Huck House Youth Award Winner James Norvett

Huck House Youth Award Winner James Norvett


James was a victim of a shooting, in which he was shot in the head and his best friend passed away. This young man survived and had to endure months of grueling physical rehabilitation. After fighting through physical and legal challenges, James continued to struggle to show employers that he would be a good employee. He asked the Huck House Youth Outreach Team to help him overcome the barriers between him and his goals. Through hard work and sheer tenacity, James received his degree and started working.

James now works for RAMA Consulting, Inc. where he quickly became the lead field rep for the Blueprint Columbus project. A stand out employee for his strong work ethic and positive attitude, James demonstrates resiliency that is rarely seen among anyone, young or old. James chooses to focus on the learning and growth that came out of his experience, rather than the negative experience itself. His story is an excellent example of how internal perseverance, coupled with connecting with the right resources and mentors, can truly redirect the course of a young person’s life. James is working tirelessly, raising his family and sharing his story with young people who are willing to listen. James is a model of high character, grit and determination.

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Items we need:

Clothing and Personal Items

  • Underwear
  • Sweatpants (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Sweatshirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Shorts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • T-shirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Socks
  • Wallets
  • Earbuds

          Please note that we are unable to accept any used clothing items.

General Supplies

  • Composition notebooks/journals
  • Adult coloring books
  • Colored pencils
  • Art supplies
  • “Smell goods” (i.e. Bath & Body Works)

Toiletries and Hygiene Products

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner*
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Body soap*
  • Tootbrushes and toothpaste*
  • Brushes and combs
  • Ethnic hair care products

    The * denotes that the item must be in a full size bottle.

Misellaneous Items

  • Baby items
  • Pillows
  • Solid color twin comforters and sheet sets
  • Kitchen utensils, general cleaning and laundry supplies, picture frames
  • Non-perishable food items for youth outreach (crackers, cup of soup, fruit snacks, chips)
  • Gift cards from $5 to $25 for fast food restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations
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