Imagine an urban inner-city campus where youth ranging in ages from twelve to twenty-five become the moral equivalent to antibodies. Imagine youths who are trained as Peace Ambassadors to help end violence in their communities while realizing their own potential within an environment that is culturally rich and educationally relevant. Imagine these youths having this experience on a campus that is a replica of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the ancient African city of Djennè. Imagine a place where students may also learn Aquaponics, Aviation, Web 3 Technologies, and Coding. Securing the future of the community requires an educated, motivated, and non-violent workforce.
24 Jun 2022 Closing Exercise for 1st Cohort of Umoja Youth Peace Corps at University of Pennsylvania's Rotunda
To do so the work must begin with our youth while providing opportunities for community participation. As we a continue to find ways to "broker peace," we invest in the future. The House of Umoja is committed to making the Fattah Peace Academy a reality within the next two years -- 2023 through 2025. This project that seeks to fully develop the 1400 block of Frazier Street. The House of Umoja currently owns 18 properties on the block, with facades stylized to represent the ancient city of Djennè. To service and empower students and the community, we envision a completely redeveloped campus that encompasses classrooms, meeting spaces, guest housing, green house, aquaponics center, and the Umoja Tech Makerspace with small-run manufacturing. The campus will offer rooftop farming, a green house, a pond, and farming lots. As a result, the health of the community will be positively impacted due to an increase in the availability of fresh vegetables. A critical component in the academy’s educational and entrepreneurial efforts is the aquaponics program which will simultaneously provide training and an ongoing stream of income.
Antonio Colon & Jamal Bell in Umoja Peace Garden (2014) Umoja Youth Peace Corps members work in one of Umoja's garden
This FATTAH PEACE ACADEMY is an integrated development effort will provide young people with cultural enrichment and educational services engulfed in life, innovation, and communication skills to prepare them as peace influencers and future leaders. Importantly, the academy will provide students with the skills to create businesses and build on Umoja’s service strengths. The components of our service strengths include agriculture, positive behavior development, and STEM programming. Students will learn to code so that they may develop apps and other technological programs for use in today’s and tomorrow’s metaverse and blockchain driven world.
Money orders along with cashier, certified, and commercial checks must be made payable to House of Umoja and mailed attention to: FATTAH PEACE ACADEMY to House of Umoja, 5625 Master Street (David Fattah Way), Philadelphia, PA 19131. Please, note Fattah Peace Academy in the check's memo area.
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