Black History Extrvangaza Celebrations with the Jennings Community

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On Sunday this week a group of African Immigrants kids and V4A team joined Jennings community to celebrate Black history extravaganza at Omega Center. F4KIDZ AFRICAN PERFORMING ARTS did outstanding performance of sharing the rich African Culture through dance, music and drumming. This event was organized by Neighbors Impacting Communities, a non profit organization in North County whose mission is to Empower subdivisions in north county to become active in efforts to preserve our communities and create innovative programs for the youth.  read more

U.S. Naturalization Ceremony Keynote Address by Adeyinka “Yinka” Faleti

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U.S. Naturalization Ceremony
Keynote Address by Adeyinka “Yinka” Faleti
Harris Stowe State University
Federal Judge Patricia Cohen presiding
February 8, 2019 at 11 AM

INTRODUCTION:
Thank you, Judge Cohen, for that introduction. And wasn’t that a great rendition of America the Beautiful? …  I wish I could sing like them. To Judge Cohen, Distinguished Guests, and you the Newest Citizens-to-be of the United States of America: Good morning! And Congratulations! What a momentous occasion. What a memorable day for you! What an honor for me. I am deeply honored to have been asked to share in your joy this morning. I am overjoyed for you! read more

New US envoy Kyle McCarter outlines Trump’s agenda for Kenya

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By CHRIS WAMALWA
In Summary: Kyle McCarter said that corruption should not be allowed to deprive the Kenyan people of the benefits of a robust economy and democracy.He said Kenyans must never allow differences or pride to compromise unity and stability of the country

St. LOUIS, MISSUORI,

The Donald Trump administration’s priorities for Kenya will be to support the fight against corruption and terrorism.

It also seeks to foster unity among Kenyans while developing projects that focus on sustainability and self-reliance, the incoming US ambassador to Kenya has said. read more

V4A Executive Director Speech at Ambassador Kyle Reception

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Vitendo4Africa has been enthusiastically working hard to improve the social and economic opportunities for African immigrants and other minority communities in North County. Vitendo4Africa serves many immigrants who come to this country through DV lottery, an act passed in 1990 to encourage immigration from underrepresented nations. Others come through student visa, family petition, or for Employment.  According to statistics over 40% of legal permanent residents from Africa who are settling in this region have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in their home country. Unfortunately, many of them don’t end up working in their field of study. They will only survive on a entry level job making minimum wage unless they start all over and learn new skills.  This problem also extends to their children including those who were born in America. read more

African Restaurants in St. Louis

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African Palace
Features West African, Caribbean and a little American cuisine and beverages
Unassuming locale & weekend nightspot turning out traditional West African dishes & cocktails
4005 seven hills Dr,
Florissant, MO 63033
Tel: 1 314.921.4600, Facebook

House of Jollof
House of Jollof provide authentic African food catering in the Greater St. Louis area. CORPORATE EVENTS, WEDDINGS, COLLEGES/SCHOOLS
Tel: (314) 384-9153
http://www.myhouseofjollof.com

Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant
Ethiopian restaurant
Address: 3210 S Grand Blvd ·
Tel: (314) 772-4442 read more

Citizenship and Workforce Development

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Citizenship & Naturalization

CitizenshipV4A offers citizenship classes to help you prepare for your test. The class is every week for 4 weeks. If you need help filing for your citizenship we can do that for you as well.

Through our partners, V4a offers consultations to help immigrants apply for a wide variety of needs.

  • Applications for family reunification (family-based visa petitions)
  • Employment Authorization renewals
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applications
  • Applications for Legal Permanent Residency
  • Naturalization applications
  • Citizenship Certificate applications
  • Consular applications
  • V-visa applications
  • Other applications

Financial Literacy

Once a month we have financial experts come and teach classes on how to be financially successful. We cover topics on credit repair, renting/owning houses, savings, etc. Join us now for read more

Kenya’s Kids Exhibit at Magic House

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On behalf of Vitendo4africa and Kenyan Community of St. Louis, I would like to express our sincere thank you for attending Kenya’s Kids Exhibit grand opening ceremony at Magic House. The Magic House’s newest cultural exhibit, Kenya’s Kids, is designed to help Magic House visitors discover what life is like for children in Kenya today. The F4kidz African Kids Dance group did a wonderful performance.

This historic event was attended by hundreds of Kenyans and friends living in St. Louis. In the presence was Senator Kyle McCarter, Tim Nowak of World Trade Center  and Betsy Cohen of St Louis Mosaic Project. Other organizations who were represented includes International Institute St. Louis, St. Louis Zoo, World Wide Technology, Claim Academy and the great people of Kenyan Community of St. Louis. Watch video read more

Census 2020: Local Africans, African-Americans consider how to respond to questions about origins

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The 2020 census is still two years away, but there is plenty of buzz about what the federal survey will ask, including questions about citizenship and country of origin.

For the first time, people will be able to write in their origins in a blank box on the census instead of just checking a race.

The survey, which happens every ten years, is designed to count the population so federal funds can be allocated across the country. But the new questions about where people come from can generate confusion or suspicion — especially from African-Americans, who may not know where their ancestors originated, or immigrants who believe their responses might be used against them in the future. read more

New groups help immigrants, refugees find their way to services in St. Louis

New groups help immigrants, refugees find their way to services in St. Louis

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Many organizations in St. Louis have made a concerted effort recently to be more welcoming to refugees and immigrants.

But that doesn’t mean that when people get here they have an easy adjustment.

That process should be made easier, some say, with a new effort called the Immigrant Service Providers Network.

The group, announced Tuesday at the International Institute, brings together local organizations already helping the foreign-born population in St. Louis.

Kenyan immigrant Geoffrey Soyiantet talks about his transition to life in the U.S. A new coalition called the Immigrant Service Providers Network aims to help newcomers adjust and get the services they need when they come to St. Louis. CREDIT KAMEEL STANLEY | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

“We want to make sure we know that everybody knows what each other is doing,” said St. Louis Center For Family Development CEO Nancy Spargo, who is chairing the new group, which has taken the nickname ISPN.  “We want to make sure we’re pulling together, that we are coordinated in our efforts.” read more

Civics & Civility: Religion and the Immigrant Experience

Civics & Civility: Religion and the Immigrant Experience

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On Aug. 3, 2017, a gathering of engaged St. Louis community members and FOCUS alumni attended a discussion on “Religion and the Immigrant Experience” at CIC in the Cortex complex. This was the first in a series of four Civics & Civility Forums that will be hosted by FOCUS St. Louis and sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council over the next year.

Providing insights on the overlap of religion and the immigrant experience on were the following panelists:

  • Dr. Anna Crosslin, long-time head of the International Institute whose leadership has helped establish so many of our foreign born St. Louisians in their new lives;
  • Imam Djilali Kacem of the Dar-Al Jalal Islamic Center, much of whose congregation are finding their feet in their new home of St. Louis as Muslims;
  • Dr. Ben Moore of Fontbonne University, whose work with the Bosnian Memory Project delved into the decades long process of assimilation; and
  • Geoffrey Soyiantet, whose organization Vitendo4Africa is a home-away-from home for African immigrants in the Hazelwood area and beyond.

The conversation made clear what a crucial role a community of faith can play in making the immigrant or refugee experience successful, or more difficult. As Dr. Crosslin pointed out “a refugee’s first 10 years in a new community are really just about survival.” Imam Kacem added that survival for immigrants may mean becoming a “jack-of-all-trades” and driving cab, or tending the counter, while they do the hard work of opening doors to re-establish themselves in their chosen field, as doctors, veterinarians, programmers etc. Furthermore, communities of faith can often be instrumental in networking immigrants and refugees to find that first temporary job, and their eventual career. Dr. Moore described how a community of faith can define immigrants’ and refugees’ new lives “over here” as opposed to their old lives “over there.” Geoffrey Soyiantet added stories of his success in reaching immigrants and connecting them to services by contacting them through their communities of faith. read more