At the heart of Ujamaa Place is the “Ujamaa Man”, whose enrollment into the Theory of Transformation (TOT) programming, results in a transformative empowering experience of teaching young African American men how to navigate inequality, poverty and a criminal justice system built to perpetuate recidivism.

When participants first walk in our doors, they are unemployed, under-educated, under-skilled, and often, unhoused and justice-involved. This population comes to us after the effects of systemic racism have routinely excluded them from economic opportunities, stolen their hope, and they have nowhere else to turn. They are carrying the weight of longstanding trauma and shame, perpetuated by systemic inequality and racism, on their backs. Through mental health services and support provided at no cost, participants begin the healing process.