We’re building tomorrow’s workforce

Urban Alliance believes that all young people -- no matter their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background -- deserve equal access to the skills training, paid work experiences, and professional networks needed to achieve economic mobility. In partnership with over 200 employers, we've provided over 5,700 internships to underserved youth since 1996.

Black Lives Matter.
Black Dreams Matter.

CEO Eshauna Smith's statement

'Who Will Succeed in Tomorrow's Job Market?'

Urban Alliance's new white paper explores how well-designed internships can help businesses and schools bridge the growing soft skills gap - and build a more equitable talent pipeline.

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Help Urban Alliance youth - who rely on their paychecks to keep coming regularly - during the COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 Student Fund and Resources
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Urban Alliance is building a diverse next-generation workforce by providing job skills training, mentoring, and paid internships to young people of color during high school.

In partnership with over 200 employers, we level the playing field for young people of color by equipping them with the tools to overcome the systemic barriers preventing them from equitably accessing economic opportunity.

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Program Spotlight

William Bates

Baltimore, 2013

William is now an employee at his high school internship site, Wells Fargo, and a senior at Bowie State University majoring in Accounting. “I looked at the program as more than a job,” William said. “It was an opportunity to better myself.”

Alexandria Renew

Interview with Karen Pallansch, CEO, and Johnnie Wallace, Environmental Health and Safety Manager

“If you are on company or nonprofit boards, if you work for an organization that doesn’t have Urban Alliance interns, please talk up this amazing and impactful intern program or ask your organization to provide internships or resources to Urban Alliance.”  Read More

We're Just Getting Started

We've Placed Over 5,700 Students in Professional Internships and Trained More than 21,000 in Workforce Skills

80%

Urban Alliance alumni connected to economically-mobile pathways

5,700

Young people placed in paid, professional internships

100%

High school graduation rate

20+ Years

Connecting underserved youth to economic opportunity

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Change a life.

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