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Hartford Neighborhood Ambassadors get a second chance while giving back to the community

The Ambassadors program helps those leaving prison find part-time job work while cleaning their neighborhoods, giving them a second chance.

HARTFORD, Conn. — The City of Hartford is welcoming a new program that offers a second chance at life and a chance to clean up the community.

On Tuesday, they debuted their Neighborhood Ambassadors program.

Each neighborhood ambassador has a story of perseverance.  

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“I was recently released from incarnation in February and I really didn’t have anywhere to go,” said Daniel Kish. 

Now, the ambassador program he is part of is offering people a fresh start.

“Upon release this time, I dedicated my life to change. I wanted to change,” said Kish. 

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And Kish found the opportunity to change by helping to clean the community.

The program was launched in 12 city corridors. It helped to create part-time jobs for eight people who are reentering the community from prison.

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“I have children, you know, so I really want them to say my father is doing something positive and to be proud,” said Kish. 

They will be working 25 hours a week for six months. 

The program is a part of the city's Love Hartford initiative. 

“From our prescriptive, this is a win-win," Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said. "We create a chance for folks to get a part-time job, build a new life, make a difference in their city and at the same time we make sure that our beautiful avenues are well cared for, loved, and that there’s a good constant presence along with them." 

Their presence is already being noticed and making a difference by other community members.

“I really want to make this succeed because I want other people to have the same opportunity that I had,” said Kish. 

The program is funded through American Rescue Plan dollars and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. 

DeAndria Turner is a multi-media journalist at FOX61 News. She can be reached at dturner@fox61.com. 

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