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STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2011

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H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N

CONGRATULATING NICHOLAS ALAHVERDIAN AND NEXUSGOVERNMENT ON

FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN IN DCYF CARE AND FOR NICHOLAS

ALAHVERDIAN'S SERVICE TO THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

     

     

     Introduced By: Representative Rene R. Menard

     Date Introduced: May 10, 2011

     Referred To: House Health, Education & Welfare

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     WHEREAS, It is fitting that this House of Representatives recognizes those citizens who,

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through their determination and unwavering commitment to the prevention of child abuse and

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negligence, have distinguished themselves in academia, state government, and in their

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communities; and

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     WHEREAS, Nicholas Alahverdian is one such exceptional citizen. He has relentlessly

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fought for the rights and privileges of children and adolescents in state care; and

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     WHEREAS, As someone who was previously in DCYF care, Nicholas Alahverdian has

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broken many barriers. He is authoring a book on the poet Sylvia Plath, he is the current policy

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director of NexusGovernment, and he is a student at Harvard University; and

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     WHEREAS, His domestic non-profit corporation, NexusGovernment, duly established

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with the Office of the Secretary of State, is a constant presence in the State House and across

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Rhode Island, advocating for the protection of rights of all Rhode Islanders; and

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     WHEREAS, He was hired first by Senator Beatrice A. Lanzi and subsequently Speaker

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Gordon D. Fox, and served this honorable House of Representatives as a Page and a Legislative

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Aide from 2002 through 2003, and was a dependable and ubiquitous young servant to the duly

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elected Representatives of this House; and

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     WHEREAS, He has been employed or otherwise associated with the Swearer Center for

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Public Service at Brown University, the Providence Urban Debate League, the YMCA of Greater

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Providence, the Rhode Island Disability Law Center, and NBC News; and

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     WHEREAS, Nicholas Alahverdian has distinguished himself as someone who is ready

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and willing to conquer any possible obstacle that obstructs the path to ensuring that all rights of

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children and adolescents in state care are protected; and

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     WHEREAS, Nicholas Alahverdian first carved out his place in history by having the

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unique political beginnerís lesson of being heckled by over 900 people, when, as a mere high

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school student in 2002, he testified in support of the Mayor of Cranston at a City Council hearing;

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and

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     WHEREAS, Nicholas Alahverdian deserved and wanted nothing more than a high school

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education, pursuant to state law, but as a youth in night-to-night care under DCYF, was

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prohibited from receiving the same; and

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     WHEREAS, An outspoken advocate for abandoned, abused, and neglected children,

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Nicholas Alahverdian has done and will do his utmost to help provide for fair living standards

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and the protection of rights for youth in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and

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the United States of America; now, therefore be it

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     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

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Providence Plantations honors Nicholas Alahverdianís tireless devotion to the protection of

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children and adolescents in the care of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and

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the prevention of abuse and negligence upon the same; and be it further

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     RESOLVED, That we affirm that we appreciate his service to this House of

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Representatives, Speaker Fox, the leadership of the State of Rhode Island and Providence

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Plantations, and the people of this state. We extend our sincere wishes for his continued

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happiness and success; and be it further

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     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

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transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Nicholas Alahverdian.

     

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