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African American Men Give Back to Local Youth

DECEMBER 16, 2020 — Members of the Ujima Legacy Fund – a giving circle created by and for African American men – announce three new grants ranging from $20,000-$40,000 to The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, ChildSavers, and Girls For A Change. They honored the recipients at a virtual celebration held on December 15.

The grant to The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia (BHMVA) will support the development & implementation of Black history virtual learning opportunities for students with focus on African American youth and students of Richmond Public Schools. It is expected that 5,000-10,000 students will take advantage of the materials when they are initially released.

These virtual learning experiences about Black history will be tailored to elementary, middle, and high school students. While the programming is open and available to all students, African American students are poised to gain the deepest insight about the contributions of their ancestors to the tapestry of American history. Equitable treatment regarding things like education, economic security, health, and safety will be interwoven in the program. A key component for each module will be how the students can connect the historical people, places, and events to their lives today.

The grant to ChildSavers will support the creation of a pilot program offering group therapy for African American adolescent males ages 12-17 to address the mental health crisis.  

This program will take place over a six-month period, facilitated by a member of ChildSavers’ school-based clinical staff. Four groups of 6-10 students will meet once a week for 8-10 weeks. The groups will meet to explore topics around families, bodies, self, ancestors, and the global community. The intent is for the group to become a pipeline, ultimately for the organization’s young professional board as they look to engage more members of the community they serve in all of their volunteer leadership.

The grant to Girls For A Change (GFAC) will support the 4th cohort of GFAC's premier workforce development program, Girl Ambassadors.

Girl Ambassadors is a four-year, workforce development program serving girls of color from 9th through 12th grade from the Greater Richmond area. It provides participants with tech training, certifications, mentors, and other experiences that support their mastery of 21st century skills. This exposure prepares participants to eliminate the “cement ceiling” that is in place to limit their access to leadership, innovation, and the financial rewards of gainful employment. The girls earn the opportunity to exhibit their newly acquired skills in local startups, nonprofits, and corporate settings.

“These three organizations epitomize the types of programs Ujima Legacy Fund was created to assist. They are educating and supporting our young people so they can realize their full potential. The men of Ujima are proud to support this work,” said Derrick Johnson, President of Ujima Legacy Fund.



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