We have a black child, but also have other children. 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. We’ve had several families where the white/Asian/Latino siblings have attended and look forward to the weekend as much as the black child in the family.
At what times during the weekend are our children supervised?
During the Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon activities the children are divided into groups by their age. They participate in age appropriate, culturally relevant activities supervised by qualified, background checked adults. During all meals and large group activities, you are responsible for your children.
Our children are young, under 3, is it worthwhile to bring them?
Most psychologists believe that a child’s identity is formed by age 3, so we encourage parents to bring their children of all ages. It’s important for very young children to socialize with 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.
We are in the process of adopting, but don’t have placement yet. Is it still worth coming?
Yes, for the same reasons above. You will be more prepared to parent your child when he/she arrives.
What time does the weekend start & end?
The weekend will start with registration at on Friday and end with a Soul Food brunch at on Sunday. See basic agenda below (subject to change).
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Registration and check in
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Evening 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 Activities
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Closing Celebration
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Soul Food Brunch
Can we come just for the activities on Saturday?
We encourage families to spend the whole weekend at the event, so children and adults can socialize and get to know each other. Interaction with other families is an important part of the weekend experience. But yes, if you wish to come only on Saturday, or only Friday night and Saturday you can do so, however the cost for the conference is the same.
How much does UMOJA MN Cost to attend?
The total cost for attendance will depend on how many people are attending, their ages and if there is an overnight stay included. The historical range for families has been $150-$600. Please see registration form for a full breakdown on pricing.