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Local African American Men Support Youth

January 6, 2022 — Members of the Ujima Legacy Fund – a giving circle created by and for African American men – announce three new grants of $20,000 each to Assisting Families of Inmates, Broken Men Foundation and Virginia Community Voice 


The grant to Assisting Families of Inmates will provide opportunities for regular, meaningful visitation, referrals to community resources, and other services that help families cope with incarceration and prepare for release and reunification through the MAC Boys Retreat program.


MAC Boys Retreat is an evidence-based, trauma-informed project designed to help participants cope with the incarceration of a parent or caregiver. Utilizing positive role modeling through mentorship, peer-based support, evidence-based therapies, group work, and recreational activities, the MAC Boys Retreat aims to increase resiliency, coping skills and emotional regulation; ultimately helping to mitigate the deleterious effects of trauma.

Support going to the Broken Men Foundation will be used to initiate a new program called Coach Them Up and Over. This program builds on the organization’s existing by adding a new element that will have a more intensive mentoring relationship for at-risk boys.

Broken Men Foundation is deeply rooted in academic achievement, the establishment of social skills, self-esteem and responsibility, citizenship, and community involvement. The goal is to make young men accountable for their actions, thus enabling them to become productive members of the community.

Ujima also supported Virginia Community Voice through this grant cycle. The award will help create educational programs so young people are empowered to reach their fullest potential, by putting youth at the center of designing those programs.

With this funding, Virginia Community Voice will engage 16 to 21 year-olds in a listening and design process, culminating in the launch of a bilingual South Richmond Young Leaders Fellowship. The fellowship will develop the technical research, community organizing and civic advocacy skills of young people who are Richmond's next generation of leaders.

“Ujima Legacy Fund is excited to support the work of these three organizations who are making a difference in our community and supporting young people to realize their full-potential ,” shared Derrick Johnson, Leadership Chair of Ujima. “We couldn’t be more proud.” The giving circle honored the recipients at a virtual celebration on December 16th.

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