Harambee Organization

African-American Youth “Working Together” in the Archdiocese of Baltimore

Harambee (Ha-rum-bay) is Swahili for “to work together.” The Harambee Organization was established in 1984 as a ministry to, for and with African American youth. This ministry recognizes the specific and unique needs of African American youth and centers on three particular aspects of outreach:

  • Spiritual Enrichment
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Leadership Development

The purpose and intent of the Harambee Organization is a sharing of the many resources within the African American Catholic Community. Our outreach to the youth within our parishes, schools and communities is best described in the following ways:

To reinforce the value of our cultural heritage, and to consider ways of developing and integrating our culture within our parish youth group, schools and communities.

To share and experience ways in which spirituality can become more relevant to today’s African American youth whether it be with their parish youth group, school or community.

To integrate the cultural, educational, social and spiritual dimensions of youth ministry into the lives of African American youth either through their parish youth group, school and community.

To design and implement strategies for leadership development and full participation in parish, school and community activities.

Harambee’s goals are consistent with the Pastoral Letter on Evangelization from our Black Shepherds of the United States (What We Have Seen and Heard), to integrate the cultural, educational, social and spiritual dimensions of youth ministry into the lives of African American youth ei