Services Provided by The Ujima Group, Inc.

The Ujima Group, Inc. provides the following services:

  • Event Planning Services and Consultation
  • Character and Leadership Training - Rites of Passage Program
  • Athletic and Academic Enrichment
  •  How to Start Your Own Non-Profit Business
  • Training and Development Consultation

 

Topics of Cultural Diversity & Awareness

Public Speaking

The purpose of Educating for Cultural Awareness is to enhance the cultural awareness and responsiveness of students, teachers, and employers, local or internationally educated professionals. This program provides the audience with developmental resources specific to the topic of cultural awareness and competence for all professionals.

  • Rationale
  • Key Concepts
  • Learning Strategies
  • Development Resources

The man behind The Ujima Group, Inc.

As a team leader, life coach, and educational speaker his experience is supported by the lives he has touched. Lester Thomas, MBA, M.Ed., Ed.S is a noted scholar, lecturer, author, and President of the Ujima Group, Inc. a not for profit 501 organization. He has established a highly respected reputation for his research in character development, leadership, community development, project management and curriculum development.

His scholarship in this area has led to numerous honors including Living the Legacy Award, for dedication and commitment to the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Outstanding Service Award, Kittrell Job Corps Center, NC 2014, Wake County Public Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Open Space, Certificate of Appreciation 2012, Employee of the Month, Kittrell Job Corps Center, NC 2010 and 2011, Safety Award, Career Technical Training, Kittrell Job Corps Center, NC 2010, Student of the Quarter, Strayer University, Raleigh Campus, NC 2008, Wake County Board of Commissioners, Volunteer of the Year Award 2004, Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, Multi-Cultural Arts Volunteer of the Year 2003, Raleigh Television Network, Independent Community Producer, Volunteer Award 2002.

He has served on a numerous civic and community boards, receiving several awards, commendations, and recognitions, i.e., the Cary Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Heat for Home Committee and as a Mentor for Community and School of Wake County and served on The Governor’s Crime Commission Task Force for the Prevention of School Violence. Mr. Thomas has graduate from the Institute for Political Leadership at UNC-Wilmington and was Former Chair of the Criminal Justice Taskforce. He was formerly appointment to the Morrisville Planning and Zoning Board. The Ujima mission is to heighten the awareness of issues related to cultural diversity, risk prevention, and the role of communities, businesses, civic organizations, local government, and concerned citizens in enriching the quality of life for the people.

Mr. Thomas has received the Neil Blair Award, for commitment, and outstanding Service to Interact 2012. The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Personal Responsibility Summit, Raleigh, NC 2002, Cary Police Department, Cary Citizen’s Police Academy 2002, Morrisville Police Department Citizen Police Academy, Morrisville, NC 2001, Information Service Advisory Board, Cary NC 2001. Mr. Thomas,  is a graduate Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York, 1978 B.A Concentration Liberal Studies, Strayer University, Cary, North Carolina, 2006, MBA Concentration in Management, M.Ed., Concentration in Technology Strayer University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2008 and Ed.S., Concentration in Adult Education Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, 12/ 2014.

He is uniquely qualified to motivate and educate groups in the areas of cultural awareness, ethical behavior, education, and project development. His dynamic personality and speaking ability gives way to a truly dedicated and highly-trained professional who would like to consider an opportunity to instill strong skills in teamwork, relationship management, and mentoring to your group of individuals. He is focused on assisting others and increasing their capabilities and maximizing their potential through individualized developmental support, cultural aptitude, and progressive training initiatives.

His background allows him a unique perspective and firsthand knowledge of best practices in cultural education, as well as in analysis and research methodologies that track performance, ethics and facilitate overall productivity and organizational development.

His commitment to excellence would provide you with a versatile and uniquely qualified candidate to facilitate a group program or event.

Educational Opportunities

Our professional education and personal development program is an important part of our speaking engagement.

Today's College bound youth face problem scenarios that many of us could not imagine. The issues of violence, gangs, drugs, and failing schools are not confined to one city, or community. You find these problems in urban and rural, rich and poor communities. The answers are not to be found in any one strategy; individuals, families, schools and communities must develop a plan of action to save our children.

An educator and advocate, Lester Thomas, MBA, M.Ed., Ed.S., offers a vision that with hard work, dedication, and a prioritizing of our resources, we can create a safe, caring and stimulating environment for all children.

We focus on:

  • Business Skills
  • Creative Learning
  • Diversity
  • General Education
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Risk Management and Compliance
  • Sustainability
  • Technology and Social Media
  • Trends and Research 

Our education sessions are presented in the following styles:

  • Seminars - Speaker led educational session with audiences in theatre style setting. Sessions lasting for 30 or 45 minutes take place on the Inspiration Hub (audience up to 60 people) located on the show floor.
  • Campfires – small intimate sessions for up to 20 people. Sessions are interactive and discussion focused. Sessions last 30 minutes and take place on the Inspiration Hub located on the show floor.
  • Hot Topic Tables – Let’s Talk - Small facilitated group discussions on a carefully selected ‘hot’ topic to encourage peer to peer learning. The 45 minute session is led by a moderator who will split the group into smaller groups to aid maximum interaction and discussion within the group.
  • Research Pod - Insightful new industry research is presented at the Research Pod and followed by discussions with industry leaders. These are small, selected groups with no more than 20 participants per session.

 

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded."

- Maya Angelou

 

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The Community Responsibility Program

One of the fundamental objectives of The Ujima Group, Inc is to promote the positive development of young people. This is achieved through the Community Responsibility Program that is designed to facilitate:

•   Risk-prevention programs (Rites of Passage Program)
•   Cultural awareness activities and events (Kwanzaa)
•   Opportunities to develop community pride (Black History Month Celebration)
•   Cultural diversity (Workshops and Facilitation)
•   Mentoring (Athletic Enrichment)
•   Educational Workshops (Edufest Celebration)
•   Educating the Public (Friends of The Ujima Group, Inc. Jazz Reception)
•   Volunteerism

Through its work, The Ujima Group, Inc creates a synergy that fosters the collaboration, cooperation and commitment of businesses, governmental agencies and educational institutions to provide our communities with opportunities and events that are informative and culturally relevant to families and youth.

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