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25 YEARS: FROM CRADLE TO Career

 
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One Big Goal:

To break the cycle of poverty by sending every child in our neighborhood to college.

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three things:

Mind, body, and heart. Holistic growth sets Urban Ventures apart.

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five stages:

A cradle-to-career pipeline of support for kids and their families.

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ten metrics:

We measure our progress and make adjustments to ensure success.

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Milestones & HIGHLIGHTS:

A brief history: 25 years strong

 
 
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celebrating remarkable outcomes

143

students enrolled in our summer program. 90% of post tests showed students successfully fought off the "summer slide" by maintaining or improving assessment scores in literacy and math.

85%

of seniors in Urban Ventures Young Life, our high school mentoring program, graduated on time (compared to less than 57% for students of similar backgrounds).

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Act Six Scholars are attending or have graduated from six partner schools on full-tuition, full-need leadership scholarships worth more than $25 million over four years.

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meet

Our Heroes

 
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Meet Kia

At only 15, Kia is thoughtful, driven, and wise beyond her years. “I really like to help people, so I want to do something that gives back and that not many people of color are doing. I want to set an example. You know, ‘If I can do this, you can too.’”

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Meet Angel, Alva, and Concepcion

Angel, Alva, and Concepcion are moms-to-be. For 12 weeks this spring, they learned more about pregnancy and newborn care at Urban Ventures’ Center for Families. Along the way, they became a support system for each other in this exciting, yet uncertain, time of life, and once their babies are born, they have a community to lean on.

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Meet our neighborhood

Green Central is one of two schools directly inside Urban Ventures’ 25-block core focus area. The school is one of more than 80 academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit partners with which Urban Ventures has a referring relationship.

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2018 Outputs + Outcomes

Our Work

 

a Look Inside: youth programs

1,055

youth served in 2018.

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basketball and soccer teams used sports to build character.

1,267

music lessons and recording studio sessions.

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Act Six scholarship recipients elected student body presidents.

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I wouldn’t have made it to college without Urban Ventures. Without ongoing support from Urban Ventures, I wouldn’t be making it through college, either.

My Urban Ventures family is my home away from home. I’m going to graduate and use my degree to help others. I know there’s no injustice we can’t solve together.
— JULIANN COLE
 

a Look Inside: Family programs

234

households attended weekly programming as a family.

100%

report UV helped change their family’s trajectory.

100%

report they improved their parenting skills.

90%

report spending more time reading to their kids.

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Urban Ventures has helped me reflect on my role as a parent and provided me with tools to make necessary changes for our family’s well-being.
— CENTER FOR FAMILIES PARENT
 

a Look Inside: Community-building Initiatives

12,688

pounds of produce grown and distributed by 15 neighborhood youth through our urban farm.

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households learned more about UV through our Family Fest and other outreach events.

1,118

households in our 25-block core area. All received information about UV and an invitation to join us.

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nonprofit and community organizations with a cross-referral partnership.

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Today was my family’s first time visiting Urban Ventures’ farm. Oh my! What great produce, and thank you for giving a tour to my kids. We went home feeling blessed after spending five dollars for enough vegetables to last at least four or five meals!
— NEIGHBORHOOD CUSTOMER, VIA FACEBOOK
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2018

Our Supporters

 

Thank you for partnering with us

745

households, corporations, foundations, and churches donated in 2018.

494

volunteers served a record-setting 15,784 hours.

168

Urban Ventures Coffee Company partners.

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October 25
Urban Ventures 25th Anniversary

 
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$1,215,000 raised.
1,215 lives changed.

 

On October 25, 900 friends, neighbors, and colleagues gathered with the goal of raising $1 million. You blew past our goal and unlocked an incredible 465 new openings in Urban Ventures' cradle-to-career pipeline. Additionally, this fully funds the 750 children already engaged in Urban Ventures programs.  

 
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2018

Our Financials

 

Fiscal year 2018

$0

in mortgage-related debt.

300+

new donors added.

$4.41 M

in total revenue.

For additional financial information, visit urbanventures.org/financials.

 
 
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Thank you for an incredible 25 years!

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