The KUFI Club of Chicago’s youth learn collective work & responsibility (Ujima) tasks through community service, civic engagement and socialization skills to help them conform to the norms of groups outside of their families. KUFI youth will participate, plan, set goals, and problem solve issues effecting the community. Youth will research social and political issues, have discussions, plan activities, and implement projects to gain knowledge, skills, values, study and have purpose by identifying their role in community service and civic engagement. 

Youth will advance their critical thinking and decision-making skills to connect with community residents, political, business and faith-based leaders, and other community organizations and institutions, to prepare to become astute leaders of change for the 21st Century. 

KUFI Club of Chicago civic engagement and community service programs provides intensive leadership development training based on the Ngoza Saba Kwanzaa Principles:

  • Umoja/Unity (Organization and Group Dynamics)
  • Kujchagulia/Self Determination (Strength of Mind & Perseverance)
  • Ujima/Collective Work & Responsibility (Planning, Goal Setting, Problem Solving)
  • Ujamaa/Cooperative Economics (Fund-raising, Management and Accountability, Supporting Each other)
  • Kuumba/Creativity (Innovation, Program Development) 
  • Nia/Purpose (Study & Struggle)
  • Imani/Faith (Confidence & Commitment)                                     

Youth will engage in leadership development skills to address, advocate, organize and respond to issues impacting their community. They will plan, set goals, problem solve, and improve their collective work ethics and responsibility. Youth will conduct community presentations and networking to meet with community organization, institutional and political leaders, and residents as a way to change negative stigma about young people as they learn to enhance their relationships and connectivity with community members.

The principle of self-determination (Kujchagulia) will teach youth the importance of civic engagement, community service and volunteerism, for solving community problems. 

Incorporating peace circle concepts with Kwanzaa principles will help youth identify their purpose through study and struggle. This process will help at-risk youth build trust for themselves and peers in effort to discuss important, sensitive and serious issues relate to their feelings, behavior, problem thinking, as well as making a commitment for creating solutions and right thinking. Youth will use social inequalities as a framework to build positive socialization skills for the development of their inner strength, perseverance, and good character.