UNITED MOVEMENT TO END CHILD SOLDIERING

aka UMECS   |   Washington, DC   |  www.umecs.org

Mission

We support secondary school and higher education for children and youth affected by conflict and poverty, together with school-based peace education and guidance and counseling programs, and help to build cultures of peace to prevent new wars. We seek solutions to problems that foster self-sufficiency, have systemic implications and are sustainable.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Arthur Serota

Main address

PO Box 66296

Washington, DC 20035 USA

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EIN

51-0414602

NTEE code info

International Peace and Security (Q40)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Northern Uganda Education Program (NUEP)

We transition children of war to community-minded, mature change agents and qualified professionals through long term educational sponsorships in secondary and technical school through higher education graduation, a 9-11-year commitment for each student. We provide the costs of education combined with mentorship, counseling, guidance/life skills and career counseling. Established in 2005, the program links education with community development. UMECS graduates return to their war-affected communities as qualified professionals – educators, healthcare professionals, engineers, business professionals, rural developers and entrepreneurs - to help develop their communities and serve as critical role models. The program has been hugely successful and is a model for replication.

Population(s) Served

This is a secondary-school and community-based program in Northern Uganda designed to build cultures of peace to prevent new wars, build peaceful schools and communities, personally develop youth through life skills and counseling, mediate community conflicts, foster harmonious relationships and reconciliation within and between groups and prepare youth to become lifelong peacebuilding practitioners. Launched in 2010, the program combines peace education, youth-centered peace activities (peace drama, debates, poetry, music, song and dance), counseling and life skills. The program serves thousands of youth and has had groundbreaking results, creating serious minded nonviolent secondary school environments, eradicating bullying, improving academic performance, fostering personal development of students and improving student-teacher and student-peer relationships.

Population(s) Served

The A-Factor Project is part of UMECS Education-for-All strategies, a developing program designed to shift the paradigm from dependence on donors to fund secondary, vocational and technical school to sustainable self-sufficiency through youth-led agricultural entrepreneurship. Youth will be trained in modernized agriculture, environmental conservation and entrepreneurship and thereafter will fund their educations through viable agricultural enterprises they run with a host of multiplier effects that improve food security and nutrition, enhance local economies, conserve the environment and eradicates poverty

Population(s) Served

This planned project is driven by the passion to leverage massive funding to invest in girls’ secondary education as an integral strategy to meet essential public health and education goals. The project is designed to substantially increase the enrollment of girls in secondary school by integrating girl-child education with HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, based on the premise that girls who graduate from secondary school in developing countries including in Uganda are far less likely to become HIV/AIDS positive than girls who do not. The completion of secondary school by girls in developing countries, in other words, is a significant preventer of HIV/AIDS. Multiplier effects include reduced infant mortality and economic and social empowerment of girls

Population(s) Served

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UNITED MOVEMENT TO END CHILD SOLDIERING

Board of directors
as of 01/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Darrell Boyd

Phyllis Brazee

Rachel Van Den Berg

Charles Onencan

Arthur Serota

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No