New Haven Register: JUNTA Camp Serves Up Leadership Skills




High school students ask questions to New Haven Register reporter and Community Engagement Editor Shahid Abdul-Karim and Elizabeth Benton, former New Haven Register reporter and presently the Connecticut Communications Director for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, during a Q&A period during Junta’s Boot Camp in New Haven that seeks to inspire students to develop leadership skills in seeking social justice in their community. (Photo: Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register)
By Rachel Chinapen
New Haven Register
When Mark Ifill-Haney first heard about a free boot camp in the city he was totally on board.

“Oh boot camp? I want to get some exercise anyway,” he recalled thinking.
The 15-year-old from New Haven Academy was surprised to learn the camp was a social justice and leadership skills boot camp run by Junta for Progressive Action—a New Haven based Latino empowerment organization. Eager to improve his speaking skills and bring change to his community, Ifill-Haney decided to give the camp a chance despite its lack of an athletic regimen
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