Efforts to provide effective educational opportunities and activities appropriate for specific identified audiences:
EDUCATIONAL and SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR YOUTHS:
The West Indian Foundation is committed to the education and development of youths. Ongoing programs include the Fine Arts, Career Recreation Educational, After School Communication Arts and Mathematics, Junior Cricket and a Youth Day Celebration.
The Foundation seeks to encourage and motivate students to reach higher standards of achievement, through the Marcus Garvey and the West Indian Migrant Farm Workers Scholarship Programs, annual scholarship awards provides recognition and financial support for students pursuing a college education.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS:
Through the “Over 40” Committee a variety of educational seminars and workshops for adults are produced. Past workshops have included such topics Stress Management, Financial Management, Adult Literacy, Legal Planning, Home Management, Managing Loneliness for seniors, Breast, Cervical and Prostate Cancer Detection, as well as Sports, Recreation and Physical Education.
Support to social programs, such as; Marcus Garvey Essay Contest, West Indian Week; activities including a Greater Hartford West Indian Parade, Cultural Extravaganza, Health Fair, In and Outdoor Summer Concerts, Caribbean Arts and Craft Christmas Bazaar and Children’s Theatre reinforces the strong commitment to family unity which is deeply rooted in the West Indian cultural traditions.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH and DEVELOPMENT:
A goal of the West Indian Foundation is to foster and strengthen a sense of unity among all West Indian social, fraternal, business groups and associations, through efforts by Friends of the West Indian Foundation working with area health, education, business and cultural organizations to provide ongoing service to the community.
The Foundation serves as a communal resource to improve the quality of life for West Indians and West Indian-Americans. Our CARIBBEAN SHOWCASE is designed to explore activities around Arts in Education, Music and Dance, aimed on focusing on traditions of the Caribbean that will enhance mutual understanding and sharing of the culture, both in and around the Metro Hartford region.