October 29, 2014
Urban Alliance has been very instrumental in helping Baltimore youth to be more productive and self-efficient. Partnering with Morgan State University’s Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Center (EDAC), youth have the opportunity to obtain knowledge that will help them gain an entry level position in the field of Business Administration.
When it comes to hiring interns through the partnership with Urban Alliance, we not only receive assistance with projects we otherwise will have to focus on ourselves, interns will receive hands on experience that will enhance their hard skills (filing, data entry, customer service, etc.), and soft skills (attendance, attire, attitude, task completion, setting goals, etc.), which in some cases can lead to permanent employment.
I personally enjoy being a part of this amazing partnership; it gives me an opportunity to give back my time and effort by working closely and mentoring a youth to exceed in their personal and professional endeavors. It is a pleasure to hear their most inner thoughts and their passion about life’s goals, and if I can I say or do one thing to help them accomplish their goals, than it makes it all worth it.
Our youth’s today need a safe haven where they can go, a place to receive positive structure, and a listening ear. Urban Alliance provides these services by partnering with organizations like EDAC, seeking a common goal by educating our youth and helping them to maintain their independence.
I am elated to be a part of Urban Alliance and watching our youth shine.
Yvette D. Racks
Urban Alliance Mentor
Morgan State University
Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Center (EDAC)
Urban Alliance is not just an organization, it is a true movement that impacts the lives of thousands of people in our community. In its short history, Urban Alliance has provided thousands of under-resourced high school seniors with real-life work experiences through paid internships. This work helps build stronger, more vibrant communities that sustain themselves for generations, and this impacts everyone.
In my work with Urban Alliance, not only did I see an organization driven by results and impact, but I experienced passion from its staff and volunteers that live its mission on a daily basis. Leadership is tremendous and with their continued passion and dedication, more and more high school seniors will thrive academically and professionally. When this happens, we all win in the end.