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Project Ujima grant will help improve outreach

Project Ujima, San Diego Unified's parenting program for African-American families, has received a $1,500 grant from the Neighborhood Unity Foundation and San Diego Neighborhood Funders to establish the parent-to-parent mentoring program.

The program will provide Project Ujima parents and caregivers a stipend as well as funds for materials to recruit parents and caregivers to Project Ujima parent classes for parents with students in Title I schools in the "Diamond District," an area that includes schools in both the Lincoln and Morse high school clusters.

"This grant will help all of us to use the skills, knowledge and confidence they gained through their own participation in Project Ujima parenting classes," said program director Elneda Shannon, "to help other parents in San Diego Unified in general -- and the Diamond District, in particular -- become more engaged in the academic success and social development of their children.”

Project Ujima is a program of the San Diego Unified School District’s Parent Outreach and Engagement Department designed to augment and strengthen existing resources within African American families in Title I schools. Project Ujima provides positive and empowering trainings, resources and networks that support African American families seeking to promote academic achievement within the family and community.

The core program offers classes from October through May at Valencia Park Elementary School on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Classes are also held at various Title 1 schools throughout the district. Although the program’s focus is on African American families, all families are welcome to participate.

For more information, please contact Shannon at (619) 293-4431 or