St. Joseph Parish, Maysville
Providing a Beacon of Hope in the Maysville Community since 1930
Who We Are
Ubuntu (oo-boon- too) Empowerment Circle focus is “that we are only as strong as each other’s weakness.” We want to build on
your weaknesses and reinforce your strengths.
Who We Build
6th to 11th grade youth from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
How Do We Build
Our Circle Guides (mentors) work hands on with their circle (youth group) on building character, identifying purpose and
developing a social conscious. We build based on our 6 character focuses (Trustworthy, Fairness, Caring, Respect, Responsibility,
and Citizenship) while expanding on the youth’s own life experiences. Each meeting one of the character focuses will be defined
and examined through active learning with group discussions. We develop a social conscious by providing a safe atmosphere (circle
of trust) where the youth can share their stories (their truth) without fear, guilt, or shame. Youth are able to share their truths,
pose questions, provide advice, encouragement, or just a listening ear for each other. It is in the sharing of our truth that we find
unity. We identify our youth’s purpose by helping them recognize their strengths, realize their unique qualities and nurture their
dreams by directing their focus.
Why Do We Build
Our youth have to navigate daily challenges and influences such as:
Their morals, ethics, intellectual values and identities are being formed based on these experiences. Because of these influences,
our youth are suffering from depression, anxiety, suicide, substance abuse, sexual risk behaviors and school dropout. Ubuntu Empowerment Circle will give these youths what is needed to gain the strength to succeed and reach their goals.
Our youth will assimilate each of the 6 character focuses into their lives establishing a strong sense of self. They will have a clear focus
of what their purpose in life is and the direction they need to take to achieve that life. Through sharing their stories they will learn
that despite our unique qualities and diverse backgrounds, our stories (our truths) share similarities. Ultimately they will be limitless
in their belief on what they can accomplish and how it can be accomplished.
Helping Youth Build Character, Identify Their Purpose and Develop A Social Conscious To Succeed In Reaching Their Goals
To Establish A Global Atmosphere Where People Are Keenly Aware Of Who They Are And Live Every Second Of Their Life Walking Selflessly In Their Purpose.