The Ujaama Project plows forward with ELI, Youth Venture and Duke ChangeWorks funding
The ELI Program extends its congratulations and support to Fall 2009 Team, The Ujaama Project. Over the course of the spring semester, team leaders Nic Meliones, Alyssa Pollizzi, Maddie Burke and Chesleigh Carr have received local and national support to launch their social enterprise. In addition to receiving follow-on funding from the ELI Program, Ujaama’s leaders were the winners of the Duke ChangeWorks competition, and have received support from Ashoka’s Youth Venture Program. This summer, they are piloting their program and finalizing the development of their leadership curriculum for their teenage after school program in Durham.
About The Ujaama Project
The Ujamaa Project is an after school program for the teens of Northeast Central Durham. In partnership with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, the Durham Parks and Recreation Teen Center at the Holton Center, and the District 1 Police Force, the program provides a set of transformative learning experiences with a focus on leadership and community development. “Ujamaa” is a Swahili concept from Arusha, Durham’s sister city in Tanzania, meaning that individuals are strengthened through their community, which acts as an extended family. The Ujaama Project strives to empower Durham’s teens and be a part of their extended family.