UPM is a member of a statewide network led by the Alliance for Boys & Men of Color that is dedicated to improving education, safety, and health outcomes for boys and men of color in California.
For the past four years, UPM staff members have held leadership roles both at the Sons & Brothers Summer Leadership Camp and the Sisters & Brothers at the Capitol policy advocacy days.
Sons & Brothers Camp brings together close to 100 teenage boys and 50 adult allies from 14 cities across California for a weeklong summer camp experience at Sierra Nevada Journeys in Portola, CA.
Youth go through a series of workshops that support their personal growth, leadership, and social, emotional, and physical health and well-being. UPM staff members served on the planning committee, facilitated social justice workshops, and mentored youth in small groups.
Additionally, this coming May, UPM will be hosting a three-day healing and social justice leadership retreat for high opportunity/system involved transitioning-aged young men of color from various organizations in our network through out the State.
The bonds and learning developed at these camps and retreats prepare youth to take action at the state capitol and to become advocates for social justice.