Urban Alliance is the leading non-profit organization providing internships and job skills training to D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago high school students from under-resourced communities.
Urban Alliance’s mission is to empower under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentoring. The overarching goal of the organization is to equip youth to successfully transition to the working world, and Urban Alliance achieves this end by helping youth to attain the following objectives: 1) Improve hard and soft job skills; 2) Graduate from high school; 3) Attend college or a training program; 4) Identify employment opportunities; and 5) Gain long-term employment experience.
The organization combines four programmatic elements- year-round professional, paid internships; mentoring from an adult professional; case management from an experienced youth development professional; and trainings focused on college and career skills, all of which contribute to transforming students' trajectories.
For the most recently completed program year, 2011-2012, 100% of Interns completing the High School Internship Program graduated from high school, and 94% of seniors from the class of 2012 are college bound.