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Our Year in Review

A city without poverty is possible. Together, we're making it a reality.

 


CHEERS TO 2017 🎉

This year, Urban Ventures' 59 employees partnered with 803 neighborhood families and 993 volunteers, investing over half a million hours in building a stronger community.

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Last year, I was pretty far behind at school. Almost every day, I’d go to Urban Ventures and get some help getting my homework done. After I finished, I could go record in the studio. This year, I’m doing way better.*
 

Our Work: Educating Kids

463 kids come to Urban Ventures weekly for individualized support


100% have access to a caring adult and academic help

 
 
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TUTORING  •  MENTORING  •  SPORTS  •  MUSIC

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“Urban Ventures taught us how to budget and get ourselves out of debt. We recently opened a savings account in our child’s name. It sets the tone that we expect her to do great things.”
 

Our Work: strengthening families

143 households attended programs together every week*


94% maintained or increased their family’s overall stability**

 
 
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RELATIONSHIPS  •  STABILITY  •  FINANCES  •  NUTRITION

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“Growing up, ‘making it’ meant leaving my neighborhood. Urban Ventures helped change my perspective. Now, I’m using my college education to work and serve in this community.”
 

Our Work: BUILDING COMMUNITY

20,000 hours of community outreach activities*


91% of elementary students feel safe going to and from school**

 
 
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WELLNESS  •  EVENTS  •  OUTREACH  •  PARTNERSHIPS

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Milestones & HIGHLIGHTS:

There's been a lot to celebrate this year.

 
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OUR SUPPORTERS: DONORS

Our donors are remarkable and we’re humbled by their generous support. This year, 837 individuals and 221 corporations raised over $4 million to help end poverty in South Minneapolis.

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our supporters: donors

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OUR SUPPORTERS: VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are a vital part of our community. This year, 993 individuals volunteered a total of 9,670 hours.

Whether tutoring, farming, or coaching, their service makes our neighborhood a better place.

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Jim Hagen

After retiring, Jim had two goals—help others and learn Spanish. As a volunteer tutor in our after-school program, he’s doing both. Week after week, he connects with Latino students in the program, practicing his Spanish while providing a caring presence and academic guidance.

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ELIZABETH carrera

Elizabeth credits the Center for Families with changing her life. Wanting to pay it forward, she started volunteering nights and weekends to serve on Urban Ventures’ community outreach team, going door-to-door in our neighborhood to spread the word about Urban Ventures programs.

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Northmade Co.

Northmade Co. generously volunteered to design and manufacture a limited-edition, co-branded “MPLS Love” T-shirt. The design is our best-selling shirt ever and has raised thousands for Urban Ventures programs. Get yours: store.urbanventures.org

what's next?

Our new five-year strategic plan unites everything we do around a single common objective—to prepare and send every child in our 25-block core area to college. 

We're launching some exciting new things to help make it happen. Here's a sneak-peak at what's coming soon...

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Urban Ventures College and Career Center

The Urban Ventures College and Career Center will build on the success of existing scholarship offerings to assist young adults in the transition from high school to post-secondary education. Whether applying for college scholarships or a vocational training program, we’ll walk alongside youth every step of the way.

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Urban Ventures Early Learning Center

Serving children from birth to age five, the Urban Ventures Early Learning Center will provide a safe space for children alongside training for home caregivers, working toward the goal of kindergarten readiness for all. 

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Urban Ventures Academy

As a K-8 charter school, Urban Ventures Academy will enroll up to 250 children, predominately those living in or around our 25-block core area.

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financial stewardship: FY 2017


$5.3 M total revenue   |   20% from sustainable sources*
Visit urban ventures.org/financials for full documentation


76%
Programs


16%
Administration


8%
Fundraising

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You can't buy transformation, but you can give it.

Over half the kids in our neighborhood still live in poverty. We know how to break the cycle. With your help, we will.