“I’ve changed. I’m not the same person. I’m more confident. I now know what steps I need to take to have a better life and career.”

- Danita, a 21 year old mother with a three year old daughter

urban university is a nonprofit working to improve the socioeconomic status of impoverished individuals by providing employability training, coaching and employment opportunities. Over the past sixteen years, we've successfully delivered workforce development training and coaching services to prepare more than 1,600 low-income individuals for successful entry into the workforce.

Today, we're placing the issues of California's struggling single moms on America's radar screen. We focus on expanding opportunities for low-income single moms. We operate two re-sale stores that provide education and on-the-job training to single moms. Our programs help single moms develop the skills and confidence they need to build a greater future for themselves and their families.

News and Happenings

Beacon of Light

April 3, 2018 Hi Friends, Welcome to Beacon of Light, our new book project created to celebrate our 20 years of impact in the community.  It is my pleasure to share bits of our journey by featuring the real issues and people touched in this book, as we act on our mission to improve the social […]

To Stop the Cycle of Poverty, We Need to Invest In Mothers

The state of Louisiana and our nation must do more to provide economic security, not mere subsistence, to women often bearing the brunt of responsibility for keeping families afloat. Article by Chris Stewart /October 29, 2017 Read full Huffpost Women Article Here

Oakland’s Thrift Stores Are More Than Fashionable

  Spring’s around the corner, and that “out with the old, in the with new” itch is creeping up! Besides providing us with inexpensive-but-still-quality alternatives to mainstream consumerism, thrift stores often work to progress their community through social advocacy and funding public services. Oakland’s got a solid handful of thrift stores that double as community […]