The Know Now program, is a straight-talk intervention program geared towards high-risk youth. The program addresses critical risk factors such as dropping out of school, gang involvement, drug use, law enforcement interactions, incarceration, crime and violence which are common youth and community problems in cities throughout the country. The program provides participants with tips and techniques to help counter peer pressure by learning refusal skills that help them avoid and get out of dangerous and/or potentially harmful situations. Our goal through the Know Now program is to make sure the youth Know Now, so they won’t have to look back months or years from now and say they wish they knew then what they know now. Instead, they will be empowered with knowledge and skills to avoid negative and harmful situations, thereby increasing their chances of experiencing success and more positive outcomes in many aspects of their lives. This is a customizable program and can be designed to fit the needs of any youth serving entity or organization.
The M.E.N.T.O.R.S. program is one of the signature programs of Ujima Way, Inc. With services and support for returning citizens being a major focal point of many local, state, and federal institutions and agencies, the M.E.N.T.O.R.S. program was developed to provide mentoring, coaching, and support to the high rates of incarcerated citizens who are either currently incarcerated or returning to the community. One of the unique features of the program is that it utilizes reformed, trained, qualified, and credible men and women as mentors, who were once incarcerated themselves. With proper support and guidance from mentors and targeted reentry programs, research shows that returning citizens are more likely to make successful transitions back into the community and less likely to commit new crimes and return to jail or prison.
Our P.E.A.C.H. Program (Progressive Efforts & Approaches to Combat Homelessness) was developed around research, best practices, input from homeless youth, and our vast experience working to meet the needs of Runaway, Unsupervised/Unaccompanied, Street and Homeless (R.U.S.H.) youth within the city. Sadly, Metro Atlanta has an estimated 3,347 homeless youth and slightly over 150 bed spaces in age appropriate homeless youth facilities. The approaches and strategies associated with the P.E.A.C.H. Program are specifically geared towards radically addressing the diverse needs of homeless Metropolitan Atlanta youth and young adults and supporting their paths to independence and self-sufficiency. In addition to the essential services offered to help stabilize homeless youth, the program offers education through job training and job placement opportunities that allow participants to earn money through long term, short term, and seasonal job assignments that can be used to support their needs as they work to rebound from and overcome homelessness. In 2020 Ujima Way launched it Homelessness Outreach Vehicle and Emergency Responder (H.O.V.E.R.) unit, which is a customized vehicle optimized for high-impact and on-site homeless street outreach work.
P.E.A.C.H. Residential is a high-accountability independent living and supportive housing program for young men ages 18 – 24. The program was developed by Ujima Way, Inc. in 2018 as an extension of its Progressive Efforts and Approaches to Combat Homelessness (P.E.A.C.H.) program. P.E.A.C.H. Residential assists young men who are homeless, aging out of foster care, being released from jail or prison or who find themselves in some other crisis and need housing. Young men can remain in the program for up to 18 months and pay nominal program fees for their residency. Our goal is to help them get stabilized and back on their feet and eventually transition into their own home or apartment and be able to sustain a comfortable way of living.