Imani Boys to Men and IMANI Paths to Womanhood seek to accomplish the following with youth, children and families:
Promote academic excellence *Build character and develop a moral compass for our youth*Provide opportunities and exposure to entrepreneurial pursuits and technology*To develop socialization skills*Learn various techniques for controlling emotional issues and making right decisions*Learn the value of respect for authority and their peer group
The initiaties of Zuri Umoja who attend Pamoja Elementry School, located in St. Louis City spent their time immersed in the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba. This was evidenced in their ability to recite and apply them to their family and community.
The Rites of Passage Experience encompasses the African Proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child”. These components are strengthened through Elders, Parents, Professionals, Mentors, College Students, and Spiritual & Community Leaders. The Rites of Passage Experience also is based on the Nguzo Saba Value System which includes seven principles of: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith seven spiritual references, and seven Rites. The seven rites are: Emotional & Mental, Historical, Physical, Economic, Spiritual, Social, and Political.
The young girls particpated in experiences such as quilt making, doll making, education, personal development and reciprocity.
The young girls experienced etiquette norms, character development, social skills, arts and crafts, entrepreneurship and jewelry making.
The young men of Imani demonstrated knowledge, skills, and competencies as they participated in: coding, testing, building, programming, software development. The classes were taught by Computer Village, Inc.
Imani Boys to Men-The Imani Boys to Men Manhood sessions immersed the young men in activities and principles such as: Know Yourself, Face Who You Are, Avoid the Death Traps of Life, and Learn the Power of Positive Choices