V4A Student Ambassador Program

V4A Student Ambassador Program

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Program Description

The Student Ambassador Program is a Program designed to help new incoming immigrants transition smoothly in schools. The student ambassadors will assist the students in finding classrooms, lockers, and major areas of the school. They will also work with diverse populations and provide tips on being a successful student. Furthermore, they inform the new students about resources offered in school and also at Vitendo 4 Africa organization. The student ambassadors will also help other immigrants that are already at the school develop friendships and connections among the immigrant population.

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STL Nonprofit News: Q&A with Vitendo4Africa’s Geoffrey Soyiantet

STL Nonprofit News: Q&A with Vitendo4Africa’s Geoffrey Soyiantet

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by Nina Needleman

Vitendo4Africa is a 10-year-old nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower stronger, healthier immigrant individuals and families through advocacy, the provision of support and services, strengthening alliances and developing strategic collaborations. 

The group, named after a Swahili word for “action,” addresses needs of African immigrants in North St. Louis County, West County and St. Charles County. Services range from helping people get a credit line, loans or referrals to other service agencies, as well as increasing awareness of nutrition, homebuying, youth development programs, health screenings and legal services. read more

V4A Mentorship Celebrates Great Program Outcomes

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V4A Mentee and Hazelwood West High School senior Gracemary Nganga has been accepted into 22 universities. Read More

Gracemary Nganga is among 150 senior high school students who were selected across the country to join 31st Coca-cola Scholars class of 2019/2020.  Each of these students will receive a $20,000 college scholarship grant and join a family of 6,150+ alumni who are leading positive change in their communities and around the world. Read More

Gracemary moved with her family from Kenya to St. Louis when she was 9 years old. She has earned multiple awards because of her activism in the African Immigrant community and her school environment. She has earned the Kingozi award Kiongozi (Leadership) Award for starting and directing the Kenyan Humanitarian Relief Trip. read more

Hazelwood West High School senior Gracemary Nganga accepted into 22 universities

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Hazelwood West High School senior Gracemary Nganga is like many of her peers this time of year, as she weighs her options and chooses where to attend college.

What sets Nganga apart, though, is the fact her decision might be a little tougher.

How could it not be when you have 22 schools from which to choose?

Throughout the course of her senior year, Nganga has received acceptance letters from almost two dozen different schools.

“I just really wanted options when it came to school and to make sure I could compare things like aid, support, resources, and I applied to a variety of different schools,” she said. read more

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