In 1996, Andrew Plepler, then an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department, asked students at Anacostia High School in Southeast Washington, DC what they really needed to be successful. One young woman answered very honestly, “I need a job.” Plepler found that student an internship, and enlisted five of his friends to do the same for other students. That experience led to the creation of Urban Alliance.
For 25 years, Urban Alliance has partnered with businesses throughout the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, MD, Prince George’s County, MD, and Northern Virginia to connect more than 3,700 high school students to paid, professional internships, and provided career-readiness training to an additional nearly 18,000 students through community workshops. Currently, the DC region program works with over 130 businesses to serve more than 200 students from over 35 high schools throughout the region.
To learn more about our Greater DC region program, please contact a member of our team.