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PEACE For Our Youth at UPC

PEACE For Our Youth at UPC

When Dr. Karenga created the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, he did so in an effort to celebrate family, community, and culture. It comes as no surprise that these very principles are the guiding force of the work done at Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center (UPC).

As a “youth focused, community based cultural center in the heart of Seattle’s historic Central District”, UPC aims its efforts at one of our most invaluable assets: our youth. With a mission of empowering and inspiring young people through Positive Education, Art, Culture, and Enterprise (PEACE), UPC has been fulfilling that goal for years. Because of UPC, youth have access to activities and programs on topics such as civic learning, digital media production, visual/vocal/performing arts, gardening, and more.

Equally as important as the knowledge and opportunities made available are the relationships formed. UPC embodies the importance of unity (Umoja) andcooperative work & responsibility (Ujimaa) in their partnership with families, providing a wider net of community for our young ones. A shining example of this can be seen in the Game Changers Program that originated at Washington Middle School. Black men from the community saw a need for mentorship for the young Black males in our schooling system and created Game Changers to fill that gap. The 1st Annual Black Graduation was held to this very affect, as a community celebration and rite of passage for our youth who are excelling.

By enacting these principles, UPC has helped expose youth to new opportunities that may have otherwise been outside of their reach.  UPC is not only building their sense of competence, they are also putting them on their path toward their purpose (Nia) in a culturally relevant way.

Stay connected with UPC through their website  or Facebook page.

Setback at Africatown Innovation Center

Setback at Africatown Innovation Center

On March 26, 2016, emails and social media posts began to circulate regarding an attack on Africatown's edifice located along Martin Luther King Way S. and S. Alaska.

Post from Africatown Innovation Center's Facebook page.


The center, which provides programming and support for youth and families of African descent, was the target of burglary and vandalization. Computer chords were cut, anti-Black speech and threats were tagged on the walls and whiteboards, and electronic equipment was stolen.  Due to the damage of essential equipment and security concerns, the center was forced to suspend all after-school and summer programming until the space has been restored and new safety measures are employed.

Over 100 members of the community come together to support reconstructive efforts.

A community meeting was held on the 28th to plan the next steps for rebuilding. Despite this truly saddening setback, the team members at Africatown Innovation Center remain undeterred in their effort to continue working toward the betterment of the community.

If you are interested in contributing your services or donating in-kind or monetary gifts, click the links below.

For more information on Africatown Innovation Center, visit their website or follow their Facebook page.