Early last month F4KIDZ African Dance group performed their first public event at Missouri History museum. The group had also an opportunity to tour the museum and learn about civil right movement. It was also interesting to hear them share how they compare their school lives in Kenya and in USA.  V4A takes it very serious teaching immigrants kids about world cultures to help them appreciate the differences in people and their traditions. Learning about their culture gives them identity and it helps to boost their self esteem. Watch video

V4A in partnership with Missouri Arts Council, offers classes on African Dance, Swahili classes and African culture to immigrant kids in St. Louis. This helps to address many challenges facing immigrant youth and parents as they try to assimilate in the American lifestyle.
Immigrant parents have willingly made many sacrifices, but often donate anticipate the culture clash and conflict with their own teens who, growing up in America, have a far greater identification with American culture. Their behavior and values may baffle or appall these parents and defeat their expectations. Sometimes the teens have internal conflict as well. They may feel culturally split, trying to be obediently, traditional child at home and an all American girl/boy at school. These competing requirements can be very stressful as teens essentially lead a double life, with all the lies that entails.

V4A promotes discussion forums and activities between parents and kids to help improve communication and resolve conflicts. In June we had a memorable daddy/daughter dinner date , mother and son dinner and every Friday over seventy kids meets to play the game of soccer together. This gives parents and kids opportunity to exercise and to bond.

Supportive and close family relationships protect your child from risky behavior like alcohol and other drug use, and problems like depression. Your support and interest in what your child is doing at school can boost his desire to do well academically too. Strong family relationships can go a long way towards helping your child grow into a well-adjusted, considerate and caring adult. 

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