What we do
We divide our work into eight areas of focus.
Mentoring & Cultural Programming
We provide mentoring and cultural programming for youth held at Bridge City Center for Youth (BCCY) and the Youth Study Center (YSC).
Family Advocacy in Juvenile Courts
Ubuntu’s 2018 report, Families Fighting for Youth Justice, demonstrated the several ongoing issues in the juvenile courts: lack of communication, lack of respect for families, and lack of meaningful rehabilitative programming.
Parent Leadership Classes & Participatory Action Research
Ubuntu holds regular parent leadership classes that help parents better understand the system, advocate for their child, prioritize their family’s social and economic well-being, and gain job skills to combat persistent unemployment and underemployment.
About Ubuntu Village
MissionUbuntu’s mission is to provide programming that delivers social, economic, and transformational justice to children and communities. We work primarily with youth who are involved in the criminal justice system and their families. Our program involves immediate triaging and connecting to services as well as longer term educational planning, skills development, mentoring, and leadership development. This includes anti-oppression training, know your rights curricula, restorative parenting discussions, participatory action research, and history lessons.
As they move through Ubuntu, families and youth gain job skills, feel more confident in their ability to navigate systems in their lives including the courts, address the harm inflicted by institutionalized violence, support each other, and eventually become leaders in their communities. Ubuntu operates under a harm reduction model in which we acknowledge the reality of participants’ lives and the very serious choices they face. 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.