News & Awards


A Beacon of Light:  Come Celebrate With Us

Stay tuned for our 20th Anniversary and Celebration of Mothers coming in May.  Thank You to Vida Vazquez for creating our image commemorating 2 decades of front-line work in the community.


#jobforsinglemom Great News

Thanks to our customers and supporters, we successfully raised $11,410 for the wages to hire a new single mother (with matching funds from Alameda County AC Hire funds). We have hired Ruvina McClure, our 26th single mom.

Short clip for our successful #jobforsinglemom Gofundme 2017 campaign.




urban university receiving commendation from Keith Carson, District 5 Board of Supervisors Alameda County


urban university Enterprise 5 year celebration


urban university Indiegogo Campaign 2014

Program Featured on The President’s White House Website

One of urban university’s highlighted training collaborations includes the PowerPathway Program for Veterans, a workforce development initiative developed by Growth Sector.   urban university was the candidate selection and wrap-around services partner for this  initiative, that trained a total of 100 veterans with the skills they needed to succeed as utility workers for Pacific Gas & Electric. PowerPathways graduate, Erick, was featured on The White House’s website to promote urban and economic mobility. Learn more about Erick’s story here.

2013 Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Award

Since 2009, uu has provided internships to more than 40 youth from East and West Oakland neighborhoods, in collaboration with the Oakland Youth Employment Program.  In April 2013, in recognition of uu’s social impact, uu was awarded the “Non-Profit-of the Year Award,” by the Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Network. uu is also the recipient of a Recognition Certificate by District 16 Assemblymember Joan Buchanan and the Inner City Advisors.




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