Message from Board Chair

Message from Board Chair

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Welcome! Tonight we are here to celebrate Vitendo4Africa, both what has been accomplished and what will be accomplished. I love that all of the diversity in this room is a true representation of who Vitendo4Africa is.

Several years ago, I was introduced to Geoffrey. I was told that he was a Kenyan with a vision.  As we sat in Starbucks, I heard about his vision for an organization called Vitendo4Africa. His desire to share what he had learned as an immigrant seemed unstoppable. Over the next few months, we continued to meet and discuss how to translate his passion into an organization. That was four years ago, and now I am here as the board chair of this incredible organization. read more

ACT Prep & STEM Program for Immigrant High School

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Most immigrants and refugees students struggle adapting the American education system and it becomes even worse when the teacher is not well equipped to work with student from different cultural background. Some of the  students  don’t pay attention to prepare for their ACT exams and as a result they end up with very low ACT score. This affects their eligibility for scholarship or fail to qualify for some college causes they may want to take.  V4A hopes  to address this problem by investing heavily on ACT preparation classes and parents education about the American education.  ACT classes normally takes place on Saturdays from 4pm to 6p.
In order to create more professionals in the community, we hope to start teaching software development and coding to middle school immigrant students. We looking for partners to launch the program by the end of the year. The computer lab will also be  a great resource teaching adults computer classes, job application and a resource center for business startup. read more

V4A African Dance Group

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Teaching kids about world cultures helps them appreciate the differences in people and their traditions. Learning about their culture gives them identity and helps to boost their self esteem. V4A in partnership with Missouri Arts Council, offers classes on African Dance, swahili classes and African culture to immigrant kids in St. Louis.


Immigrant parents have willingly made many sacrifices, but often do not 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 a dutiful, 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. WATCH VIDEO read more

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Dear St. Louis Mosaic Project Steering Committee:

I want you to have a few talking points and key news articles on the immigration topic for refugees and immigrants. Be assured that as the national policies change,  Mosaic will anticipate and adjust so that we continue to meet our goal , “to have the fastest growth rate for foreign born by 2020”. This means helping the International Institute get the most refugees possible with the new criteria,  advising entrepreneurs, helping universities  to be proactive for international students and assisting with corporate hiring. read more

V4A Health Fair event brings together many service providers for a common cause

V4A Health Fair event brings together many service providers for a common cause

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V4A Health Initiative committee would like to thank  all our sponsors and providers for your participation in our 2017 Health and Safety fair that was held on Saturday January 28th, 2017 in Florissant.

The health fair was planned and implemented in response to the growing health needs among immigrants and low income families in St. Louis.  It was a great success with over 200 attendees and twenty booths of Service providers.    This year event was able to bring together a diverse group African immigrants and refugees from many nationalities. read more

V4A Buinding Young Scientists

V4A Buinding Young Scientists

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Success is not one big step in the future but the little things we do today. During thanksgiving break ,a group of over sixty middle school and elementary immigrant students took educational field trip at St. Louis Science Center. Elementary students had an opportunity to learn about Watermelon Magic in 3D.  Awe-inspiring time-lapse photography condenses the growing cycle into a high-resolution dance of nature.  Through humor and drama, viewers experience the challenges and rewards of growing food, and the shared community of plants, soil, insects, and people that make up a small farm.
Middle school students learned about the mission mars, Electrify and Energize exercise. Students enjoyed Amazing Science Demonstration, Rocket to Mars. They learned about the forces that affect spaceflight and some of the physics behind rocketry.  Through both demonstration and participation, they learned about propulsion and other forces of flight needed to get to Mars and back.  Students had an opportunity to design paper rockets in teams and tested variables that affect the distance their rockets travel.  Used science skills such as measuring, observing and testing to design their rockets and launch them.
scienceV4A strives to build future scientist by helping kids develop interest in STEM subjects. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr notes that “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”.  Through similar events and activities, F4KIDZ program strives to promote mentorship for immigrant students to help them overcome social, emotional, and academic challenges as they pursue their life dreams. V4A F4KIDZ program inspires and help kids to discover their full potential as we invest in their dreams.
We believe this experience will leave a mark in the lives of over sixty kids in our F4kidz program. Science Center focuses on hands-on learning with exhibits, experiments and classes showcasing many different kinds of science. Similar activities and events are scheduled through out the winter period. read more

2016 V4A Dinner

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This is just a quick note to say “thank you” for your continued support of V4A. Without your contribution, and ones like it, it would be impossible to do what we do for our immigrant community in St. Louis.
I want to thank you for attending 2016 V4A Award Dinner. I hope you found the event to be both interesting and enjoyable.  Again I sincerely thank you for choosing for being part of V4A family and valued supporter to help us carry out our mission.
Your generous donation will go a long way in supporting our programs; Women Empowerment, Youth & Kids program and Business startup program.
We know our sponsors are very busy people, but we cherish the opportunity to show our appreciation, and the end of year dinner gives us that opportunity.
To know more about us and partnership opportunities, please visit www.vitendo4africa.org or call us at 314-252-0488. read more