The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. promotes positive youth development among children of all races and abilities throughout Connecticut but primarily to children in Plainville, Bristol and New Britain. The Center offers educational and performance-based programs to children and youth throughout the school year. The programs are designed to build self-esteem, enhance life skills, and foster creativity in an environment that celebrates diversity and provides inter-generational mentoring.
The Watoto program started in 1990 and uses the arts and an Afro-centric based model (the seven principles of Kwanzaa) to foster a strong self-image in children and youth.
Established in 2005 is designed to work with girls between the ages of 7 through 17 to encourage positive growth and development through structured arts and humanities activities.
The Male Mentor Program is a mirror image of the PRIDE program and is lead by male mentors and places some emphasis on male gender-specific issues.