Success Stories

On the path to self-sufficiency and beyond,
our job partners and alumni share their success.

 

Northern Virginia

Blanca Zelaya, Northern Virginia 2018

Blanca Zelaya was eating lunch in her high school cafeteria when she overheard an Urban Alliance (UA) staff member telling her friend about the…

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Chicago

Elisabethe Ocon Calderon, Chicago 2013

In 2012, Elisabethe Calderon made a decision that transformed her senior year of high school and shaped her plans for the future. She attended an…

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Northern Virginia

Glenda Flores, VA 2017

Glenda Flores has always wanted to be a pediatrician, but when she shared that goal with her school counselor, she was told it wasn’t a realistic…

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Northern Virginia

Eddie Amoah, VA 2016

At first, Eddie Amoah wanted to quit his Urban Alliance internship. But his UA program coordinator had seen how much he had already grown during…

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Northern Virginia

Mariyamawit (Mariyam) Shiferaw, VA 2018

2018 Northern Virginia intern Mariyamawit (Mariyam) Shiferaw wants to work in the fashion industry after college.

“She’s focused; she’s…

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Washington, DC

Idalia Zavala-Mejia, DC 2018

Idalia Zavala-Mejia’s plans for the future radically changed after joining Urban Alliance. She never saw herself attending college, but now wants to…

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Baltimore

Lauryn Hill, Baltimore 2017

Lauryn came to Urban Alliance with no desire to attend college. But while working with her mentor at the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare…

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Chicago

Stephon Walker, Chicago 2017

A DeVry University Success Story - "People are always here to help me."

Like many young people, Stephon Walker approached his senior year of high school with a mix of excitement and uncertainty. For him, graduation would…

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Northern Virginia

Virginia Hospital Center

Interview with Robin Norman, SVP and CFO, about Virginia Hospital Center’s partnership with Urban Alliance.

“The Urban Alliance interns were well prepared and quick learners. The training they received allowed them to perform quality work with very little intervention. Before we knew it, they were able to take on more tasks and work more independently, which is not always the case with High School interns.”

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Chicago

DigitasLBi

When DigitasLBi decided to partner with Urban Alliance in 2012, it wanted to drive the company’s passion for supporting the growth and community in which their Chicago office was located in.

However, it quickly realized that partnering with Urban Alliance also fostered an internal culture of inclusion, and helped DigitasLBi hire a diverse workforce that brought in new, fresh perspectives allowing them to better serve their clients.

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Northern Virginia

Bloomberg BNA

Interview with Demedre Heulett, Corporate Counsel/ Equal Employment Opportunity Manager, about Bloomberg BNA's partnership with Urban Alliance

“Partnering with Urban Alliance is a great opportunity to mentor and guide students as they think about their future while providing Bloomberg BNA the ability to be active in the local community.”

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Baltimore

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.”

 

Northern Virginia

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.”

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Washington, DC

Artemis Real Estate Partners

Interview with Deborah Harmon, Co-Founder and CEO of Artemis Real Estate Partners, LLC

“Change starts one person at a time. It is our responsibility as business leaders to be an asset in the communities where we live and work. We partner with organizations like Urban Alliance to provide exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to talented students traditionally under-represented in the real estate industry.”

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Washington, DC

Youth Spotlight: Assima Egbame

Assima Egbame participated in the Urban Alliance High School Internship Program as a senior at Coolidge Senior High School.  From the very beginning…

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Washington, DC

Alumni Spotlight: Raul Alvarenga

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Raul Alvarenga’09

Urban Alliance is honored to provide young people with the skills necessary to be successful both…

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Washington, DC

Alumni Spotlight: Mbachur Mbenga

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Mbachur Mbenga ’11

The Alumni Services department is fortunate to serve wonderful Alumni with various backgrounds and career…

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Washington, DC

Alumni Spotlight: Theodore Stewart

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Theodore Stewart ’11

Can you believe that there are over 1200 DC Alumni, and over 100 Baltimore Alumni? The numbers…

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Washington, DC

Alumni Spotlight: Theodore Stewart '11

Theodore Stewart ’11 is one of many Baltimore Urban Alliance Alumni who balances a full-time course load and a work-study job on campus.

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Washington, DC

Alumni Spotlight: Lori-Ann McKenzie-Henry

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Lori-Ann McKenzie-Henry ’07

Margaret Murray Washington Career Senior High School and UA alumna Lori-Ann McKenzie-Henry ‘07…

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Washington, DC

Alumni Spotlight: Jasmine Gray

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: DC ALUMNA JASMINE GRAY ‘09

Many Interns initially complain about menial tasks like filing or database entry tasks, but DC UA…

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Washington, DC

Alumni Spotlight: Reggie Tarver II

Elizabeth City State University, UA Class of ‘09

Interned at Corporate Executive Board

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