Dedicated to the transformation of African American Youth


UUNIK Academy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the transformation of African American youth.​

In the community, our youth are faced with many challenges that they must overcome in order to become productive, successful, and happy citizens.

Since its inception in 2003, UUNIK Academy has worked with over 4,000 youth across Knox County.


Our mission is to implement principles that will transform youth into respectful and responsible adults. We will create an environment conducive to developing life skills, a strong sense of leadership and community amongst UUNIK participants.

  • 2021 ACT UP! Prep Sessions
    Tue, Aug 03
    Pre-recorded classes (Location TBD)
    Aug 03, 7:00 AM – Dec 31, 12:00 PM
    Pre-recorded classes (Location TBD)
    Online pre-recorded ACT Prep sessions for students, grades 7th thru 11th.
  • STEAMI Learning Institute - Fall
    Mon, Aug 23
    Location is TBD
    Aug 23, 2021, 8:00 AM EDT – Jun 04, 2022, 3:00 PM EDT
    Location is TBD
    Registration opens - May 2021
  • Community Appreciation Reception
    Sat, Dec 18
    Location is TBD
    Dec 18, 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
  • STEAMI Summer Institute
    Mon, Jun 07
    Freedom Fellowship Christian Church
    Jun 07, 3:00 PM – Jul 23, 11:00 AM
    Freedom Fellowship Christian Church
  • STEAMI Learning Institute
    Mon, Mar 22
    Location is TBD
    Mar 22, 6:00 PM EDT – May 28, 5:00 PM EDT
    Location is TBD
  • 2021 Code4Me Youth Class
    Mon, Feb 08
    Feb 08, 5:00 PM EST – Mar 31, 6:00 PM EDT
    Code4Me is a basic coding class for youth, ages 9 to 15.
Transformation Begins With Education And Results In A Strong Sense Of Community

In Tennessee, it is a very sad fact that 80% of African American children between grades 3rd - 8th are not proficient in reading and math. Moreover, there is a definite link between illiteracy and incarceration; 70% of those incarcerated are in fact illiterate.

That’s why at UUNIK, we begin with a strong foundation in education, preparing our young people to succeed from their current grade, all the way to college. We do this while instilling in them traditional Kwanzaa principles to help build tomorrow’s black leaders and make an investment in the future of our community.

Through our STEAM education, ACT prep courses, cultural and philosophical teaching, we have been able to produce the most consistently high-performance numbers on ACT tests and academic growth for African American prep courses in our area.

We even help students and their parents learn about scholarships for black students in an empowering way. Our goal is to make college a possibility for every young person who comes into contact with us.



Nikki Kitchen, Parent

2020 STEAMI Summer Institute

This is truly a unique program that Knoxville has been blessed with. Our son had such a great first week! Every day he came home sharing what was learned at the academy with so much enthusiasm!



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