In 1996, Andrew Plepler, then an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department, asked students at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. 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 over 20 years, Urban Alliance has partnered with businesses throughout the District to connect more than 2,500 high school students to paid, professional internships, and provided career-readiness training to an additional 14,800 students through community workshops. Currently, the DC program works with over 50 businesses to serve more than 150 students from 20 high schools throughout the city.
To learn more about our DC program, please contact a member of our team.