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.
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.
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.
The commitment of the UA staff is unsurpassed by any nonprofit I have been associated with. They are always trying to improve. They listen to their constituents and others and seek to learn ways to do better.