UMOJA Network for Men, Incorporated began in the fall of 2004 at the Forsyth Street Campus of Satellite Academy High School in New York City. Erik Nolan, the founder started the group with eleven young men. This initiative was in inspired by former site director, the late Dr. Sarah Blos, who along with her staff recognized the dire need to support the young men in that learning community. Many of the young men, who predominantly Black (African American, Caribbean and African decent) and Latino, had experienced challenges in their academic and home lives.
UMOJA focuses on developing young men holistically. We believe that in order for them to be productive citizens in society, the young men must be academically prepared, socially adept, emotionally strong and spiritually connected. With its fraternal style of brotherhood, these young men live out the motto “I am my brother’s keeper”. When one succeeds, we all succeed and if my brothers in trouble, so am I. Peer support and peer supervision are the crucial components that distinguishes this brotherhood and makes it so impacting in the lives of its participants.
As UMOJA continues to grow, expanding its impact throughout NYC, we are garnering positive outcomes. Through our participation in community service projects, forums, documentaries and performances, UMOJA is producing leaders in society.
Our mission is to “Live with Purpose, Learn with Morals and Lead with Integrity”. Developing strong character in the participants, ultimately having a positive impact in the world.
Headquartered in the Southeast Section of Queens, NY, UMOJA is a not for profit organization that focuses on developing young men holistically. We believe that in order for young men to be productive in society, they must be academically prepared, socially adept, emotionally strong and spiritually connected.
Since the organizations inception, we have emerged into leadership roles. Therefore we execute excellence and not exercise excuses.
With our fraternal style of brotherhood, we live by the motto “We are our brother’s keeper”.