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Creating Hope and Opportunities

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Hartford's Premier Mentoring Program

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In-home or in-crisis, we respond to health challenges.

Behavioral Health Programs

In-home or in-crisis, we respond to health challenges.

Online Mentoring

Mentoring Harford's Youth Online or In Person

Back On Track Program

Getting students Back on Track

Health and Wellness Program

Addressing Segregation in Healthcare

About Us

The Hartford Knights is a non-profit organization that began in 2000 by Executive Director, Bernard Thomas. The Hartford Knights Youth Organization (HKYO) began as a basketball-centric association and grew into a mentoring service organization for at-risk youth.

Mission Statement: Hartford Knights Youth Organization's mission is to enhance the lives of youth in the Greater Hartford Area by providing academic enrichment, youth intervention services and organized sports programs that promote career readiness, character building and other leadership skills development.

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Our mentoring approach unites the powerful mentoring elements present in Clubs with formal mentoring practices and research/evidence-based prevention programs. MBGC provides a combination of one-on-one, group, and peer mentoring services. Mentoring is site-based and provided by Club staff, volunteers, and peers, with ongoing efforts to recruit minority male mentors.

Alexander Thomas

Alex has been a part of Hartford Knights since a young age. Being the son of the Executive Director, it was a no-brainer, he would be part of the program as a youngster and become a mentor as a young man.

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Alfred Feliciano

Alfred joined HKYO in 2019 with an Child Development Associate Degree and years working with children at various organizations. He began his teaching career with the Community Renewal Team.

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Jahmal Shell

Jahmal has been mentoring youth for many years. He joined HKYO this year as a seasoned mentor who has worked at several community based organizations.

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Ernest Canty

Ernie is our latest addition to HKYO, he is joining us as a Mentor to transport youth to and from their destinations.

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400 Hartford families benefit from Day of Caring in response to COVID-19

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Hartford Knights Youth Organization (HKYO) hosted a Day of Caring in response to COVID-19.

The organization distributed food, fresh produce, face masks and other essential products, books from Hartford Public Library, promotional items from the Hartford Yard Goats and other fun family items.

The drive-thru event was held at Thirman Milner Middle School on Tower Avenue from 10 a.m. to noon.

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