Student Programs/Community Partnership Programs

Student Programs

  • African American Male Empowerment Group

    • Serves middle school, African-American male students.
    • Focuses on positive self-esteem, cultural experiences, African-American history, skill building, higher education, career readiness, and goal setting.
    • Invites guest speakers from the African-American community.

    Young Ladies of Purpose

    • Serves middle school, African-American, female students.
    • Focuses on positive self-esteem, cultural experiences, African-American history, skill building, higher education, career readiness, and goal setting.
    • Invites African-American female professionals to present their stories of how they found success.

    What's in your Backpack?

    • Serves middle school, Latino & Hispanic students
    • Focuses on positive self-esteem, cultural experiences, skill building, higher education, career readiness, and goal setting.
    • Meets approximately once a month.

    Explore:  Ujima & Leadership Academy

    • Provides an additional literacy and learning opportunities for students in a culturally relevant setting by grade level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
    • Connects students to additional opportunities during the school year.

Community Partnership Programs

  • Youth Empowerment Summit (YES)

    • One day conference for African-American high school students.
    • Focuses on social responsibility, community engagement, college access and identity development.
    • Planned by the NAACP Springfield Chapter, Missouri State University, and Springfield Public Schools 

    Step 2 Empowerment Conference

    • Presents a one day conference to Hispanic and Latino high school students to help meet their life goals.
    • Focuses on social responsibility, community engagement, college access and identity development.

    African American Read-In

    • Celebrates African-American authors.
    • Presents music, dance, dramatic readings and original works for all ages.
    • Announces winners of the African American Read-In Poetry Writer's Workshop.

    Ujima Literacy Nights

    • Engages family in a community-led literacy program geared toward pre-K to grade four.
    • Meets the second Wednesday night of the month at Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center, 918 E. Calhoun St.
    • More information on the Ujima Language & Literacy Facebook page.

    Black History Summer Academy

    • Weeklong program focused on history, culture, and advocacy for students of all ages from preschool to adult.
    • Hosted at Deliverance Temple, 2101 W. Chestnut Expressway.