Vision and Mission

Employing Youth. Inspiring Excellence.


Empowering youth to aspire, work, and succeed.

Every young adult will thrive in an equitable workforce.

OUR MISSION

Urban Alliance connects high school students to equitable, inclusive careers through paid work experiences, mentorship, and professional development. We work with schools and employers to address systemic barriers to economic mobility for young adults of color and to bridge the gaps between education and workforce development for all young people.

We are building a diverse next-generation workforce. Since 1996, Urban Alliance has connected 6,000 young adults, primarily from communities of color, to paid internships and trained 21,000 more young adults in workforce skills across the greater Washington, DC area (including Montgomery County, Prince George’s County,and Northern Virginia), Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit.

We fight for equity by inspiring students to dream big and achieve economic mobility. Our work supports the development of diverse talent pipelines. ​

In partnership with over 200+ employers, we level the playing field for young people in the workforce by equipping them with the tools to overcome the systemic barriers that prevent equal access to economic opportunity.

Our signature High School Internship Program provides skills training, mentoring, and paid internships to high school students that keeps them connected to school or the workforce.

Students First

All of our work is guided by the principle that our students come first — always.