URBAN ALLIANCE

Rating: 4.84 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Job Training

Location: 2030 Q Street NW Washington DC 20009 USA

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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

UA is an awesome organization that makes a difference in the lives of the young people it serves. As a former funder and now as a Board member, I cannot say enough about the deliberate and powerful way UA addresses the needs of young people and understands the business needs of the companies hiring them. That is truly important and often under estimated. When I worked at The World Bank, we would not have had a High School internship program without the involvement of this organization - they truly prepare young people to enter the workforce.

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We have been partnering with UA for over 15 years now and the proof of their programs is that we now have 6 full time staff working at the World Bank (post college) that were once HS interns here. The staff are professional, smart and very well versed in youth development. The students are well trained and are excellent representatives of our community. The programming is in-depth and substantive and provides students with the right amount of knowledge and support necessary to a successful internship experience. Leadership matters ina great nonprofit and Veronica Nolan embodies that concept. She is phenomenal, funny, warm and an amazing manager of her staff. I can't imagine we would be able to hire as many interns every summer (20-25) without UA - it just wouldn't work.

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Urban Alliance has such a positive impact on our community. The students enrolled in the program show dedication and effort, in order to change their lives for the better. The end of year speaking engagement is one of the most inspirational meetings I have ever attened. To witness the growth of these students in a short ten month period is astonishing.

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Urban Alliance is an organization that has impact not only with the students directly involved but through out the communitty. It allows at risk high school seniors to earn money, develop professional skills and build their resume for college. It enables employers the ability to hire inexpensive labor, a tax deduction and the opportunity to impact the life of a youngster forever. It betters the communitty by having more profesionals working in their city, creating more revenue for their companies, stimulating the local econonmy and paying more taxes.

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Urban Alliance has a team that understands its mission and is totally committed to helping DC youth through professional and personal development and work experience. Look at the results! It's a joy to serve as a board member with such dedicated staff talent working to make a difference in the lives of young adults.

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Urban Alliances' mission is to reverse high youth unemployment trends through; workforce training, mentoring, and year-long professional paid internships for high school seniors. Partnering with local business communities, Urban Alliance helps youths gain the skills and experience necessary to succeed in the workforce.
The need for internships is rising! The staff of Urban Alliance is highly dedicated to both the youth and the business community, and are focused on meeting that increased demand. To a person, the staff is; professional, friendly, and amazingly positive about the opportunities the interns will have access to once they complete the program

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I initially learned about Urban Alliance about five years ago when I heard a radio interview with one of its student interns. I was so moved by what the young woman had to say about how Urban Alliance had shown her possibilities for her life that she never even knew existed, that I literally got out of my car, ran into my house, Googled them and have been involved ever since as a volunteer and now as a Board Member. Executive Director Veronica Nolan works tirelessly for these kids and leads a talented and dedicated staff who are passionate about the work that they do with the youth of DC, Baltimore and Chicago. The Urban Alliance organization and the employers who agree to hire and mentor our students are providing them the gift of a life transformed. The young people who come out of this program leave better prepared for college and for living productive and successful lives. Cannot say enough positive things about Urban Alliance!

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I thoroughly enjoy serving Urban Alliance (UA) as a board member because there is no doubt in my mind that this organization changes their participants' trajectory for the better. In addition to being on their board, my employer hosts Urban Alliance interns. Interns bring great energy to our work environment and our team members who serve as mentors can't wait to meet their new intern each year.

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I have worked with the Urban Alliance for the past 6 years as a volunteer, initially, and then as a board member. Veronica Nolan and her staff are exceptional in meeting the needs of HS seniors and matching them with mentors. The staff is extremely dedicated and it is amazing to see how the program helps transforms the lives of these young people. Many of which would never complete high school--do and then they even go on to college. It's amazing what one program and one mentor can do to change the lives of so many.

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The Urban Alliance Foundation gives students the tools and skills to be prepared for the world of work -- and then places participants in internships so that they can apply what they've learned. Being successful in the workplace requires the ability to negotiate the many "unspoken rules" and social cues that exist in professional settings. Acquiring these skills can be particularly challenging for youth from under-resourced neighborhoods because of their limited access to professional environments. UA demystifies the work experience and through creating a culture of success and achievement, shows students that their professional aspirations are attainable.

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