Mission: The mission of Urban Alliance is to empower under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training and mentoring.
Results: 100% of Interns graduated from high school on time.
98% of Interns from the Class of 2011 enrolled in college.
93% of Interns reported that Urban Alliance curriculum prepared them for future life challenges.
Programs: The Urban Alliance was founded by a small group of volunteers in 1996 to create employment and educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged Washington, D.C. high school students. The program began with a pilot group of six in the spring of 1996. Since then we have served over 1000 students and expanded our program to serve students across three citites. Our target population is youth who currently attend D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago public and charter high schools. All youth we serve live in under-resourced neighborhoods and attend schools failing to make adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. We target seniors with half day schedules (exempted from afternoon classes). After recruitment, all students attend a month of pre-work training after school. With good attendance to pre-work training, students are then matched with a jobsite and mentors. During the school year the students work at their job sites part-time. Students also attend regular professional development workshops covering topics such as professional writing, time management, communication skills, workplace etiquette, conflict resolution, interviewing, financial literacy, and computer literacy. During the summer, students begin working full-time four days a week. On Fridays, students attend skill-building workshops. The summer program culminates with a Public Speaking Challenge. In addition to continued success with our High School Internship Program, we have also expanded to provide Alumni Services to graduates of the program.Our Curriculum Outreach Department also facilitates workshops and provides program management support for local schools, organizations, and government agencies.
THE URBAN ALLIANCE WORKS DILIGENTLY AND CREATIVELY TO ASSIST OUR YOUTH AND ACHIEVING THEIR GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND BY OPENING UP NEW WORLDS AND EXPERIENCES FOR THEM. THEY HELP STUDENTS BELIEVE THEY CAN AND WILL BE SUCCESSFUL AND IMAGINE BETTER LIVES BEYOND THEIR CURRENT ENVIRONMENT AND CIRCUMSTANCES.
This organization helps at risk youth become confident members of both the academic and professional communities. I have been privileged to hear these young people speak about the changes made in their lives by the opportunity to work and learn and it is incredible. The staff is dedicated to the success of these young people.