URBAN ALLIANCE FOUNDATION INC

Employing Youth. Inspiring Excellence

aka Urban Alliance   |   Washington, DC   |  www.theurbanalliance.org

Mission

The mission of Urban Alliance is to empower under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, professional skills training and mentoring. Urban Alliance currently operates in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL, Northern Virginia and Detroit.

Ruling year info

1996

CEO

Ms. Elizabeth Lindsey

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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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

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.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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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 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 = 81%
- College Persistence = 81%

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Urban Alliance helps young adults, predominately people of color, overcome systemic barriers to access and opportunity in the workforce. We connect high school students from all backgrounds with paid internships, training, and a network of caring adults committed to their long-term success. We also connect community-minded employers with a diverse, skilled talent pipeline.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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?

Financials

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URBAN ALLIANCE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 8/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Zients

Urban Alliance

Mary Zients

Urban Alliance

Thomas Nides

Morgan Stanley

Christine Gregory

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc

Andrew Plepler

Bank of America

Nicholas Kilavos

Alliance Partners LLC

Veronica Nolan

Alexandria City Public Schools Board

Gregory Desautels

Capital One Financial Corporation

Kelly Dibble

Northern Trust

Shahin Rezai

Retired, Capital One

Marta Urquilla

Education Design Lab

Jeanna Vidale

Clark Construction

DeLinda Washington

Kaiser Permanente Foundation Health Plan

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

Director of Community Mobilization, Ballmer Group

Zed Smith

Chief Operating Officer, The Cordish Companies

Marta Urquilla

President, Centri Tech Foundation

Board leadership practices

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/04/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/04/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.