Success Stories

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

 

Chicago

Makiah Watson, Chicago 2018

Makiah Watson always loved school, from pencils and pens to textbooks and even homework. She dreamed of becoming a teacher. but felt
unprepared for a…

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Baltimore

Roselany Montero, Baltimore 2018

Roselany Montero has big dreams — and thanks to Urban Alliance, she feels like her dreams are within reach. “They prepared us to do anything,”…

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Northern Virginia

Debby Jaldin, Northern Virginia 2018

When Debby Jaldin and her mother used to pass by Virginia Tech’s campus, they would joke about how she wanted to go there one day. That day came…

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Northern Virginia

Valeria Belmonte - Northern Virginia 2018

In high school, Valeria Belmonte was mostly focused on working. She had a job at Chipotle, and didn’t really see herself going on to college. So…

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Northern Virginia

Rene Santos, Northern Virginia 2018

Rene Santos was confused. He was all over the place. He didn’t know what his future would hold. Then he found Urban Alliance.

“Before that I…

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Washington, DC

Dejuan Johnson, Montgomery County 2018

Before finding Urban Alliance, Dejuan Johnson, an ambitious and driven young man, encountered mostly closed doors. “Before this program, I was…

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Washington, DC

Khadijah Gikeneh, DC 2018

Khadijah Gikeneh grew up east of the Anacostia River, a traditionally underserved part of Washington, DC, and experienced a traumatic childhood marked…

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Northern Virginia

Eva Mercado, Northern Virginia 2018

Before joining Urban Alliance, Eva Mercado worked alongside her entire family at night in a newspaper warehouse that “lacked ventilation, was…

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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, Northern Virginia 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, Northern Virginia 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, Northern Virginia 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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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.”

 

Washington, DC

Assima Egbame, DC 2014

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 had a…

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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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