Dates and Locations of UMOJA MN : Our 2019 theme is: “We Tell Our Story”. The individual camps will have the following themes:
June 14-16, 2019 (Fathers Day Weekend): Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska, Minnesota. We will be looking at essayists, journalists, authors, blog writers and publishing companies who help record the written story of our times. Campers will be encouraged to create their own short stories and families will be given tools to access diverse reading materials on an ongoing basis. (Registration IS currently open.)
August 16-18, 2019: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Together we will explore various music genres and the artists that help create and influence the music we listen to today. We will feature local musicians, teachers and music schools. Campers will create and perform musical pieces they learn during the weekend. (Registration IS currently open.)
UMOJA Weekend at a glance
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Registration and check in
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Evening Afrocentric Family Activities
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Breakout sessions for children and parents
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Breakout sessions for children and parents
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Evening Afrocentric Activities
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Closing Celebration
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Brunch
*Registered families will received detailed schedules prior to the event. Times subject to change.
What will we do in the adult breakout sessions?
Through speakers, small and large group discussion, UMOJA MN parents will have opportunity to get to know other parents raising Black children, learn first-hand from adult adoptees and hear from community leaders who will speak to various aspects of the African American experience. A parent who attended previously said, “Loved the speakers and variety of topics. Loved the intimate setting where questions could be asked freely.”
What will our children do during their breakout sessions?
Through movement, art, and hands-on learning, UMOJA MN campers will explore the beauty of Black culture and discover the resilience of African American’s throughout history. Presenters and community leaders of color will widen UMOJA MN campers’ imagination; expanding their vision of who they can become.
We have a Black child, but also have children of other races. Are our other children welcome?
Yes, definitely. You are part of a mixed race family and it is important for all members to embrace Black culture.
Our children are young, is it worthwhile to bring them?
Yes! It’s important for children of all ages to be around children and families that look like them. But the most important aspect for families with very young children is for the parents to get the training we provide. You will gain tools to help your children as they develop their identity and make you aware of issues they will encounter.
How much does it cost to attend?
Pricing will vary based on the number of people in your family and if you decide to stay overnight. The base fee for registration, meals and programming is $100/parent and $50/camper. Most families can expect to pay between $200-400 total for their family (plus lodging). You will be contacted after registration with total registration fee which can be paid via check or credit card.
We have received a generous grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services that enables 50 MN foster and foster care adoptive families to receive full scholarships to cover their UMOJA MN costs (including meals & lodging) per camp. There is a limited number, so sign up soon.
UMOJA MN Policies
Due to limited space, cancellations must be made at least one month before the scheduled camp, via phone or email, to receive a full refund of fees paid. This creates space for others to attend who may be on a waiting list. If we receive your cancellation after the one month grace period, the breakdown of refund is as follows:
• 2-4 weeks prior = fees paid will be transferred to another upcoming camp.
• Under two weeks prior = no refund or transfer is possible and you will lose the payment for the camp.
Family Scholarship Policies
Current non-adoptive, post-adoptive and kinship foster families need to have a transracial child placed in their home at the time of registration (focus of camp is African American children, but will accept any transracial placement at the time of registration), be of African American decent or be open to placement of an Black child in the near future to receive the grant.
Children need to have been placed through the MN foster care system and the family has to be a current resident of Minnesota to receive the scholarship.
Multiple Use Policy
After the first attendance at UMOJA between July 1 – June 30th (our fiscal year), families who wish to access the scholarship for another camp in that same time period will be put on a waiting list. If there are scholarships remaining one month prior to the event, repeating families are eligible to receive scholarships, based on when they submitted their application (with priority placed on post-adoptive foster families).
Conflict of Interest Policy
EVOLVE staff and volunteers whose job duties include working at the event may not access the family scholarships. EVOLVE staff and volunteers whose job duties do not include working at the camp, may submit an application for the scholarship. If they meet the eligibility requirements for the scholarship and if there is funding available they can receive a scholarship. EVOLVE staff receive no preferential application treatment.