The mission of Ujamaa Place is to assist young African American men primarily between the ages of 18 and 30, who are economically disadvantaged and have experienced repeated cycles of failure. This mission statement is rooted in the philosophy of African American culture and empowerment – that everyone is important, valuable, worthy, and loveable.
Ujamaa Place History
In its tenth year of operations, Ujamaa Place has consistently focused on its core programming of stabilizing and transforming the lives of African American men, primarily aged 18-30, who have experienced involvement with the criminal justice system.
At Ujamaa Place stabilization is accomplished through seven core programs that integrate cultural values of brotherhood, family and taking care of one another under its logic model called the "Theory of Transformation." Each enrolled participant has an individual transformation plan (ITP), designed to meet the transformation needs of each man at the time of enrollment. Mentoring is provided by high context coaches that assist the men every step of the way through their journey.
Ujamaa men have experienced systemic poverty and trauma from living on the streets, therefore, every step forward is a celebration and recognition of the strength they possess within.
Ujamaa men take a courageous step by walking through the doors - entering homeless, jobless and hopeless. A critical initial step is getting the men to trust the "Theory of Transformation" processes by signing them to a high context coach. The wraparound services (37) available under seven programs found in its logic model called the Theory of Transformation (ToT), have a successful track record of saving the lives of men starting with stabilization and resulting in transformation of the most marginalized population in society. African and African American culture embedded into the ToT programming teach the men "from where they came from," to give them a sense of pride and hope to support their stabilization and transformation journey.
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