November 14, 2012
UMOJA is a rock! I realize that UMOJA means unity, and that is everyting that this intuitively organized, people-friendly, student-loving nonprofit epitomizes, but, more importantly, they connect, and support, young people in the range of "communities" that they serve. And, UMOJA serves across a broad range of holistic, student development communities: self and social-awareness communities, peace communities, educational navigation communities, post-secondary and career planning communities, citizenship, neighborhood and global communities! Yes! I just spent 14 years of the most rewarding part of my teaching life while partnering with UMOJA at Manley Career Academy H. S. on Chicago's Westside! When I look back over the 5 school administrative changes that have occurred in that time, the first thing that comes to mind is the unwavering stability and the creative, pro-activite energy of the UMOJA staff and thier mission of enriching young peoples lives. As a carpentry instructor, I used their develpment foundations to build successes upon, and, ....in the meantime we managed two full-home renovations in the neighborhood!
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