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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Youth Development - Business

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.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with Urban Alliance has been a wonderful experience! Not only is the staff professional and friendly, but so is the youth they work with. Serving as a mentor has been such a positive experience for me. There is nothing more amazing than seeing a high school senior develop into a young adult in less than a year. Urban Alliance is a one of a kind program and I would encourage anyone I can to work with them in whichever way they are able.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a graduate, this was the greatest, most beneficial, and supportive program I've ever joined. Everyone was a joy to be around, and they all had an enormous impact on my life as a professional and a person!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Urban Alliance is the best program for youth development in Washington, DC. The staff has a real passion for working with youth and the success of the program shows this. Urban Alliance has helped me become a professional and better prepared me for post high school plans. UA is awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an alum, the services and support Urban Alliance provides are amazing! Keep up the great work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly admire the important work Urban Alliance does to foster necessary skills in youth and provide them with opportunities to succeed personally and professionally. I had the pleasure of working with an Urban Alliance intern this past Summer. She was eager to learn and approached each task with a sincere passion and commitment. It was clear to me that the resources and supports provided to her through the Urban Alliance program were working. Urban Alliance really works to develop essential life skills in young people that not only makes them more marketable for employment but increases their self-esteem and helps them realize their full potential.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Urban Alliance has been assisting Dance Place's Junior Staff Program for over a year. One of the main goals of the Junior Staff Program is to train high school students in our community to be ready for college and the professional world after they leave school. Urban Alliance's sessions with our Junior Staff have better prepared them for this and have gave them valuable on-the-job training! Dance Place is very thankful and appreciative for all that Urban Alliance has done for us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a TV producer who's currently working on a show that helps high school students explore their dream careers, Urban Alliance was and remains an early champion and key supporter of the cause. Their leadership quickly recognizes opportunities that further help their students and they move fast to make things happen on the ground. They have once again chosen an extraordinary group of Baltimore City Public High School students and I know these students will have better employment opportunities thanks to the work of Urban Alliance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Urban Alliance has changed me completely within past year. I am an alumni of the very first Chicago class from 2012-2013. It was an amazing experience and I appreciate everything that they've done for me. The Chicago Urban Alliance staff are amazing and they were a big help with my after high school plans. I recommend that all teens choose Urban Alliance.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Wendy-Ann Dixon-Dubois has been teaching the Urban Alliance Foundation job skills curriculum to our blind and low vision teen weekly DC VIP Teens after-school program participants at the DC Publicd LIbrary. Wendy is great with teens, and the curriculum is fun and informative. Some of teens learned to write a check for the first time last fall! They've definitely benefitted from the training, which is so necessary for so many of our youth here in DC. Thank you, Wendy and Urban Alliance. It's pleasure to write this commendation for you. Venetia V. Demson, Chief, Adaptive Services, DC Public Library.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am delighted to be called upon as a reference for Urban Alliance. I first became acquainted with them in 2009, when I joined the YWCA National Capital Area. In this reference I would like to express my respect and appreciation for this program, which brings outstanding students with a contribution to the work of of the YWCA NCA. The students are articulate, thorough and pay attention to details and do not dread working. They are excited to be working and coming to work. They have an extraordinary ability to analyze problems and outline necessary courses of action when brought in front them.
The Urban Alliance is training and teaching them great things for when the students go out into the world of business today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern. My name is Cyrus Roher, Project Analyst Benefits with PHI headquartered in downtown Washington DC. The program initiated and implemented by Urban Alliance is outstanding. We've supported the organization for more than six years and the experience and relationship has grown. The organization's efforts to build relationship between youth and businesses in and around the city is exceptional. The participation is a win-win situation for our organization in that we've given the students the experience and exposure to the professional working environment through mentoring and we've received support and assistance in various areas of PHI's Human Resources division. Through UA the students are screened, coached and higly recommended with full support of each placement. I recommend companies in the DC Metropolitan or any area with such a program to get involved.

Susan168

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been with Urban Alliance since their debut in the Baltimore area. This is our 5th year. We have enjoyed having the interns. We have helped them understand the commitments and opportunities of the real work world and then in turn have taught us alot also. We were able to expand opportunities in our building this year to two more departments. I would recommend this experience for anyone wanting to make a difference in someone's future.

Lovely C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Urban alliance is a great program that helps youth in the inner city's to succeed. This program really allowed me to obtain an experience that I other wise would not have been exposed to if I did not attend this program. Not only did I get a job but urban alliance provided me with resume workshops and job training skills that would carry on throughout my life. Urban Alliance is a program that keeps on giving with there aluminum services once you become a member you are member for life. Thank You Urban Alliance

Client Served

Rating: 5

The urban Alliance staff goes well out of their way to help their students succeed. I started with Urban Alliance as a senior in High school as a part of the High School internship program. I am now a College Graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and throughout the years Urban Alliance has been there to guide me along the way with job placement assistance, resume building, interviewing skills, etc.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a child growing up, I was faced with many obstacles that could have potentially hindered me from succeeding in life. I was raised in a single-parent home, with my mother raising seven children on her own. I grew up in Southeast, Washington DC, in a pretty rough community, filled with high percentages of high-school drop-out rates, teen pregnancy, drugs, and gangs. Being raised in this type of environment made me really open my eyes to realize that this was not the environment I would want to continue to live in or raise a family. It also allowed me to actually see the negative consequences individuals encountered because of the lack of a college degree. Coming from this place where many are discouraged and have no hope outside of that community, really influenced me to want to give back to those who are the most vulnerable in these negative environments such as the youth. I was fortunate enough to get involved in many programs like Urban Allianc in my community that really offered me a new insight in life. I was able to learn essential skills such as phone etiquette, professionalism, time management, networking and so much more that has really played a major role in my advancement in life. I am currently a Senior at George Mason University, studying Social Work and is expecting to graduate in the Spring of 2013. Honestly, because of programs like Urban Alliance, it has really influenced my career interests and paths I plan on pursuing in life. I am really passionate about working with youth in urban cities to help guide them in the right direction. Whatever my career choice may be, I plan on following in UA's steps by instilling in these youth to have pride in where they come from and hope for a better future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in this program when I was in High School and had a great experience with this organization. Urban Alliance provided me with paid internships at both The World Bank and the Energy Action Coalition. Thanks to Urban Alliance, these two internship experiences have helped shape my future career goals of becoming deeply involved in the philanthropic field. I also received a scholarship through this program that greatly helped relieve the financial burden of college. I was so inspired by this organization that I, along with my brother, used our birthdays as an opportunity to raise funds for a scholarship that was given to a youth participant in Urban Alliance.