Mission: The organization is committed to "initiating and supporting signs of hope for the city of los angeles" by empowering people, achieving social justice and economic development and promoting the well being of communities as envisioned by christian faith.
Programs: Building youth leadership - kid city is a year round, youth leadership and development, college access and success program established in the fall of 2008. Program priorities are college access and success, job and college readiness, and campus and community leadership. In 2016, kid city had over 200 students in college, about 100 high school students, and in addition, served siblings and family members of participating students. College support, mentoring for college admissions, tutoring, and music lessons are offered after-school. Summer and winter break programs include leadership, music, dance, band, job training, etc. Kid city engages parents and families to support first generation, college-going youth from low income families, in neighborhoods in central and south los angeles. Students.
claremont school of theology - half of the initial gift with which the urban foundation was founded is a permanently restricted fund to support the programs and professor of urban ministry at the claremont school of theology. This grant supported the mildred hutchinson professor of urban ministry, named after one of the urban foundation founders and greatest inspirations.
internship in urban ministry - this program provided paid 8-week long internships in urban ministry to five interns ages 20-25. Interns were placed in community and faith-affiliated grassroots urban programs, including kid city, museum of social justice, peace camp at united university church, freedom school at holman united methodist church, and young people creating change at the church in ocean park. Interns lived in cooperative community at orchard house near usc, attended weekly theology study sessions, and met weekly with spiritual mentors. Interns receive a $2000 stipend, housing, and transportation.
The LA United Methodist Urban Foundation is a magnificent organization that helps students apply to college, get involved in the arts, and become leaders in their community. I started volunteering at their Kid City Hope Place program a few years ago and I can testify that Urban Foundation/Kid City is a unique place to volunteer with. They provide a great orientation and on-boarding experience. Many of their past students come back as volunteers as well so you get to learn how Kid City helped them. I highly recommend others to reach out for volunteer opportunities.