The mission of Urban Alliance is to empower under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training and mentoring. Urban Alliance currently operates in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL and; Arlington and Alexandria, VA.
Ms. Eshauna Smith
2030 Q St., NW
Washington, DC 20009 USA
youth, employment, financial literacy, job training, internship, development
Business, Youth Development (O53)
Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)
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High School Internship Program
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 700 DC students and expanded our program to serve students city-wide. Our target population is youth who currently attend or have graduated from D.C. 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. The High School Internship Program recently expanded to recruit city-wide in Washington, DC. 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 our graduate programming.
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
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Urban Alliance aims to ensure that all young people have access to education and employment opportunities, leading to lives of self-sufficiency, regardless of race or socioeconomic status.
Urban Alliance is an intensive intervention for high school youth, providing up to 700 hours of service to each young person served.
The intervention revolves around a ten-month, paid professional internship. Examples of placements include, law firms, banks and financial institutions, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations. At the worksite, Interns are able to hone in on such professional skills as office administration, technology, and communication. In addition, they are exposed to a new world of professional contacts and mentorship.
Prior to placement, Interns are put through an intensive training where soft skills such as professionalism, attitude, and punctuality are emphasized. These skills are reinforced in weekly workshops throughout the year.
Finally, individual case managers work with each youth to create a detailed post-high school plan, ensuring youth are on-track for college and career readiness.
Youth have access to multiple sources of positive adult relationships. All Urban Alliance Program Coordinators, who have a caseload of approximately 30 young people, are trained in Advancing Youth Development principles. In addition, most of these trained youth developers have had previous classroom experience.
Moreover, each Intern is paired with a worksite supervisor or Mentor. Mentors not only act as a professional support, providing tasks and appropriate feedback, but also support the young person in pursuit of their post-secondary goals, often acting as a professional reference and contact.
Urban Alliance is a results-oriented organization, committed to both the process and performance measures that will ensure success for our youth.
We rely on four primary indicators to ensure our youth are progressing towards the goal of living self-sufficiently:
1. High School Graduation - number of youth graduating high school on-time
2. College Enrollment - number of youth enrolling within six months of high school completion to a two- or four-year college
3. College Persistence - number of college-bound youth who remain enrolled into their second year of college
4. Connectedness - the number of youth employed and earning a liveable wage, enrolled in post-secondary education, or enrolled in a career training program.
In addition there are a number of indicators that measure program delivery success. These include hours worked, measured growth in both hard and soft skills, and post-secondary readiness.
Urban Alliance is committed to its results and are constantly tracking them against regional averages. Results are listed below:
- High School Graduation Rate = 100%
- College Acceptance = 95%
- College Enrollment = 81%
- College Persistence = 81%
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