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The Language of Youth Empowerment

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 4:45 PM

By Kumera Genet, Former Urban Alliance Program Coordinator

I don't remember the exact breakdown of the vote, but the verdict was clear. My group of approximately 30 Urban Alliance Interns no longer wanted to be referred to as a "caseload." This wasn't a point of contention or derision, it was...

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Open Letter to D.C. Youth

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 2:26 PM

By Farhana Hussain, Urban Alliance Alumna -- Class of 2010-2011

D.C. Youth:

I would like to begin this letter by saying that I owe Urban Alliance my life. I grew up in a one-bedroom apartment that housed a family of four for 20-years in a relatively decent neighborhood. I...

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At Risk or Under Supported?

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 1:19 PM

By Samantha Palmer,
Urban Alliance Program Coordinator
Urban Alliance Alumna

When I hear the phrase "students at risk," I cringe at the idea that society has labeled under-supported young people in such a way that has placed all of the responsibility on the young...

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Are Summer Jobs a Thing of The Past?

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 12:27 PM

By: Shukurat Adamoh-Faniyan

I'll never forget my first job. I was a junior counselor at a summer camp In Southwest, Washington, D.C.. At 14 years old, I was tasked with organizing materials and preparing activities for a group of energetic five-year olds. I remember the sense of accomplishment I felt,...

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A Different View of The World: We're All in This Together

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 1:27 PM

By Brian Boyer, Marketing Communications Advisor, Urban Alliance

We've all heard the slang terms used callously by many to describe the homeless: Bum; bag lady; vagrant; and derelict, to name just a few. Most of us don't stare in the mirror, look into our own eyes and lump ourselves...

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Danger and Opportunity: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 5:07 PM

By Carol Thompson Cole, President & CEO, Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP)

President Kennedy once noted that when the word "crisis" is written in Chinese it is composed of two characters -- one representing danger, the other opportunity. With 15 million U.S. children living in poverty and nearly 7 million young...

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Blind Data: Driving Youth Outcomes Through Evaluation

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 4:33 PM

By Dan Tsin, Director of Evaluation, Urban Alliance

Unemployment rate. College drop-out rate. Program retention and attrition. It's easy to get lost in the expanding world of numbers and figures. At Urban Alliance, we make sure to focus on the right data so our youth don't end up...

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Connecting Our Nation's Youth to Their First Real Job

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 10:17 AM

By Lori Kaplan, President & CEO Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)

There are certain things in life you never forget: your favorite pet's name, your first kiss, and your first real job! Ask anyone, and they will remember crazy details about their first real job. Sitting around with friends, we...

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Providing Opportunities to Those Who Need Them Most

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 9:00 AM

By Veronica Nolan, CEO Urban Alliance

In the fall of 2008, a major donor to Urban Alliance, a program that provides internships and job skills workshops to high school seniors from under-resourced communities, phoned me, the organization's Executive Director (at the time), to inquire whether I knew of any nonprofit...

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