Kulula, a Swahili word meaning to "excel" or "achieve," is a culturally enriched mentoring program for elementary and middle school students in the Greater Miami-Dade area. Overall, Kulula seeks to increase self-efficacy, leadership skills, and community involvement, improve decision-making, coping, and problem-solving, increase connection to school and academic performance, and increase awareness of and pride in participants' African heritage.
Using an Afrocentric curriculum-based approach (including mentors of African descent) in a group setting, Kulula engages youth in activities and journaling exercises emphasizing relational interaction. The program has four modules that address various themes including: relationships, family history/ancestry, stereotypes, self-esteem, conflict resolution, leadership/role models, career aspirations and planning for the future. Volunteers support academic and social development, as well as encourage positive relationship building and model positive behaviors.