About us

Learn about how UUNIK Academy makes a difference!

About us

In the African-American community, our male youth are faced with many challenges that they must overcome in order to become productive citizens. UUNIK academy, Inc. is rites of passage program that is dedicated to transforming African-American youth into respectful and respectable African-American adults.

UNIK Academy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the transformation of African-American youth. Since its inception in 2003, UUNIK Academy has worked with over 2,400 youth across Knox County. Our focus is to provide life, cultural, as well as academic skills for each student involved.

UUNIK is an acronym that encompasses 5 of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba): Umoja - Unity, Ujaama - Collective economics, Nia - Purpose, Imani - Faith, and Kujichagulia - Self Determination.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to implement principles that will transform youth into respectful and responsible adults. We will create an environment conducive to developing life skills, a strong sense of leadership and community amongst UUNIK participants.

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Vision Statement

UUNIK Academy will become a full time after school institution dedicated to the holistic development of African-American youth within the state of TN. We also envision an institution that produces future leaders and productive citizens who will make a powerful impact in the world.