The Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center is a youth focused, community based cultural center founded in the heart of Seattle’s historic Central District. Our mission is to inspire and empower youth through Positive Education, Art, Culture & Enterprise (P.E.A.C.E.). The center provides culturally relevant out of school enrichment activities in the areas of technology, music, digital media production, leadership development and social entrepreneurship for youth and young adults.
Through partnerships to implement innovative program models in arts, technology and entrepreneurship, UPC provides positive, experiential learning opportunities. Youth participating in our programs gain skills and confidence as young artists, entrepreneurs and citizens. We change lives through education, entertainment, cultural awareness, health and wellness, economic development and civic engagement.
UPC events offer a unique mix of education, entertainment, cultural awareness and civic engagement from potluck dinners to rally’s to candidate forums. Key annual events have included Seattle MLK County PEACE Week, Seattle Hip-Hop Leadership Conference, Community forums, Voter Education Forums and the annual Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival & Parade.
The P.E.A.C.E. Center quickly became a meeting point for young people and others inspired by the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Cynthia McKinney. Through its various events, activities and programs, the UPC has mobilized, inspired and activated many in our community.