What we do
We divide our work into eight areas of focus.
Lawmakers, judges, and politicians serve the community. We must demand that they do their jobs.
All youth–regardless of their crime–deserve to be in a safe, comfortable, and rehabilitative facility.
The way in which a young person handles conflict can have grave and life changing consequences.
Economic sustainability is key for the success and well-being of our families & communities.
Families are key to the success of both our children and our communities.
We believe that everyone needs and deserves individualized support and guidance.
The youth in our community need our guidance to be successful. It is our responsibility to mentor and raise up our children and youth.
Transformative justice acknowledges the lack of justice in our current system of policing and incarceration.
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.
Through this program, families & youth held down by society and the courts will transform into the leaders of their communities. In their work assisting others with similar experiences, they will be empowered to take charge of their own lives and fight to make their dreams, and their hopes for themselves and their communities, a reality.
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.
Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 7pm-10pm Location: Ashe Cultural Center 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113 Save the date for Ubuntu Village’s upcoming fundraiser party and SHOW YOUR LOVE campaign launch! Performers will include The Stooges Brass Band, Mia Borders, and Shark Shark… DJing by the incredible DJ Dreamer. Dinner and drinks[…]
Saturday, June 3, 2017 11:00am – 3:00pm Crescent City Boxing Gym 3101 Erato Street, New Orleans, LA
Ubuntu Village participated in a press conference about the 4/22 rally for youth jobs instead of youth incarceration! Check it out below.
Come out tonight to this event at the Ogden about the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States! Join us at Ogden After Hours to mark the opening of the traveling education exhibition, States of Incarceration. Enjoy music by Tuba Skinny, a cash bar, and food by Saigon Slims. Thursday, April 6[…]
Ubuntu Staff alone with Sgt. Stephanie Minto-Gibson honoring National Crime Victims’ Right Week STRENGTH RESILIENCE JUSTICE
Ubuntu staff and board met last night to plan our mentoring programming with at-risk youth. We can’t wait to start next month!
Ubuntu Village is very excited to be collaborating with the People’s Assembly in an upcoming rally for jobs for youth! NO to the $40 million surveillance plan YES to jobs for young people! NO to Mass Incarceration YES to Youth Job Opportunities Rally Saturday, April 22 at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT. Location New[…]