Umoja Kijana Shujaa: A Leadership Program for Black Youth
Combating white supremacy, criminalization, anti-Blackness and advancing Black Liberation.
Umoja Kijana Shujaa is Swahili for unity youth warriors. This program seeks to honor our ancestors by using the Swahili language since it is one of the most spoken languages on the continent of Africa. Unity; we work to build an integrated community of self determination and collective liberation. Youth; we believe that youth are leaders and must encourage them to take the lead. Warriors; we must be brave in the face of white supremacy, promise to fight it with our hearts as well as our minds and in our actions. This six week program was developed to uplift underserved Black youth ages 14-24 while creating a safe, affirming and healing learning environment. After completion of the summer program, participants receive additional support through ongoing mentorship to continue to develop their skills.
Umoja is a space dedicated to the Black radical tradition born out of the civil rights era when young folks took the lead to mobilize, organize and helped to create the type of world we all deserve. This program is a resource available to Black youth in Portland Metro, affirming of TQLBG community, to help provide opportunities for civic and political engagement. This program works to empower Black youth through political education, group dialogues, and critical thinking. Umoja enhances the skills youth already have and applies them to grassroots organizing. By creating this kind of program here in Portland we are actively combating white supremacy through education and community service.
Check out the youth from the Umoja 2017 cohort at our Night Out for Saftey and Liberation video from Outside the Frame.
Umoja 2018 Dates
July 6th, 2018 11am-5pm
July 13th, 2018 11am-5pm
July 20th, 2018 11am-5pm
July 27th, 2018 11am-5pm
August 3rd, 2018 11am-5pm
August 7th, 2018 Time TBD
August 10th, 2018 11am-5pm
Umoja Kijana Shujaa is only possible because of the generous support of hundreds who believe in Black youth leadership, and that those who are most deeply impacted are the right people to build towards justice.
If it is within your means, consider donating generously today. Contact if you would like to discuss a larger gift towards Umoja.
Participants in Umoja will:
Learn about Enlace's Integrated Organizing Approach (IOA) for stategic campaigning and movement building.
Build a collective analysis of what is Black Liberation.
Participate in organizing and planning Freedom Cities events and actions.
Gain tools to be in community practice and personal practice of wellness and healing.
Work with local front-line community lead organizations doing racial, gender, reproductive and economic justice in the Portland Metro area.
Receive mentorship through the year with a community elder.
This program is dedicated to making this program as accessible as possible so we provide a $15/hr stipend, lunch and transportation support. If you would like more information about Umoja Kijana Shujaa, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are a Black youth ages 14-24 live in Portland Metro and would like to participate in Umoja Kijana Shujaa this summer apply here.
“Umoja is a community space where people understand me. They look like me,
they talk like me and they understand what I am saying. They aren’t gonna
judge me. I can say what I feel and not be ridiculed or hated for it.”