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Our mission is to prepare young adults from underresourced areas in Washington, DC for the world of work and a life of self-sufficiency, through education, mentoring, and meaningful paid internships.
In 1996, the Urban Alliance (UA) was founded by a small group of volunteers to create employment and educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged Washington, D.C. high school students. The pilot program began with six students in the spring of 1996. We currently serve over 150 students annually, and have reached over 500 students since that first year. Our mission is to prepare youth from under-resourced areas in Washington, DC for the world of work and a life of self-sufficiency, through education, mentoring, and meaningful paid internships. UA students focus on achieving five goals: 1. improving hard and soft skills, (as defined by our evaluation tools) 2. graduating from high school 3. attending college or a training program 4. identifying employment opportunities, and 5. gaining long-term employment experience.