Celebrating one’s culture goes to the heart of self-esteem for any community, and especially where it concerns its children. It’s one of the reasons YoFES produces each summer a signature showcase of Haiti culture it calls YoFestival Produced in partnership with Boston’s Consulate General of Haiti and a host of other organizations, YoFestival celebrates all-things-Haiti for those who call Greater Boston ‘home.
With an eye toward promoting the island republic’s history and culture, YoFestival features competitions in singing, creative writing, short essays and poetry, painting and drawing, and native clothing and costumes. It is an opportunity to pass the country’s glorious history and culture from one generation to the next.
Lionel Benjamin – Singer, Song Writer
The Best of Ourselves Award
Established in 2003, the Boston International Film Festival features independent films from around the world. The 10-day festival offers a rare opportunity to promote dialogue between filmmakers and the audience in an intimate setting. The program includes feature films, short films and documentaries, with a strong emphasis on multi-culturalism.
The Black & White Party has served as Discover Roxbury’s annual fundraiser specifically formed to support local artists and advance arts education and programming in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Net proceeds from the event directly fund the operations of Roxbury Open Studios, the ArtROX! Hub, and other events in the ArtROX! series.
The mission of 1000jobsHaiti is to fight poverty by assisting in the creation of sustainable jobs at just wages. VBS Photography – Venita Bell Shaw traveled to Haiti to assistance in the project “Haiti is a Study in Contradictions”.
EDEM Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide an environment of mentoring, learning, and support services for the incubation and growth of successful enterprises and institutions that will create and sustain jobs in communities in Haiti by leveraging the unique resources of the region.
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An event to show honor and respect to our elders and a moment to commemorate the January 12th, 2010 Earthquake! Youth and Family Enrichment Services, Inc. (YOFES) in collaboration with the Haitian Mental Health Network, The Haitian Health Institute, Sant Bel Vi, Sant Grandet at The Church of the Holy Spirit, and the Consulat General de La Republique D’Haiti at Roxbury Community College.