From engineers to artists, from scientists to coders, women and girls are learning, excelling, and engaging in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Marth)!
On Saturday, May 13, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven will host our 8th Annual Multicultural Family Festival, Full STEAM Ahead: Celebrating Women & Girls in S.T.E.A.M. The festival invites families and children of all ages to explore hands-on activities, exciting games, and inspirational performers geared toward highlighting professional women in S.T.E.A.M.
Bringing neighbors an opportunity to come together, build community, and have fun, NHS invites you to experience different careers led by female professionals and learn about how to encourage girls’ interest in S.T.E.A.M. NHS strives to provide a space for people of all ages to enjoy and celebrate all that New Haven has to offer. Admission is free and includes games, food, and activities.
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On Saturday, May 7, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven will host our 7th Annual Family Fun Festival!
This year’s theme, Paint the Town Green, promotes environmentally-minded initiatives and encourages families to do their part to preserve our beautiful earth. Bringing neighbors an opportunity to come together, build community, and have fun, the festival strives to provide a space for people of all ages to enjoy and celebrate all that New Haven has to offer.
Admission is free and includes games, food, and activities.
See more on our facebook page here.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Alder Jill Marks
Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Southern Connecticut State University
Yale New Haven Hospital
On Saturday, May 9, NHS hosted its sixth annual Family Festival. From fire trucks to food trucks, and painting to dancing, we had activities for the entire family to enjoy!
Shout out to everyone who came! It was great to spend time with so many residents, and enjoy food, knowledge and entertainment from Solar Youth, New Haven Reads, Kidz Kook, Elm City Kettlecorn, Thai Awesome, La Carreta, NHPD police (including a K-9), NHFD firemen, and the Hillhouse High Marching Band. We appreciate everything you all did to make this festival such a successful celebration of community!
Lastly, thank you to our generous sponsors, who helped make this possible!
Despite the threat of rain, more than 300 people turned out for this year’s festival, which focused on a theme of “Building Healthy Communities through Family, Food, and Fitness.” Our guests enjoyed a kids’ carnival, an arts and crafts table, Zumba lessons, a dancing zone, seed planting demonstrations, and delicious local food – and everyone went home happy.
It was a day to honor both the diversity and the spirit of the New Haven community. We hope to continue to make this an annual event that families and neighborhood residents can enjoy.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
The 2013 Multicultural Festival celebrated diversity and environmental awareness through the theme of “Inherit the Earth.” More than 400 people from around New Haven showed up for the festivities, which included a lively kids carnival, interactive booths set up by community partners, dancing, music, and, most importantly, food!
Art also had a prominent presence at this year’s festival. In tandem with the “Inherit the Earth” theme, NHS of New Haven and Start Community Bank asked local students to depict what “inheriting the earth” meant to them. An art show took place on the NHS campus commemorating those who brought the expression to life on paper.
We are already looking forward to next year’s festival! To view more photos from this event, check out Tom Ficklin's Photo Album.
Special thanks to the 2013 Multicultural Festival sponsors:
In April 2012, NHS collaborated with our neighbor Start Community Bank to sponsor the Multicultural Family Fun Fest in conjunction with National Minority Health and Financial Literacy Month. The event was held on Saturday, April 28 in the parking lots of NHS and Start Community Bank on both sides of Sherman Avenue. The event celebrated cultural diversity, women and youth, and featured art, traditional dancing, salsa, zumba, hip-hop, good food and more.
“Homeownership is a key component to building healthy communities,” said Bridgette Russell, Managing Director of NHS’ HomeOwnership Center. “Since sound fiscal practices are necessary for individuals to position themselves for homeownership, it is quite fitting that Start Community Bank was a collaborating partner in this wonderful outreach event.”
The goal of our 2010 and 2011 Multicultural Festivals was to expand NHS of New Haven’s client base and services within New Haven County, with an emphasis on homeownership opportunities for multicultural women. The Multicultural Festival was an opportunity to share ethnic food, clothes, dance, and music, and to serve as an introduction to a month long-series of bilingual classes for women designed and facilitated by women:
*Women Take The Lead: “Resident Leadership and Community Engagement" workshop
*Get Credit Cents!: “Building Great Credit and Reducing Debt”
*Tool School For Women: “Hands-on Workshop – Basic Home Repair”
*Open The Door To Homeownership: “Preparing to Buy”