“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

You’re invited! Single Moms at Work 2nd Annual Party & Auction

Help urban university become a “beacon of light” for single mothers, by enjoying a fabulous summer evening on August 13th at our two beautiful storefronts on Grand Ave in Oakland’s Grand Lake district. Join us to celebrate, support and raise $5,000 for Single Moms at Work, urban university’s award winning transitional employment, coaching and housing program for single mothers […]

Help urban university earn a 0% interest loan

I am happy to announce that urban university is crowdfunding a 0% interest loan on Kiva Zip. Kiva is the first and largest micro-lending service in the world that has distributed $709 million over 10 years, in 85 different countries, among 1.5 million small businesses. We are currently in a private fundraising period, during which we have 15 […]

Volunteer for free night of music and fun

Volunteer at urban university Summer White Party! Sign up to volunteer here. Next Saturday, let’s dance the night away in support of our Single Moms at Work Program, a transitional employment, coaching and housing program for single mothers transitioning from public assistance.  Join us for a fabulous summer evening  filled with music, featuring DJ Will Kelly […]