What We Do
We help families advocate for themselves and their children in the juvenile justice system.
Mentoring & Cultural Programming
We want young people to know that they are part of a caring community and come from a rich cultural heritage. That’s why we provide an array of programming in New Orleans’ juvenile jail and prison.
Family Advocacy in Juvenile Court
Court can be intimidating and confusing, so we train Parent Navigators to explain the legal process and help families advocate for themselves and their children.
Parent Leadership & Research
Ubuntu holds regular parent leadership classes and engages families in participatory action research to identify and address issues in the juvenile justice system.
Support Ubuntu on GiveNOLA Day!
On May 2, join thousands of people in donating to local non-profits that are working to make New Orleans a safe, healthy place to live.
Big News: Department of Justice urges courts to stop charging fines and fees
The practice is discriminatory and particularly detrimental to youth.
Impacts of Carceral Debt on Women
While the focus of criminal justice reform is so often on young men, women and mothers bear hidden costs – financial, emotional, and otherwise.
Workforce Training for Youth
Our friends at Café Reconcile are currently recruiting youth ages 16-24 for its workforce training program. Interested? Attend their January Open house on Tuesday, January 31st!
Join Us for a Must-See Art Exhibition
On January 21, the Newcomb Art Museum will debut a multimedia exhibition centering the experiences of more than 20 system-impacted youth.
Ubuntu Delivers Some Holiday Cheer
The holidays can be a particularly hard time for incarcerated youth and their families. We try to create an opportunity for a little joy and togetherness.
Public Welfare Foundation Spotlights Ubuntu
*New video alert*
Ubuntu Director Named an Activist of the Year
We are so proud to announce that St. Charles Avenue magazine has named Ernest Johnson one of New Orleans’ Activists of the Year!
A Night to Remember
Our village knows how to celebrate!
Debt Free Justice Campaign Gains Steam
After successfully eliminating juvenile fees in Louisiana, Ubuntu is supporting advocates in other states who are trying to do the same.
About Ubuntu Village
MissionUbuntu Village fights for social, economic, and transformational justice for children and communities. We work primarily with families of youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system. We help families advocate for their rights and those of their children by educating them and helping them navigate the juvenile system. At Ubuntu, we believe that those directly affected by incarceration should be at the forefront of efforts to reform the system. We work with parents and young people to conduct participatory action research, analyze inequities in the juvenile justice system, and advocate for changes that would make the system more humane, antiracist, rehabilitative, and just. In all our programming, we prioritize providing immediate economic opportunities to participants and families as well as developing strategies for long-term economic sustainability.
Vision“Ubuntu” is a South African word that means “I am because we are.” In other words, we become our fullest selves through our investment in our communities, our families, and our children. At Ubuntu, we believe that we need to work together as a community to support families and children, create economically sustainable solutions, promote education, innovation, and creativity, and foster transformational justice. We ground our approach in unity, self-determination, collective work, responsibility, purpose, and creativity.
Ubuntu is a village that connects young people and families to resources as well as a space to reflect and to grow. Together, we work toward imagining and creating a world in which all children are empowered to pursue their goals and all families have the economic resources to support them. Through tackling issues like juvenile justice, mass incarceration, racism, unemployment, trauma, joblessness, individualism, and divisiveness, we work toward more just and equitable solutions that enable people confronted with multiple oppressions to overcome them in unity.