The importance of the Ujamaa Place Theory of Transformation (ToT) defined.
Ujamaa Place Power Hour
Join Ujamaa Place iS fostering a healthy community that takes care of each other. Ujamaa men need the support of community to help them through challenging barriers along their transformational journey. Informational sessions are held daily upon request. Orientation is held each Wednesday at 10:00am. Call 651.528.8006 for more information or to schedule a meeting with an Ujamaa coach.
Twin Cities United Way Community Leader of the Year: Otis ZandersOtis Zanders was honored as the Community Leader of the Year at our Night to Unite event on March 30. These remarks are adapted from Dr. Artika Tyner’s remarks at the event.
"If I had to use just three words to describe Mr. Otis Zanders, these are the words I’d choose: Visionary. Compassionate. Servant. Mr. Zanders leads Ujamaa Place, a transformational organization in St. Paul that is disrupting the cycle of incarceration for African American men, and creating new pathways for future success.
Ujamaa Place is an African American culturally centric organization focused on young men who may suffer multiple barriers to becoming stable. Ujamaa Place engages these young men to foster their development within the Ujamaa Place community and assist them in becoming stronger, more responsible, employed, prosperous men and fathers who provide and contribute positively to their families and community. Our mission is to empower young Black men (ages 18-30) to redefine their concepts of themselves, manhood, success and positive community values.
Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ujamaa Place offers these young men success in their lives through education and skills training specifically aimed at turning their lives around to become productive members of their families and communities.
Ujamaa Place is not a holding place, but a place of new beginnings and transition. Graduates continue to successfully hold jobs and are enrolled in education, employment, job training programs, housing, health and behavior therapy, in which they gain the skills necessary to secure and maintain high skills and living wages jobs with benefits and strong family and community relationships.
"Ujamaa Place is focused on public policy advocacy to bring change to a criminal justice system that places unreasonable and unjust barriers on our Ujamaa men"