The YPN Building Jamii program was designed to allow YPN to serve a growing population of resettled African refugees living in our community, including parenting support, formal and informal employment support, housing, and education needs. The YPN Building Jamii program (which means “community” in Swahili), utilizes a curriculum called a Parent Cafe, allowing families to connect with community resources through discussion and mentorship opportunities.

The Building Jamii program offers families:

  • Multi-lingual facilitators
  • Meal at each group meeting

  • On-site childcare
  • Programming for school-aged youth

  • Access to the We Care Shop – YPN’s incentive-based program that rewards families with points for healthy behaviors that can be exchanged for diapers, wipes, clothing, books, or baby products

Focused Programming

Parent Café

Formal and informal supports for families directly impact the success and future of that family. The YPN Parent Café series engages parents in meaningful conversations about what matters most – their family and how to strengthen that family by building protective factors, and promotes deep individual self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning. Parent Cafés are based on the principles of adult learning and family support and are a gateway to providing parent leadership opportunities.

  • Meal at each group meeting

  • On-site childcare
  • Access to the We Care Shop.

Ready to join us?

Connect with YPN Today

For more information about the YPN Building Jamii program please contact Minouche Bandubuila.
Email Minouche or call 319.364.8909


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