NEW BRITAIN - Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. will host an open house for children and teens on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Trinity-On-Main.
Queen Ann Nzinga Center welcomes youths ages 5 to 17. The center announced that the event will give attendees the opportunity to sample the kinds of activities they can expect if they decide to join including games, snacks and creative arts. Staff will be on board answering questions and assisting attendees with signing up for the program.
Information on QANC volunteers and student community learning hours will also be provided during the event. The open house will include an information table to fill in visitors about the program’s accomplishments and goals.
Visitors will be able to meet current participants, mentors and teachers. Those who are not able to make it to the open house are invited to attend the first session. QANC’s tuition is based on a sliding scale. Children are not turned away because of inability to pay. Nzinga’s Watoto, PRIDE and the Male Mentor are the programs offered at QANC.
The Watoto program was established in 1990 and it uses the arts and an experiential program model based on the seven principles of Kwanzaa to foster a strong self-image in children.
The PRIDE program was established in 2005 and it is geared toward girls and teens to encourage positive growth and development through activities focused on arts and humanities. The Male Mentor program has the same structure of the PRIDE program, but it places an emphasis on male gender-specific issues.
“We want to give kids a solid sense of self,” Dayna Snell, executive director of QANC, said. “We create an atmosphere where kids of all ages, races and abilities can be leaders and experience success. We have fun.”
The center promotes youth development among children of all abilities and races across the state, but mostly children in the greater Plainville, Berlin, Bristol and New Britain area. Educational and performance-based programs are offered to children and youth at the center throughout the school year. Inter-generational mentoring is also available. The center focuses on designing programs that build self-esteem, foster creativity and enhance life skills.
The programs offered by QANC are funded by the American Savings Foundation, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Prosperity Foundation, Wells Fargo, Elizabeth H. Norton Trust Fund, the New Britain Commission on the Arts, J. Walton Bissell Foundation and others.
Trinity-On-Main is located at 19 Chestnut St. To learn more about QANC visit www.dayna-snell.squarespace.com .
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.