Who We Are
The Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center is a youth focused, community based cultural center in the heart of Seattle’s historic Central District. The mission of the center is to inspire and empower youth through Positive Education, Art, Culture & Enterprise (P.E.A.C.E.).
The center includes audio recording and video production studios, computer lab, library/reading room and organic P.E.A.C.E. Garden. The center provides out of school enrichment activities in the areas of music, digital media production, leadership development and social entrepreneurship for youth and young adults who live in and come to the Central District. UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center is fiscally sponsored by Seattle Neighborhood Group.
UPC provides a variety of community building programs and activities including programs at the center and at satellite sites as well as a series of events.
To inspire and empower youth through Positive Education, Art, Culture & Enterprise (P.E.A.C.E.).
We envision a world where every child and adult is:
- aided in developing a positive self identity and sense of purpose
- connected to a positive cultural legacy and values
- encouraged, affirmed and nurtured
- propelled to realize their creative and economic potential as a positive productive member of their family, community, nation and world.
- We are guided by the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (Unity), Kugichagalia (Self Determination), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Ujimaa (Cooperative Work & Responsibility), Ujaama (Cooperative Economics) and Imani (Faith).
- We value the power of learning.
- We value the capabilities of youth and the accomplishments/achievements of our elders and ancestors.
- We value entrepreneurial spirit and action.
- We value stewardship of our natural and urban environment.
- We value having a safe and positive gathering place for all who want to participate.
- We value our relationships with community supporters and businesses.