June 12, 2009 | Clare Lane, Chicago Tribune

Umoja provides a college plan for Manley Career Academy 

Manley Principal Sean Stalling credits the program with turning around some students whose problems are on the verge of overwhelming them. He recalls one female student who fought almost daily with her peers.

“Umoja changed her,” he said. “The program fixes kids.”

At Manley, Umoja has changed the way the school does business. Its esteem-building and goal-oriented principles are incorporated into the curriculum and the basis for separate sessions on leadership and other topics. “The two feed off of each other,” Stalling said. “Umoja provides the soft skills, we provide the academics."

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