Umoja changes students’ lives through purposeful relationships.

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We equip students for postsecondary success.

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We help students develop skills & behaviors for academic success.

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We transform student behavior
& school discipline systems.

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Umoja at Phillips High School: A Focus on Freshmen

Many college readiness programs target upperclassmen, but the Umoja Seminar model begins preparing students for postsecondary success from their first day in 9th grade. 

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Training Educators Across Chicago

Over the last two years, the professional development wing of our work has greatly expanded, and our staff has traveled to all corners of Chicago and the suburbs to train and coach educators in the Umoja model and best practices. 

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Program Spotlight: Preparing Chicago Youth to Succeed

Umoja was founded on the principle that all young people, regardless of their circumstances, deserve the opportunity for postsecondary success -- and our Seminar Program provides that opportunity. 


Umoja Works

“Focus on what you have to do; don’t let anyone stand in your way.”

Leoncio, Senior Student at Sullivan High School

“I was 56% sure about going to college, but after the tour I was 100%!”

Latrice, Senior Student at Tilden

"I don’t see how the curriculum would have been successful without Umoja. It’s really allowed me to focus on the social emotional issues the students are lacking..."

Chloe Bentley, Teacher at Al Raby High School