Onward with Urban Alliance

A note from our CEO, Elizabeth Lindsey, reflecting on 2021: 

As we close out another year that surprised and delighted and confounded us, one thing that has remained constant is Urban Alliance’s commitment to connecting young adults across the country with life-changing paid internships, mentorship, and support.  

When I joined Urban Alliance (UA) as CEO in April 2021, it was clear that the organization was still a beacon for young adults, despite a year of pandemic, tumult, and uncertainty. In the 2020-2021 school year, UA’s leadership remained steadfast in their commitment to our students. We connected 456 students to paid internships – mostly virtual – creating an opportunity for young people to build networks and gain work experience in once unfathomable circumstances.  

Not only did UA maintain its core work over the past 18 months, but the organization has expanded its impact and strategy. UA successfully launched our real estate pathways program, training and supporting young talent for careers in the real estate industry. We’re also restarting key partnerships in healthcare and hospitality – two sectors that were severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Starting this year, UA provided digital literacy training to all 500 high school internship participants, ensuring our students have the critical skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy.  

Looking ahead, I’m even more excited about Urban Alliance than ever. We’re building out pathways to careers in IT, real estate, health care and beyond for all recent high school graduates, not just for those who are immediately enrolling in college. We’re continuing to examine our language, branding, and programmatic components to ensure that race equity remains central to all we do. And we’re thinking more about the critical role that UA plays in ensuring that our alumni are connected to continued education and careers in the years after they graduate from high school.  

Urban Alliance’s continued impact is thanks to contributions from all of you – our incredibly hard-working team of employees across the country, our Board of Directors who contribute invaluable insight and connections, our funders, and our volunteers. I look forward to partnering with all of you as we enter the next stage of UA’s evolution in its 25th year of supporting young people to build a better future for themselves and their communities.