project Director for the Alliance.

There are various scholarships for Hispanics, African Americans and other nationalities but very few for members of my community said the youth.

Currently students in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Washington, Maryland, Delaware, Atlanta, Louisiana and Massachusetts make up the student board for this organization.

The members of the board are charged with ensuring that Haitian youth in there state get involved with future programs like "Ti Frem Ti Sem" (Brother Big Sister) a mentoring program pairing high school and college students together, Peer to Peer tutoring, Literacy programs and many more.

In Haiti, a country filled with instability and turmoil the future of a nation lies in the hands of students

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