KPA 
Programs

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.

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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.

Audience

  • 12-15 Cabo Verdean youth in grades 7-12 
  • Girls who recently immigrated to Boston and attend a Boston Public School

Program Location

CVBA Amilcar Cabral Youth Leadership Center – 242 Bowdoin St, Dorchester, MA 02122

Website: http://www.cvaboston.org/

Program Dates

14 weeks program (March 1 – Jun 2)

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 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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

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Our Signature Events are the Annual Kriola’s Brunch and the Connecting Islands Symposium. We often partner with other organizations to bring you additional events throughout the year. 

View the calendar to learn more about what’s in store for this year.

Upcoming Events

Our Signature Events are the Annual Kriola’s Brunch and the Connecting Islands Symposium. We often partner with other organizations to bring you additional events throughout the year. 

View the calendar to learn more about what’s in store for this year.

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Previous Events

Click the images below to view a gallery of some of many of our past events

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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