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.
Inspiring The Next Generation Of
African American Leaders
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.
Tennessee’s Premier Enrichment Programs For African American Youth
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! He is surrounded by little boys and men that he can identify with and in such a positive environment. My husband and I, along with his big sister are amazed at what he has learned in such a short period of time and how he is even educating the family on black history facts taught at the academy, as well as so much more. The program also has a strong focus on academics. My husband and I were amazed to hear our son recite the UUNIK Academy pledge. This pledge is such a positive message that we can provide encouragement to our son in any situation for the remainder of his life! Reggie has created something special with UUNIK Academy that the world should know about!!!! I honestly pray our son continues to have an excitement about participating in the program while thriving for years to come. According to our 6-year-old son,
“STEAMI Summer is the best camp ever...it’s a brotherhood!”