Over its 16-year history, the Urban Alliance has placed some 11,000 low-income D.C., Chicago and Baltimore youth in paid internships and curriculum training programs, preparing them for a life of productive learning and earning.
This fall, the nonprofit will expand to Northern Virginia, where poverty is prevalent but cloaked in the region’s wealth. But first, it will need corporate partners to pitch in.
The Alliance hopes to enlist 15 businesses in both Arlington and Alexandria, 30 total, to take on paid interns from October 2013 through August 2014. Corporate participants must provide each intern with a supervisor and meaningful tasks, while donating $12,500 per student to the Alliance, two-thirds of which goes to the student’s salary and one-third to training, alumni support and program management.