Camp Umoja

Camp Umoja’s scholars actively engage in a curriculum that empowers them to positively change their lives, families, and community. Through classroom instruction, activities, and field trips, scholars grow in their social consciousness regarding marginalized groups in our society. Whether that marginalization is based on race, ethnicity, disability, gender, or other factors, scholars have opportunities to explore ways that they can be part of the continuing quest for positive change. The curriculum also emphasizes leadership, character development and the cultivation of a growth mindset to overcome embedded obstacles.

The curriculum develops reading, writing and mathematical skills to further core educational development and actively address “summer slide” preparing our scholars for the next grade level.

Goals:  Scholars completing the curriculum will leave feeling empowered to make a difference in their lives moving forward while simultaneously increasing core educational development in reading, writing and mathematics.

The Camp Umoja Core Principles are listed below, each week aligning with one principle.   There are guiding questions listed beneath each principle for scholars to explore.

Week 1: Unity: To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, neighborhood, community, and nation.

What community challenges am I passionate about?

What would I like to do for others in my family, my neighborhood, my community, or my world?

Week 2: Self-Determination: To express ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

What is something in my life that I am willing to make a commitment to?

Who in my life can I include to help further my commitment and how?

How does a quality education improve my life, my family, my neighborhood, my community, and/or my world?

Week 3: Communal Work and Responsibility: To build and maintain our community together, make our neighborhoods challenges our challenges and ultimately solve them together.

How does my identity shape my experience?

How is my life perspective different than others?

Week 4: Entrepreneurial Economics: To build and maintain our communities schools, places of worship and businesses to mutually benefit from them together.  

What is the entrepreneurial spirit and how can that apply to me?   

 How do I, or can I start, to support my neighborhood and my family?

Week 5: Purpose: To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to achieve opportunity for all.     

What does it mean to and how can I live a life of purpose and meaning?

What strategies can I use to make a change, starting in my home, neighborhood and my community?

How have people done so in the past?

Week 6: Creativity: To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to make our community more beautiful and beneficial for all.            

What is my mission for community involvement?

What will I do to help change my world?

Where can I begin to help make this change now?

Final Project: Scholars will create a final project aligning with current community challenges they are passionate about. This piece will be presented on the final day where families and community supporters are invited to attend.   It can be presented in a variety of ways to include but not limited to spoken word, theatre, poetry, art, music and/or dance.

YEAR ROUND SUPPORT Scholars who successfully complete Cam Umoja will be enrolled in the Scholar Mentoring Program.  All families and youth in this program receive regular relentless follow up and one-on one support to our scholars from adolescence through post-secondary education. Scholars are also offered enrollment in all school year Unity in Motion and partnership programming as well.