wing of UVA comprises of young dynamic adult members
and children of older married members. UVA members
whose children are in school (from first grade to
Bachelors level), are automatic members of the
association provided 1. their parents listed their names with the
association, 2. they attend general monthly meetings regularly
together with their parents and or guardians, 3. help-out in any function of the association for
example arranging chairs at meetings, helping out
during our annual get-together etc. Please note that the above are just for
informational purposes. The children have to be
present at all functions of the association so that
they are known, just as we do it in our various
villages and towns back home.
Every year, the youth have a summer picnic, mostly
in July. However, this picnic is open to adults as
well because, to us Ewes, communism is one of the
major tenets of our culture.
Every August, the association organizes a
back-to-school program for the youth. This program
distributes school supplies to all children of
school going age who are in school here in the
United States only. Children of members who are
outside of the United States do not benefit from
this program as the program is intended to encourage
the children living in the USA, to be active
participants in the Ewe community.
Up until recently, the association’s vibrant
cultural troupe was dominated by the youth. Due to
relocation, graduation etc., the association’s
cultural troupe has not been as vibrant as before.
As a result, the youth participation in this noble
venture has died down. We would like to encourage
all parents to once again start encouraging and
bringing their children to the cultural practices.
“Kokloxor mekpea nu na koklo O”. Their involvement
will go a long way to at least teach them some
aspects of the Ewe culture since they are not back
home (Ghana, Togo, and Benin) to learn everything
there is to know about our culture.
UVA in conjunction with National Council of Ghanaian
Associations (NCOGA) also organizes FREE tutoring
and test prep services to students on Saturdays.
This service is held at the Yonkers Public Library
from 11am to 2pm. Parents are encouraged to register
their wards with the NCOGA Reps of the association,
who will in turn submit such names to the National
Council. NOTE: The more names we get, the more
enthused our dedicated educators will be in coming
out weekly to assist our children.
In the near future, the current executive body is
working on introducing other activities that will
hopefully catch the attention of our youth – for
example recreation afternoons, bowling, “what do you
know competitions”, essay competitions, etc. In an
attempt to preserve our Ewe language, the “what do
you know” and essay competitions etc. will be
conducted in Ewe.
Please visit the site very often for updates as well
as offer your suggestions to make United Volta
Association Inc. one of the best if not the best
regional grouping in North America.