Umoyo is based on a strategy that addresses young women's practical needs and assists them in coping with their difficult social and economic circumstances. They learn skills for income generation, literacy, and math, HIV/AIDS awareness and psychological needs such self-confidence, self-reliance and ethical training.
As a residential program, the young women are actively involved in learning by doing. All of the youth are engaged in the day-to-day operations of Umoyo and are expected to learn skills to ensure that the center runs smoothly. The girls remain in regular contact with their guardians and they go home every month so they still feel connected to their communities.