Dates and Locations of UMOJA MN :  Our 2019 theme is: “We Tell Our Story”.  The individual camps will have the following themes:

January 11-13, 2019: Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. We will explore the history of African American poets, spoken word artists and rappers. This camp will feature local artists who will share their story of exploring Black identity. Campers will have an opportunity to create their own story in these art forms, including their adoption and foster care experience. (Registration will close 12/11/2018)

March 1-3, 2019: Breezy Point Resort in Breezy Point, Minnesota (just past Brained). This camp will highlight strong African American voices and speeches. We will look to Black men and women who captured and articulated ideas, that changed the world around them. These ideas have come from comedians, politicians, educators and everyday people. Campers will be challenged to formulate their big idea, find their voice and leave their own imprint on the world. (Registration IS currently open.)

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: Outstate MN Location TBD. 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?
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. You will be contacted after registration for proof of foster or adoptive status and be informed if there is a waiting list for your desired date(s). There is a limited number, so sign up soon.

For other adoptive families from MN and beyond: 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.