The mission of the Sankofa Institute for Youth Development is to provide the young people of Union City, N.J. with tools to make change and become productive citizens in their local and global communities. Sankofa is dedicated to motivating and supporting youth in becoming globally conscious, socially aware, confidant, and highly dedicated young adults who strive to make the world a better place. Our focuses are college preparation, global awareness/social justice, self empowerment, and community service.
Our Values are social justice, tolerance, and higher education. With respect to difference of opinions, there is a common recognition that all people should be respected and treated in a humane way. We seek to enforce this value and work hard to make the world a more just place to live in. Diversity is celebrated and all people are accepted regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, political views, and
socio-economic class. Differences are embraced and used as tools of learning. Support and motivation to achieve a college education and success are stressed. Staff provides any possible assistance and encourages youth to accomplish their goals.