Awards and Recognition 2017-05-12T14:41:57+00:00

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice”

– Bob Marley

2013

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Under Kwayera’s leadership, Ifetayo was recognized as an awardee of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations. It is the highest national honor awarded to exemplary after-school and out-of-school time programs across the United States. In November 2013, the award was presented to Kwayera by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. The Ifetayo Youth Ensemble also had the exclusive honor of performing at the White House during the award ceremony.

Women of Distinction award
Founder and President Kwayera Archer-Cunningham was recognized for the Women of Distinction award by the State of New York, nominated by Senator Kevin S. Parker. Program Awards.

2010

Community Service Award
Founder and President Kwayera Archer-Cunningham was presented with a Community Service Award from the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislator

2008

The New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award
Ifetayo won The New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award for Excellent Culturally Based Management. Kwayera was selected for this award in recognition of culturally-based management and communications strategies, based on cultural discussion circles, as well as a focus on results, effective response to emerging issues and communities, and exemplary communications strategies.

2004

African American Youths in Search of Education and Hope Award
Kwayera was selected for the World Mission Foundation’s African American Youths in Search of Education and Hope Award.

2002

Black Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
Kwayera received the Black Rose Award for Black Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

2001

Union Square Award
Kwayera received the prestigious Union Square Award for “visionary founders and organizations responding to society’s most pressing social, political, and economic issues.”