Programs Open to the Community Youth
Summer Performing Arts Camp – Camp Nia
This is a low-cost, 2-week, full-day program open to girls ages 11-14 and includes lunch and snacks. With an Afrocentric foundation, the camp addresses self-esteem, self-confidence, self-control, self-expression, cultural awareness, health & exercise, and proper diet via the performing arts. Four classes are offered: vocals, dance, drama, and stage design, and the girls select two classes to focus on for the duration of the camp. Classes are taught by high school students, college students, and/or professionals experienced in the craft being taught. The entire two weeks of Camp Nia are spent preparing for a culminating performance which is open to the community.
Youth Leadership Conference
Each year, Sisters of Nia hosts a leadership conference targeting boys and girls ages 11-14. Nia alumni and community leaders give their time to present workshops which provide youth with information and skills for building self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse awareness and avoidance, peer pressure, self-control, sex education and health, and the law. The main goal of the conference is to educate and inspire youth to work to their fullest potential, live their lives with a purpose, and to take on leadership roles in their families, schools, and communities.
Each spring, Sisters of Nia hosts a talent show where youth are encouraged to share their talents with the community. Acts include song, dance, spoken word, and comedy, among other talents. In addition, Sisters of Nia girls are highlighted, sharing special performances while demonstrating their increased level of confidence.
Sisters of Nia, Inc. Events
Before starting the weekly meetings for the new school year, the 7th and 8th grade Nia girls attend an annual overnight retreat together focused on strengthening their self-esteem, sisterhood, and problem-solving skills. After attending the retreat, the girls tend to have a stronger bond with one another, in addition to stronger self-esteem, having accomplished tasks together they never viewed as possible. They come back from the retreat stronger, and ready to start the new Nia year with a bang!
HBCU/Black History Tour
As part of their culminating rites of passage, the 8th grade Nia girls attend a Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)/Black History Tour. They visit various HBCU’s and locations focused on African and African-American history. The purpose of this trip is to bring the African history lessons from our weekly sessions full circle, and to reinforce each of the Sisters of Nia principles. During the trip, the girls are able to make visual connections from many of the weekly lessons. Upon returning home, each girl will prepare a presentation to be given to the 6th and 7th grade Nia girls , and will share highlights about her experience on the trip.
Rites of Passage Ceremony
The program culminates with a rites of passage ceremony, symbolizing the girls moving to new levels of maturity, as purposeful, confident, and motivated young women. Prior to the ceremony, each girl must complete a series of eight tasks, each representing one of the Nia principles. Tasks include research, presentations, and interviews enabling the girls to learn about and connect with a variety of African Americans in their families, communities, and career interests. Upon completion of the program, each girl will be armored with a set of tools to be well prepared for her future.