KPA programming is designed to help you connect, improve, and give back. Through workshops, panel discussions, meet-ups, conferences, you are guaranteed to learn, connect, and have some fun.
KPA Kares + Womenise.IT
Make a Donation to KPA Kares 2022
By the end of 2021, KPA and Womenise.It was able to surpass its original fundraising goal of $3000, by collecting a total of $3,495 (KPA Kares Donorbox.org and KPA’S CashApp)
New GOAL: $3,495
Help us reach our $6,000 fundraising goal (500 kits, each kit costs $12)
Fundraising Deadline: December 31, 2022
Kriola’s Professional Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift, and estate taxes. Our EINis 83-3712248.
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CABO VERDEAN GIRLS CAN THRIVE IN EDUCATION
Cabo Verdean Youth immigrants face many challenges in America, including language barriers, cultural differences, interrupted schooling, and mental health challenges. Our “Cabo Verdean Girls Can Thrive in Education” after school program is sponsored by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and in partnership with the Cape Verdean Association of Boston, aims to combat these obstacles and help lift the burden many youth experience through mentorship and resource connection. This program was designed to welcome and support Cabo Verdean immigrant youth who have recently migrated to Boston from Cabo Verde to succeed in and out of the classroom.
- 12-15 Cabo Verdean youth in grades 7-12
- Girls who recently immigrated to Boston and attend a Boston Public School
CVBA Amilcar Cabral Youth Leadership Center – 242 Bowdoin St, Dorchester, MA 02122
14 week program (Spring 2023)
GENERATIONAL LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT
Generational Leaders Scholarship Project seeks to create awareness of the financial burdens and lack of equitable opportunities that students of color experience when it comes to pursuing higher education. We pride ourselves on tackling these issues with an equity lens, and provide students an inclusive opportunity to apply to scholarships. Our goal is to enhance the scholarship application experience for students of color who have long been marginalized and shut out of funding towards their higher education.
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We aim to target students who are much more than their GPA. In fact, data from the U.S. Department of Education shows a wide racial disparity in the grade point averages of bachelor’s degree recipients. Overall, just 4% of students of color have a 3.5 to 4 GPA. (Scholarship Statistics 2022 – US and Worldwide Data [updated] (thinkimpact.com)
We’re looking for students that are leaders in their communities and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment by giving back to their communities. The Generational Leaders Project will award two scholarships in the value of $6,000. Each scholar will be awarded $3,000 for the 2022-2023 academic year, paid out in the Fall and Spring.
To target and embolden students of color by closing the access gap and providing them with an equitable opportunity for success that they wouldn’t receive otherwise.
To empower students of color by providing them with the confidence and tools necessary to become powerful leaders in society, thereby creating individuals whose legacies will leave a profound impact for generations to come.
Issue Being Addressed:
Black and hispanic students encounter access gaps in higher education. White students have a 14.2% chance of getting a scholarship, while minority students have 11.2%. Getting into college is no longer enough, they are also less likely to graduate (Washington: The Education Trust, 2017). These startling gaps show that true equity for students of color in higher education means more than getting students to and through college; it also means providing equitable access to programs and scholarships that support their education.
- Black and Hispanic College Students
- 28-87 Completed College Credits
- 2.5+ GPA
- MA Resident only and MUST reside in the Greater Boston area
CONTENT CREATION & PHOTOGRAPHY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA COURSE
Course Designer & Instructor: Fanny Martins
Course Language: Cabo Verdean Creole
This Content Creation & Photography for social media course is designed for creators with a personal or business page. This is the course for you, whether you are thinking about starting a social media platform or looking to improve your online presence. The course covers the bases of content creation, from planning to execution. In this course, you will be introduced to self-photography, with easy tools and minimum equipment to create quality content on your own. You will also learn the bases of photo editing on the mobile phone and help you organize your Instagram feed to share ideas and inspirations to increase traffic to your page and, consequently, increase your revenue.
Generational Leaders Project Scholarship Awardees
The Generational Leaders Project awarded two scholarships in the value of $6,000. Meet our 2022-2023 academic year scholars:
Hello there! My name is Irene Santos, I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, specifically Dorchester. My parents are from Guatemala. Currently, I am attending Regis College and am majoring in nursing. I will be graduating as an honors student in the spring of 2024. I am the youngest of four and am the first in my family to attend college. As of right now, I work as a patient care associate at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and work as an undergraduate nursing toutor at at Regis College. Additionally, I volunteer at Saint Elizabeth Hospital. I enjoy listening to music and heading to the gym when I can. In the future, I want to work in a community-based clinic where I will be able to empower individuals to take part in their own health and healing whether through a Spanish/English translation, diet, second opinions, or learning how to navigate the healthcare system.
OPS INFO MGMT. MAJOR
Hi, I’m Kofi Asibey. I am a first-generation college student pursuing a BBA degree in Operations Information Management with a Data Analytics Minor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I’m currently the vice president of Umass Brotherly Union; an organization based on bringing togetherness, networking, and providing a safe haven for men of color. I also serve as a treasurer for Brother and Sister in Christ; an organization that promotes the gospel of God. Alongside being involved in clubs I’m one of the hosts for Day by Day University; an on-campus podcast focused on advocating the importance of maintaining good mental health as a POC at a PWI. At home, I participate in donation programs to help the least fortunate and involved myself in many non-profit organizations geared towards helping kids, because I was once in the same shoes as them. Born and raised in Ghana, my mom taught me to work like there is no tomorrow and to always remember where I came from. These two lessons have stuck with me and have pushed me to be the best version of myself. Migrating to America at the age of 11 was something that was hard to adjust to mainly since I lived in a predominantly white town but I knew my worth and did not let anything stop me. I involved myself in school government in high school and the leadership traits I gained have solidified my role on campus.
KPA would like to thank Senator Nick Collins and State Rep. Liz Miranda for honoring our scholars with a citation and Rep. Miranda for sharing words of wisdom and inspiration with the graduates. Thank you, Steve Whalen, with City Realty Group, LLC and City Kids, for gifting the graduates with a $500 scholarship. In addition, a special thank you to the President of the Cape Verdean Association, Paulo Amado De Barros, and the whole organizing for gifting the young ladies with tablets and all of their assistance throughout this program. Lastly, KPA would like to thank Boston City Councilor At-Large Erin Murphy, Bowdoin-Geneva Main Streets Haris Hardaway, and representatives from Jeremiah E. Burke High School and Dearborn STEM Academy for being in attendance. Lastly, thank you to Nellie Mae Foundation for sponsoring this program and bringing resources to the community.
Click the images below to view a gallery of some of many of our past events
KPA “GALENTINES DAY” LAUNCH EVENT
Our first event, the “Galentine’s Day” Launch, at Luanda Restaurant & Lounge. The launch event was all about introducing KPA to the world and creating a space for women to celebrate women. We were grateful to have close to 90 women in the room, and the special presence of Ani from Criolas Contra Cancer hosting the event and our keynote speakers – Mayor of Brockton, Bill Carpenter, and State Rep. Liz Miranda.
CONNECTING ISLANDS: A NETWORKING AND PERSONAL BRANDING SYMPOSIUM
KPA hosted “Connecting Islands: A Networking and Personal Branding Symposium,” as part of the 2019 City Awake Festival: Energizing Millennials of Color to Unlock Boston’s Promise. Through fun and engaging activities, KPA offered self-improvement opportunities that supplement professional development and personal growth. We highlighted two keynote speakers, Bidemi Palmer and Dr. Terza A. Silva Lima-Neves, who both aspire to educate, influence, and inspire others through their networking and personal branding experiences. Additionally, we had workshops, a profile head-shots area, and a range of expert guidance and advice regarding professionalism, including resume and interviewing tips.
KPA REAL ESTATE WORKSHOP
Hosted in collaboration with Amilton Baptista & Nilton DePina Real Estate agents and KPA Official Partners, the Real Estate Workshop focused on the key steps to successfully buying your first home, and how to add value to your property. There were also opportunities for attendees to win raffle prizes from our sponsors: Criola’s Contra Cancer, interior design consultation by Irene Depina, and We Lit Entertainment.
CABO VERDEAN WOMEN’S PAINT NIGHT
Our first paint night event, in honor of Women’s Month in March, as well as Cabo Verdean Women’s Day (Dia da Mulher Cabo Verdiana) on March 27th. The paint night was hosted by Yolanda Smith. We also had a variety of sponsors who supported our event and donated prizes for raffles as well!