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Former City Tech Valedictorian Jean-Michel Voltaire ‘00 Wins Aw

Jean-Michel Voltaire, City Tech’s 2000 valedictorian, who went on to become a U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney, was awarded the Attorney General’s 2013 Community Service Award for his humanitarian work in Haiti.

Voltaire, originally from Port-Salut in southern Haiti, is the founder of Réunion Sportive d’Haiti (RSH), a 501©(3) non-profit organization providing relief to youths affected by the 2010 earthquake. This year, RSH, whose mission is “building skills, character and community through sports and education,” will serve nearly 900 youth in the Port-Salut area.

RSH organizes soccer camps and tournaments teaching leadership, prevention of delinquency and youth violence, conflict resolution and practical skills to help prepare young people to become productive members of their communities. It also has held an essay competition and musical performance, and built an elementary school in nearby Roche-Jabouin so that children do not have to walk three hours to and from their classrooms, as Voltaire did.

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