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ERIC Number: EJ912054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
Umoja Joe
Leff, Lila
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v7 n2 p66-69 Fall 2010
It was spring of 2004 when Joe Cytrynbaum interviewed to become the Program Director at Umoja Student Development Corporation in Chicago. Umoja is a weird hybrid of a youth development/educational reform organization. The organization operates from the premise that all sustainable change (for individuals and systems) has to happen in the context of meaningful relationships; that purposeful relationships are the first step in making anything better--even the hard core, long-term impacts of poverty. Its operational formula is part art and part science. It involves moving into the most under-resourced and under-performing high schools in Chicago and walking beside students in their journey. In this article, the author offers a remarkable glimpse of Joe at work at Umoja, the Chicago youth advocacy organization Joe joined immediately after his graduation from Penn's doctoral program in education, culture, and society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois