Join Us For A Voyage To Kenya Jan. 2024 & Other Ways You Can Help Now!
Connection Ubuntu believes that the world is a global community where all members have the right and freedom to be active and valuable participants when given the technological tools and knowledge needed for successful global community engagement and local community self-sufficiency.
"Ubuntu: I am what I am because of who we all are.”
Join Us For a Voyage To Kenya In January 2024!
We still have 2 seats left for this trip and we'd love for you to join us! More than just viewing the African Wildlife, this is your opportunity to meet the people of Kenya and learn about the culture and country. In our travels we'll visit some of our computer labs in Kenya and also have a "first time ever meet and greet" with out lab partners for a celebration of Connection Ubuntu's work in Africa! The best Kenyan guide Obiadiah Muraya will lead us all during our travels, along with providing magical and amazing safaris at one or two of the Kenyan game parks. We are still in the planning stages for the upcoming trip, but please email us at [email protected] with any questions! To read our full newsletter please visit our website.
Bench Mark Program was founded in 2014 to transform the way we serve our community’s most vulnerable, yet promising population: underserved youth. At that time, many young adults simply were not responding to traditional therapy, prevention programs, or even probation. To maximize their potential, we knew we needed to earn their trust through a common bond. Enter weightlifting. We started offering free personal training services to youth identified as “at-risk” by local high schools and community organizations. It wasn’t long before we learned that the gym was more than a place for physical exercise. It was a safe, positive space to teach hard work, goal setting, and grit. And because we established a strong foundation through weightlifting first, our students responded positively to our mentorship. Word spread quickly, and the Bench Mark Program family grew. From 4 to 30 to 150. The gym became their home away from home, a place where they found consistent, enduring support from mentors who treated them like adults. As the numbers of students grew, so too did our breadth of services. And student leadership development--a path for students to eventually become mentors themselves--became the overarching goal. Fast forward all these years, and while the gym, the team, and the scope of impact have all expanded, the core of the organization remains the same: build our underserved youth into community leaders.