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URBAN ALLIANCE FOUNDATION INC

Employing Youth. Inspiring Excellence.

aka Urban Alliance   |   Washington, DC   |  https://www.urbanalliance.org/

Mission

Urban Alliance connects high school students to equitable, inclusive careers through paid work experiences, mentorship, and professional development. We work with schools and employers to address systemic barriers to economic mobility for young adults of color and to bridge the gaps between education and workforce development for all young people. We are building a diverse next-generation workforce. Since 1996, Urban Alliance has connected 6,000 young adults, primarily from communities of color, to paid internships and trained 21,000 more young adults in workforce skills across the greater Washington, DC area (including Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Northern Virginia), Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit.

Ruling year info

1996

CEO

Ms. Veronica Nolan

Main address

2030 Q St., NW

Washington, DC 20009 USA

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EIN

52-1938443

NTEE code info

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

High School Internship Program

In partnership with over 200+ employers, we level the playing field for young people in the workforce by equipping them with the tools to overcome the systemic barriers that prevent equal access to economic opportunity. Our signature High School Internship Program provides skills training, mentoring, and paid internships to high school students that keeps them connected to school or the workforce.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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 connects high school students to equitable, inclusive careers through paid work experiences, mentorship, and professional development. We work with schools and employers to address systemic barriers to economic mobility for young adults of color and to bridge the gaps between education and workforce development for all young people.

We are building a diverse next-generation workforce. Since 1996, Urban Alliance has connected 6,000 young adults, primarily from communities of color, to paid internships and trained 21,000 more young adults in workforce skills across the greater Washington, DC area (including Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Northern Virginia), Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit.

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 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 = 92%

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

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URBAN ALLIANCE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 07/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mary Zients

Urban Alliance


Board co-chair

Andrew Plepler

Bank of America

Mary Menell Zients

Urban Alliance

Christine Gregory

Former Executive Director, Urban Alliance; DEI consultant and CEO/Founder of Harmony Global Foods, LLC

Andrew Plepler

Global Head of ESG, Bank of America

Nicholas Kilavos

Managing Director-Asset Management, Alliance Partners

Gregory Desautels

Managing Vice President of Strategy, Capital One

Kelly Dibble

Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Northern Trust

Shahin Rezai

Retired Senior VP, Chief Counsel, Transactions, Securities and Finance, Capital One

Jeanna Vidale

Senior Human Resources Director, Turner Construction Company

Linda Assante

Former Managing Partner, Jasper Ridge Partners

Kevin Greer

Partner, New Profit

Deborah Harmon

Co-Founder and CEO, Artemis Real Estate Partners

Eshauna Smith

Former CEO, Urban Alliance; Director of Community Mobilization, Ballmer Group

Zed Smith

Chief Operating Officer, The Cordish Companies

Marta Urquilla

President, Centri Tech Foundation

Rick Wade

Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Michael Parker

Senior VP, Comcast, Beltway Region

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/10/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/20/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.