To further our mission of “Rebuilding our community one block at a time” we must involve, train and invest in the youth of our surrounding communities. UJAMAA supports countless foundations, charities and educational initiatives with volunteer efforts, resources and monetary donations. A snapshot of this involvement is listed below.
Southside Neighborhood Gospel Festival
- Ujamaa Construction continues to support the communities it works in through its recent participation in the Southside Neighborhood Gospel Festival. This annual event was held on July 19 at Ogden Park in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and featured a variety of local gospel music performing acts, business exhibitors, and a Kid’s Zone area with games and activities.
Simeon Career Academy
- Recently, Ujamaa Construction partnered with Simeon Career Academy’s high school construction class and hosted two groups of students for a walk through and onsite tour of the Motel Sleepers Incorporated (MSI) construction project being built by Ujamaa at 8538 S. Holland Rd. in Chicago’s West Chatham neighborhood.During the walk through, the students were able gain a first-hand perspective on the daily activities of a construction site and also learn about how they could explore career opportunities in the field.
Genesis Housing Development Corporation
- UJAMAA is proud to coordinate the youth-build program with Genesis Housing Development Corporation (GHDC),an organization that works with inner city youths and introduces them to the construction environment. Teens work alongside UJAMAA construction crews to renovate residences for the Home Repairs for Accessible and Independent Living (HRAIL) program. Jimmy Akintonde, CEO of UJAMAA, also sits on the Board of Directors for GHDC.
Chicago Public Schools
- UJAMAA continues to offer support to IIT and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) pre-transportation and engineering programs. These one-day outings provide high school students hands-on project engineering and project management experience at the corporate office and on various UJAMAA jobsites. IIT and CPS launched this program in 2006 and UJAMAA has been a host company since its inception.
- As a company-wide initiative, UJAMAA and our employees support ACE Tech, a vocational school founded in 2004 to introduce minority and low-income youth to architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) careers.
Builders Association of Greater Chicago
- Jimmy currently serves as the Treasurer for the Builders Association of Greater Chicago’s newest educational programming, the Builders Education & Training Foundation (BETF). The BETF implements programs, services and partnering support for emerging contractors.