APHA Expo 2019 in Philadephia

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V4A research project was selected among thousand of applicants across the country to participate in this year APHA conference in Philadelphia.   The focus of the project was on Stressors in immigrant youth assessed within community-based programmingRead more

APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest and most influential annual gathering of public health professionals. Nearly 13,000 public health practitioners, students, educators, advocates and supporters gathered for APHA’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo. The session, which zeroed in on a theme of “Health and Justice Denied,” explored the history of racism and oppression in the U.S. and how its traumatic legacy continues to impact the health and well-being of our communities.   read more

Thank you for your support

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Thank you so much for attending our 2019 V4A Award Dinner! It was a big success, and your participation meant a lot to us. We raised $15,200 at the dinner out of the $17,000 goal.  VIDEO

Because of your generosity,

Your generous support will go a long way in helping Vitendo4Africa provide critical assistance to youth, children and entire African Immigrant and refugee’s families in St Louis Region.  With adequate resources we will be able to improve and expand our programs to reach more immigrant youth and families.  Youth mentorship program provides our youth with access to opportunities, inspire our students, defy stereotypes, and narrow the opportunity gap in our region. read more

Bridget Mwaniki speech at V4A 2019 Dinner

Bridget Mwaniki speech at V4A 2019 Dinner

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Good evening everyone. I would like to thank you all for attending this dinner. I am Bridget Mwaniki, a 17-yearPattonville High School senior, an advocate for change in our community and more so, a proud V4A mentee. I immigrated to the United States early this year, and V4A has been very instrumental in my holistic growth. True to their mission to welcome, connect and empower healthier immigrant individuals and families through the provision of support, services, and resources, V4A has provided me and many other young people with a platform to shine and express ourselves in a way that makes us have a distinction among others. V4A offers numerous programs to empower young people, such as our mentorship program, where we are all assigned mentors who are professionals in the career fields that we aspire to pursue. This gives keeps us on track and also serves as encouragement that our dreams are attainable. Our mentors are incredible people, who go out of their way to make time for us and uplift us in our various endeavors (thank them and give a shout out). We also hold monthly meetings where resourceful speakers come to expose us to the opportunities available to us. This kind of investment in young people, is what makes a difference on how we want to mold our next generation. V4A also provides us with networking opportunities such as programs with colleges (eg . Bridge the Gap) which helps us navigate our way and establish strong bonds with other organizations that are crucial to our career development. read more

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