Board of Directors
Nana Benyarko, Co-founder & President
Susana Liu, Vice President
Nina Badoe, Secretary
Marvin Mitchel, Treasurer
New Beginnings International Family Center, Inc. will provide classes and workshops to immigrants and their families. More specifically, we hope to become a one-stop shop organization that will offer educational resources to help immigrants acclimate to their new lives in the United States, including, but not limited to, ESL courses, Adult Basic Education, GED, Basic Computer Classes, and Support Groups.
By doing so, NBIFC will help impoverished and underserved immigrants integrate into their new communities and become thriving and successful members of society
Our Strategic Initiatives:
Education: Provide the educational tools and resources that will help families successfully transition into the American society.
Coping: Provide counseling and support to those who are having difficulties adjusting.
Resources: Provide resources that will help families get accimulated in their new environment.
Services: Provide services that will help familiies to feel empowered and motivated to succeed.
Nana Benyarko is a Co-founder and President of NBIFC. She moved from Ghana to the United States when she was ten years old. Like most immigrant children, she experienced many hardships as a result of the dramatic changes. She was often bullied for her appearance and her strong accent. As a result, Nana often lived in fear, making her resent her Ghanaian roots. Her desire to be accepted by her peers made her rebel, affecting her grades and the relationships around her. The instability of moving and attending multiple schools did not help. Finally, after settling in Oklahoma with her aunt and uncle, who provided her the real support and attention that she needed, she excelled in all areas of her life -- most notably, academically and socially.
Nana holds a Bachelors in Business and Marketing from Northeastern State University. She co-founded NBIFC as her way to give back, to provide assistance, stability and support for all young immigrant children and their families so as to empower them for their new lives in America.
Nakiya Brown is a Co-founder of NBIFC. She came to the U.S. from Jamaica at the age of 11. When she first came to America, she had a difficult time adjusting to the U.S. culture and school system. Nakiya was teased and bullied because her accent was very strong, and because she did not "fit" in with the crowd. Nakiya felt hopeless, and there was no support system that could help her through this transition. As a result, she struggled in school and found herself lost in the crowd. She tried to fit in, but it was extremely difficult. Fortunately, at some point in her life, Nakiya found herself and her voice. She graduated from John Jay College with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration, and she is currently pursuing her MBA at State University of New York.
Nakiya developed a keen interest in nonprofit due to her experience as an immigrant child. Because of this, she wants to ensure that all immigrants have the tools they need to succeed. This is why this not-for-profit organization means so much to her.
Susana Liu is Director of Outreach and Communications and a member of the Board of Directors. Susana immigrated to Oakland, California from Hong Kong with her parents when she was two years old. Her childhood was peaceful and happy in Oakland until her father’s career uprooted them to Houston, Texas. As the sole Chinese student in elementary and middle school, Susana often experienced racial prejudice first-hand – taunts from fellow classmates and strict scrutiny from her teachers. She was lucky to have the support of her parents, but their advice to “ignore and push forward” was ineffective and led her to resent her culture. It wasn’t until she met her best friend in high school, a girl who had gone through similar experiences, did she finally learn to understand and appreciate her life as a Chinese-American.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and classical studies from the University of Houston and a Master of Liberal Arts in international relations and political science from St. Thomas University. Susana joins NBIFC to honor her parents who tried to support her during her most difficult years and her best friend who helped her reconcile her two worlds. She focuses on the education, support and mentoring programs for immigrant youths.