The Jegna Program is a 3-month “rite of passage” program for boys/young males. Jegna is an Ethiopian (Amharic) word that means “a very brave person who is a protector of a culture, the rights of his people and their land.” A jegna is more than a “Leader”. He is someone who is not afraid to speak truth to power, is uncompromised, full of integrity and at the very core of his being sees the welfares and protection of their people as paramount. Jegna refers to those who are altruistically committed, out of an unqualified duty to their people and nation, to reach our children the art and science of a politically conscious adulthood. In the African culture, Jegna is a title of distinction. The word Jegna has been translated into English as meaning: hero, warrior, soldier, courage, strength and protection of our culture, land and people, and elder.
Our purpose is to empower inner city teen boys/young males in our community to reach their goals by providing guidance and positive direction in developing independent living skills to help enrich their life experiences. Our program also helps to improve self-esteem, social competence and avoid high-risk behaviors by providing relationship with caring, professional adults who works to help them reach their potential.
The Fatherhood Support Group will provide information in the following areas:
- Fatherhood (what is it like to be a father)
- Relationships with women and children/ Domestic Violence
- Support groups for men
- Man to Man mentoring
- Discovering your purpose and passion
- Financial Empowerment
- Overcoming obstacles
- Participating in a Father/Daughter dance
- Boyhood to Manhood Field Trips
O.G.M is a correlation of woman that are spiritually grounded in God. She understands her role as a woman, mother, daughter, sister, and wife. She understands that her role as O.G.M is not only to her O.G.M sisters, but to her adolescence and young adults sisters as well. She should also try her hardest to build character, integrity, conference, self-esteem, and self~worth. It has been my experience that with a prayer, fasting, and reading of the word of god lifestyle, these qualities will manifest. O.G.M is not afraid, shy,or embarrass to say nice or intimate things or thoughts to her sister, she understands that helping to up lift her is not a job, but an honor.