Nia: Pathways and Purpose for the Future – Kenosha County

Extracurricular career and college exploration program for 6th-12th grade youth of color in Kenosha County

About Nia:

Nia is an extra-curricular program designed for 6th-12th grade youth of color to explore their skills, interests, and options for after high school. Nia helps connect youth with the resources available to pursue their goals and dreams. While in Nia, youth have the opportunity to work with local mentors and learn about college, professional training, and work options in a fun, hands-on way before making a decision about their futures. Nia includes afterschool programming, summer activities, and field trips around the county, state, and country!

Nia Use Your Voice Summer Workshop:

August 4th and 11th, 2022 from 3:30pm-6pm, the Kenosha Southwest Neighborhood Library will host the Nia “Use Your Voice!” Workshop. This workshop will allow youth to learn and practice public speaking skills, develop a personal “elevator pitch” to use in job interviews, work with community leaders to advocate for what they believe in and get involved! Programming will be indoors and outdoors, weather provided. All youth 6th-12th grade are welcome!

Check out the flyer linked here, and sign up here!

Nia Afterschool & Summer Program:

Every Thursday afterschool, middle school and high school-aged youth are invited to join Nia at the Kenosha Southwest Neighborhood Library (7979 38th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53142) for the Nia: Pathways and Purpose for the Future program! Youth are invited to arrive anytime after they get out of school until 6pm. For the 2022-23 school year, the first after-school day will be September 1st. 

Programming consists of guest speakers, including local leaders and business owners, career and college support services such as resume help, college and job application workshops, interviewing practice and more, and workshops to help youth learn skills and learn about what they might love to do in a career! In addition, there are opportunities to explore culture and careers through field trips throughout the community.

Check out the flyer linked here, and scroll down for information on the sign up form!

More About Nia:

A partnership between the Kenosha Public Library and UW-Madison Division of Extension, Nia brings together a collection of awesome local resources. Nia provides weekly programming after school that includes workshops with local leaders in the community, resume, job, and college application assistance, homework help, and career skill building. In addition to meeting every Thursday, Nia hosts events, field trips around the state and country, and provides a collection of resources available to youth at any time. It is an adaptable program that changes depending on the ideas and needs of the youth involved. Building confidence, fostering community, and having fun are at the center.

“Nia” is a Swahili word meaning “purpose.” Nia is a program built on a philosophy of youth leadership and helping each youth find their purpose and a career that makes them happy, whatever they decide that may be. This is a program focused on and geared toward youth in the Black community. All are welcome to join at any time.

Nia hosts programming from 3-6pm every Thursday at Southwest Neighborhood Library, which youth are invited to join at whatever time they get out of school. Nia also hosts regular field trips throughout Kenosha, to Milwaukee and Chicago, and all over the state and country to learn about college, careers, and culture!

Sign Up Today!

Sign up for Nia by filling out the form linked here (the same form is also linked above) and emailing, mailing, or dropping it off to Positive Youth Development Educator for Kenosha County, Erica Ness at, Extension Kenosha County, Kenosha County Center, 19600 – 75th Street, Suite 2 Bristol, WI 53104. You can also call Erica at 262-857-1934.