February 18, 2021 – The NA Trust issues its 2021 Global Pledge: Higher education accessibility for all as outlined in this address given by Nick Alahverdian’s sister-in-law during a Zoom meeting of members, guests, and friends of the Trust
February 17, 2021 — Following a meeting of the Board of Trustees Emergency Committee on February 16, 2021, The NA Trust voted unanimously to issue an Emergency Policy Resolution.
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About The NA Trust
We are advocates and volunteers that work to improve public and private social service systems and providers through policy and legislative change. Read more about what we do.
Our work is inspired by Nicholas Alahverdian who worked to improve the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families for nearly twenty years. Mr. Alahverdian passed away in February 2020 at the age of 32. The NA Trust works to continue his advocacy for social services reform.
Our Priorities for 2020 and 2021
Read more about what The NA Trust is doing in the publicly to improve public social services policy and private sector social services delivery.
- We work and will continue to work in coalition with other organizations to persuade the United States of America to become a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child since the U.S. is the only UN member state to not be a party to the Convention
We have worked directly with Rhode Island legislators to enact legislation that stops the practice of sending children in care to facilities in states or territories other than where they have family and will continue to do so We have worked directly with legislators and will continue to work with them to create a Joint Oversight Commission on the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families through legislative passage and executive approval Through the legislative process and working with the judiciary and other community stakeholders in Rhode Island, we will work to enhance existing Children’s Bills of Rights and create Bills of Rights in jurisdictions where they do not yet exist
Much of our work was interrupted during 2020 because of the coronavirus. We will continue to do our best to raise the issues in 2021 and will provide reports on our progress as they happen.
Global 2021 Mission
From the first day in March 2020, Mr. Alahverdian’s wife Louise took her mandate seriously. It did not matter that it was the first day without her husband by her side after he died from non Hodgkin lymphoma. She took her spirit of innovation and his love of education that characterized their lives to re-ignite the spark of this organization and make better the lives of people she was to serve.
As Mr. Alahverdian dedicated his life to social service reform from a politically scientific approach, we have remained dedicated to his emphasis on research and policy analysis. Just as the Alahverdians intended, The NA Trust operates as a research-driven, non-governmental organization dedicated to serving the general public with a special focus on helping to create successful lives of those who leave social service systems.
With an inspiration from Alahverdian’s interest in research, public policy, and bold participation in democracy, The NA Trust is pioneering effective social service delivery; arts and culture in private service providers, and advocating for including university-bound initiatives for adolescents in government-sponsored care. Our Global 2021 mission is to:
- Enhance access to adolescents leaving private care providers by encouraging their demand to a fair education, assisting them to pursue their extra-curricular interests, and insisting on fair school placements;
- Share with the public data that illustrates the lack of fair participation that these students have in their school placement;
- Assist these young adults to enter the university of their choice with the necessary academic skills, emotional intelligence, financial ability, and competitive edge necessary to excel in their chosen field of study.
Are you interested in helping otherwise disadvantaged students succeed? Email us to learn more about how you can help students in your area.
Highlights from the Archive
Dreading and Hoping All on the Internet Archive (free e-book published in 2019)
News archive on Mr. Alahverdian with articles from 2002-2020
Mr. Alahverdian’s April 2017 Providence Journal op-ed: “DCYF workers need help to protect children”
“Out of State and Out of Mind” by Bob Kerr, The Providence Journal – February 27, 2011
Remembering Mr. Alahverdian
House of Representatives Resolution Offering Condolences on the Passing of Mr. Alahverdian
Associated Press report on the death of Mr. Alahverdian
Final interview with Mr. Alahverdian prior to his death given to Wpro Radio