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Urban Alliance

  • Urban Alliance
  • 29 South LaSalle
    Suite 610
  • Chicago, IL 60603
  • 2012

Program Description

Urban Alliance is the only year long employment program for under-resourced high school seniors in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Chicago, IL. Our goal is to give youth access to professional growth and experiences. The program prepares students for a life of work and self-sufficiency through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship. Urban Alliance Interns are selected after a rigorous application process. During the school year, each Urban Alliance Intern works part time with a job partner in the public or private sector. On Fridays, they attend life skills and job readiness workshops. During the summer following their senior year, Urban Alliance Interns work full time Monday through Thursday. They attend professional development workshops on Fridays. After finishing the program, Alumni have access to Urban Alliance Alumni Services. Urban Alliance Interns are paid for their work and can earn over $6,000 over the course of their senior year.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 38%
  • African American: 60%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 156
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Undocumented Students (3)

First-Generation

  • Less than 25%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Aurora University (1)
  • Chicago State University (1)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College (8)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College (3)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College (4)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College (4)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College (3)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College (1)
  • Columbia College Chicago (3)
  • DePaul University (1)
  • Eastern Illinois University (1)
  • Illinois State University (2)
  • Indiana State University (1)
  • Jackson State University (1)
  • Joliet Junior College (2)
  • Langston University (1)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (1)
  • Northeastern Illinois University (2)
  • Northern Illinois University (4)
  • Parkland College (2)
  • Philander Smith College (1)
  • Saint Augustine College (1)
  • Saint Xavier University (4)
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (2)
  • Talladega College (1)
  • Trinity College (1)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 81%