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New YLS Staff Member Speaks About Experience with New Haven Works Organization

At the grand opening ceremony for the new not-for-profit agency New Haven Works last week, one of the featured speakers was also the newest member of the Yale Law School Staff, Khena Awudu.

Awudu, who was hired several weeks ago as a senior administrative assistant, spoke about his experience working with the organization, whose mission is to help connect New Haven residents with local employers looking to hire. In his new position, Awudu will be supporting the work of The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School.

Awudu expressed his appreciation for the organization, which helped him find a position at Yale within several weeks of registering following years of searching for a permanent position within the city where he has lived since 2008.

“The program provided a very unique opportunity to prepare candidates and link them with human resources,” said Awudu at the event on June 5, 2013. “It is so good for the New Haven community.”

Read the full story on the grand opening of New Haven Works and more about Awudu’s story.

Khena Awudu speaks at opening ceremony for New Haven Works, a joint initiative of the Board of Alderman, local employers (including Yale), labor unions, and local residents. Led by executive director Mary Reynolds, New Haven Works is a local model for addressing a national issue: unemployment and underemployment in urban areas.