Project Ujima: Outcomes/Awards
Project Ujima is nationally recognized program that has worked since 1995 to stop the cycle of violence in Milwaukee. Project Ujima's success working with youth victims of violence is most evident in the recidivism rate of less than one percent over the last 8 years. Youth participants that are engaged in Project Ujima services do not return re-injured to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Other successes have included:
- Better medical outcomes after injury.
- Increased confidence and self esteem reported by youth.
- Connection to peers and others that understand the effects violence.
- Improved school, youth, family relationships.
Project Ujima is a founding member of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs. The network was founded in 2009 under the coordination of Youth Alive, a violence program in Oakland, CA:
The Federal Department of Justice has recognized Project Ujima with the Professional Innovation Award in Victim Services: