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.
Gracemary is also among 34 students from 16 states who were selected for the 2018 Hamilton Scholars Award. Alexander Hamilton Scholars focuses on closing the opportunity gap for young people helping them earn a college degree and build purpose-driven lives.
Gracemary is also among the eight Missouri high school students who were awarded Monsanto Scholarship by Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC). The scholarship is available to all Missouri freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school who are committed to improving their communities, while inspiring others to serve through their volunteerism.
In 2018, Gracemary was crowned Queen of Saint Louis during Queen’s Night which invites women from around St. Louis. It recognized her impactful leadership and activities throughout the metropolitan area. She earned the Emerging Woman Leader Award for being involved greatly in both the program and the community. She was recognized her especially for her many hours volunteering and leading various program such as the ACT Preparation class and mentoring others.
Gracemary is a product of 4A mentorship program that works with immigrants youth in St Louis. She has been very actively involved in the program where she takes the lead on addressing issues that affects immigrant and refugee youth in St Louis. Last year she was the coordinator of Kenya mission trip where the group raised over $10,000 for a service project in Kenya.
Not only does Gracemary lead well, she also is a wonderful mentee in the program. She regularly attends meetings where she earnestly listens in to the wisdom of the mentors while actively participating with thoughtful responses. This proves her commitment to growth and learning new perspectives which we know she will continue to do as she matriculates into the college classroom and environment.
Other students in the mentorship program includes; Sally Gacheru who has been accepted at St. Louis University, Victor Rotich at Rhodes college, Elizabeth Kamau at Lindenwood University. We are proud of these students for their great achievement and we wish them the best as they pursue their dreams.
We also partner with Claim Academy and Launchcode to provide a platform for immigrants and refugees youth develop skills in software programming. More than ten students who have graduated are already working at Express Scripts, Mastercard, Charter/Spire and other tech companies in St Louis. Watch Video
The Mentorship program helps to connect immigrant professionals with college and high school students. The goal of this program is to establish an informal trusting relationship between adult volunteers and high school or college students that is mutually beneficial with accountability and responsibility from both parties. The program helps to equip immigrants youth with necessary life and social skills to be successful and a positive influence in their home, school, and community.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 12pm-1.30pm at different locations in St Louis. We ask businesses and organizations to host these forums to give our youth opportunities to know about potential employers and internship opportunities. To sponsor the meeting please call us at 3142520488 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.