DetermiNation Black Men’s Group, is a brotherhood circle focused on cultural healing and social justice for young Black men aged 15-26 who are formerly-incarcerated/systems impacted. 

DetermiNation’s mission is to support Black men through cultural healing centered practices that foster leadership development, social justice education, and building community. These learnings create space for Black men to step into their power to transform their communities. 

Members of DetermiNation also participate in UPM’s Social Justice Committee (SJC) which helps shape the overall vision for our youth membership programs and creates organizing campaigns locally to end mass incarceration and increase opportunities for young men of color in California. 

In the past the group has produced impact media and messaging campaigns focused on the health and achievement of young men of color as part of the California Endowment’s Sons and Brothers Campaign, The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and other local and statewide campaigns including a DetermiNation poster series that was turned into bus transit billboards throughout the City of Oakland. 

DetermiNation Black Men’s Group (DMG) offers leadership development opportunities, healing and wellness support, and stipends for participation. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 5pm-8-pm, with lead UPM staff member, Dieudonne Brou along with Adimu Madyun and Chiedu Ufoegbune.