Center for Urban Exellence

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Center for Urban Exellence

EIN: 82-5055467


We foster resilience in system-impacted youth, transforming challenges into strengths. Through holistic education, arts, and dynamic workforce opportunities, we champion wellness and antifragility, paving the way for brighter futures.

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Reina Robinson

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PO Box 5543


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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Public health

Media access and policy

Communication media

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Population served info

Children and youth

Young adults

Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

Incarcerated people

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NTEE code info

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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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?

Fostering Resilience Workforce Program

The Center for Urban Excellence's Fostering Resilience Workforce Program aims to empower 48 system-impacted Solano County youth and young adults, aged 16-35, by providing them with essential skills and experience for success in their chosen careers. This is achieved through a combination of work-readiness and lifeskill workshops, along with personalized one-on-one career coaching.

Program Design:

Step 1: CUE receives program application.
Step 2: Participant has an interview with staff and turns in required documentation.
Step 3: Participant completes Individualized Employment Plans (IEPs) and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals.
Step 4: Participants complete self-paced online career assessments.
Step 5: Participants engage in career coaching with CUE staff for job or educational goal obtainment.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Incarcerated people
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Our results

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Number of youth and young adults served through programs

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Fostering Resilience Workforce Program

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Direction of Success


Context Notes

Last year, we reached a milestone by serving 178 youths and young adults directly impacting their pathway towards thriving futures. Our initiatives reached nearly 3,500 individuals.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Since the beginning, our vision has been to create a world where every individual can achieve their full potential, irrespective of their background. The Center for Urban Excellence (CUE) aims to solve the problems of inequality and injustice that prevent individuals from reaching their full potential. The organization recognizes that systemic barriers and lack of access to essential resources create significant challenges for many communities. CUE is dedicated to addressing these root causes by empowering system-involved youth and fostering resilience and wellness through holistic educational, economic, social, and artistic opportunities.

Artistic and social-emotional expression are central to our approach, enhancing creativity and social-emotional intelligence. Our Fostering Resilience framework equips youth and their families with strategies to overcome adversity, while our youth leadership development program nurtures future community leaders. We also offer comprehensive college and career readiness programs and promote critical thinking through media literacy education.

Since 2016, we have supported over 560 individuals in Solano and Contra Costa Counties, as well as the Greater Bay Area, helping them build self-confidence, improve academic performance, and develop a positive outlook on their futures. We are committed to creating safe, inclusive spaces where young minds can thrive and grow to achieve their full potential, regardless of their circumstances or background.

1. Community Engagement and Collaboration:
• Partnerships: Develop strong partnerships with local community members, schools, and other organizations to ensure a collaborative approach to addressing inequalities.
• Community Input: Actively seek and incorporate input from community members to understand their unique needs and challenges, ensuring that our programs are relevant and impactful.
2. Education and Skill Development:
• CUE recognizes the critical role of families in supporting the holistic development of youth. That's why we are committed to offering trainings and workshops aimed at empowering families to partner effectively with schools and communities.
3. Resource Provision:
• Access to Services: Provide access to essential services such as transportation, employment, and basic needs to help individuals overcome barriers to success.
• Program Evaluation: Continuously evaluate the effectiveness of our programs and initiatives, using surveys and feedback to make improvements and ensure we are meeting our goals.
4. Capacity Building:
• Organizational Development: Invest in the development of our organization to ensure we have the capacity to effectively support our mission, including staff training, infrastructure, and technology.
• Volunteer Engagement: Recruit, train, and engage volunteers to expand our reach and impact, leveraging their skills and passion to support our initiatives.
5. Sustainable Practices:
• Long-Term Planning: Develop and implement long-term strategic plans that ensure the sustainability and scalability of our programs and initiatives.
• Resource Management: Efficiently manage our resources to maximize impact and ensure the longevity of our efforts.

By implementing these strategies, CUE aims to create a supportive and empowering environment where every individual has the opportunity to achieve their full potential, contributing to a more inclusive, equitable, and just society.

1. Experienced Leadership and Staff:
Qualified Team: Our organization is led by a team of experienced professionals with expertise in education, community development, and social justice. This includes dedicated staff members who are passionate about our mission and skilled in program development and execution.
Professional Development: We prioritize continuous professional development for our staff to ensure they are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills to effectively serve our communities.

2. Strong Community Partnerships:
Collaborative Network: We have established strong partnerships with local schools, community organizations, and businesses. These partnerships enable us to leverage a wide range of resources and expertise to support our programs and initiatives.
Community Trust: Our long-standing presence and positive reputation in the community have fostered trust and collaboration, making it easier to engage with and mobilize community members.

3. Comprehensive Programs and Services:
Diverse Offerings: We offer a wide range of programs and services that address various aspects of individual and community development, including educational support, skill-building workshops, and support services.
Tailored Approaches: Our programs are designed to be flexible and responsive to the unique needs of different communities and individuals, ensuring that our support is relevant and effective.

4. Funding:
Diverse Funding Sources: We have a diversified funding base, including grants, donations, and partnerships, which provides financial support for our programs. However, Our Fostering Resilience Youth Leadership program, a cornerstone initiative funded until November 2024, seeks to continue its critical work beyond this term. For nearly 2 years, this program has been a beacon of hope for many families, offering art wellness activities, leadership development, education and workforce opportunities, and a supportive community aimed at reducing substance use and mitigating the effects of adverse childhood experiences among youth. ​We are seeking support for our college and workplace tours, social outing, resilience training service-learning projects, and more.
Grant Writing Expertise: Our team has expertise in grant writing and fundraising, allowing us to secure the necessary resources to support our initiatives.

5. Data-Driven Decision Making:
Evaluation: We conduct ongoing program evaluations to measure the impact of our initiatives and identify areas for improvement. This data-driven approach ensures that our strategies are effective and aligned with our goals.
Impact Assessment: We have the capability to assess the long-term impact of our programs on individuals and communities, helping us to continuously refine our approaches for maximum effectiveness.

In a world where challenges abound, the Center for Urban Excellence (CUE) stands as a beacon of hope and transformation for system-impacted youth and families of Solano and Contra Costa counties. Our mission is not just to navigate adversities but to harness them, fostering antifragility and resilience in the young lives we touch.

2023: A Testament to Empowerment
Last year, we reached a milestone by serving 178 youths and young adults through our innovative Fostering Resilience Youth Leadership and Workforce Programs, directly impacting their pathway towards thriving futures. Our initiatives reached nearly 3,500 individuals through 28 community events and engagements, fostering a sense of curiosity, belonging and community.

Financially, we've been able to provide $41,510 in youth incentives and nearly $29,000 in participant wages, with an additional $14,165 in family support services. These investments go beyond numbers, building a foundation of support, confidence, and opportunity.

Transformative Testimonials: The Power of Change

At the Center for Urban Excellence, the Fostering Resilience Program catalyzes profound growth among participants:

73% report enhanced communication with family about feelings.

82% express increased enjoyment in community events and activities.

96% feel a sense of support from CUE members and staff.

98% can describe their vision for themselves as a thriving adult.

The Road Ahead: Sustaining Impact
As we look to the future, our goal is to not just sustain but expand our reach and deepen our impact. The heart of our mission, the Fostering Resilience Youth Leadership program, requires resources to continue transforming lives through comprehensive education and social experiences, mentorship, and support services.


Center for Urban Exellence
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Lorie Fillyaw
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 1 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.1 over 1 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 1 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Center for Urban Exellence

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Center for Urban Exellence’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $78,796
As % of expenses 37.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $78,796
As % of expenses 37.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $288,014
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 6.7%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 49.5%
All other grants and contributions 43.8%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $209,218
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 13.6%
Professional fees 7.6%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 55.0%
All other expenses 23.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $209,218
One month of savings $17,435
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $226,653

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 4.1
Months of cash and investments 4.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.5
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $72,232
Investments $0
Receivables $6,564
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $78,796
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $78,796

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Reina Robinson

Reina Robinson, MA, is a certified resilience and mental wellness practitioner, author and the CEO of the Center for Urban Excellence. Her work focuses on digital media literacy, spectrum thinking, and social and economic opportunity development. Reina became a scholar at California State University, East Bay, earning a B.A. in Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color minor, plus a Master of Arts degree in Communication. Reina uses Afrofuturism, art and education to share her experiences with hope, healing and antifragility to advocate for underrepresented groups.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Center for Urban Exellence

Board of directors
as of 06/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Reina Robinson

Center for Urban Excellence

Term: 2022 - 2028

Shelly Smith

Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Tracy Gordan


Sherise Williams


Lashayna Deloach

Sutter Health

Myles Burton

Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD)

Chayla Gibson

Larkin Street Youth Services

Wendi Rhodes

City of Sacramento

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/16/2024

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation