Kuumba Lynx is committed to enhancing the lives of youth using urban art and performance to cultivate strong communities built on a foundation of love. Become a part of our village and our family, and with your donations and or volunteering, help us raise our youth to meet their greatest potential.
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who WE are?

KL is an urban arts youth development organization founded in 1996 by three women, Jaquanda Villegas, Leida Garcia-Mukwacha, and Jacinda Bullie....


KL provides performances & productions, community cultural events and praxi sharing, all rooted in an indigenous culture of urban artistry and activism...


How we do it 

KL's Hip Hop Arts Program (HHAP) continuum creates pathways across the city at various locations including park districts, schools and community spaces...


Kuumba Lynx primarily facilitates programming in Uptown, Englewood, Little Village, and Austin, however program participants represent over 27 Chicago communities.  From Auburn Gresham to Humboldt Park, and from South Shore to Rogers Park, KL’s celebrates its participants global experiences and perspectives. KL program participants are 55% African American, 30% Latino, 1% Native, 5% White and 9% other.  Our participants are generally 8 to 18 years old (70%), but we also serve 19 to 25 year olds (30%).


Kuumba Lynx is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, events, programs, and employment.  Kuumba Lynx seeks to hosts space where discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is not tolerated. Discrimination or harassment toward participants, staff, and program facilitators will be addressed on a case by case basis.

Amongst our family of arts facilitators and youth participants, it is our hope to cultivate a sustainable long term culture free of rape culture and abuse, one that embraces peace, love, respect, honor, justice, and healing.  We are committed to hosting a space that seeks forms of accountability, and transformative healing where we can learn together how to best cultivate community. We are committed to establishing and sustaining partnerships and seeking supporting resources that will include both on and off-site trainings for staff and participants in areas of mental health, gender justice, consent, forms of abuse and sexual assault & harassment, intimate partner abuse, and topics to be determined by KL participants and facilitators.

Kuumba Lynx is committed to healing, transformative and restorative justice practices and the necessary redemption work involved when harm has been done within our space. When applicable, KL will offer  healing and or restorative process for both survivor and harm doer, to be determined case by case. Kuumba Lynx does not condone violence nor its many forms, including condoning the involvement of the criminal justice system in community matters. Find our annual report here.


Meet the KL Crew

We are the heartbeats of Kuumba Lynx. Each day is successful because of our close-knit team of influential leaders that are impacting the youth day-by-day.


Jaquanda Saulter-Villegas
Co-Creative Lead


Jacinda Bullie
Co-Creative Lead


Darius Parker 
Director of Operations

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Uplift Community High School

900 W. Wilson Ave. 

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Clarendon Park 

4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 

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Jacinda: 773-550-4229 Jaquanda: 773-550-3849

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