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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 departing from public assistance.

WHEN: WHERE: urban furniture & boutique – 3241 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE.

Join us for eating, dancing, imbibing and bidding!Single Moms at Work 2nd Fundriaser

Dance the night away with a grown and beautiful crowd of your local neighbors and urban univeristy community supporters. We will honor four inspiring souls who are an important part of urban university. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a bar with beer and wine for sale (drinks tickets available the night of). Live and silent auction.

Tickets will be available with no processing fee at our store 11am-6pm daily, 3241 Grand Ave, Oakland.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE.

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.
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Help urban university buy a new delivery truck.

We are currently in a private fundraising period, during which we have 15 days to get 18 lenders to each give $25 in order to make it on the public platform where anyone on Kiva Zip can lend to urban university. The funds from this loan will go towards a new delivery truck that will increase our sales and help us employ more mothers transitioning from public assistance.

As little as $25 can help progress us to the public fundraising period. If you would like to support urban univeristy, please follow this link to the profile page. This is the only way your loan will be tracked as coming through me. Thanks for your support, I am very grateful!
-Tracey Weaver
Founder and E.D of urban university
Update: Thanks to our followers we raised over $500! This put on us on the Kiva Zip public platform. However we were unable to reach the $5,000 goal within Kiva’s time frame to receive this loan. Thank you to all of our donors. You can make a $25 end of the year directly to urban furniture today!

Volunteer for free night of music and fun

Volunteer at urban university Summer White Party!

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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 spinning old school R&B and the wonderful live sounds of Prieto and his Mirage Band, a unique Latin variety group playing reggae, salsa, rock and jazz.

This is a fundraiser for urban university. Meet new neighbors and community members looking to make Oakland a better place to live, work and play. 18+ only.

Saturday, August 29
7pm-12am (volunteers arrive 6pm)
@ Lakeside Park Garden Center, Oakland
Learn more about volunteering here.

Tickets $25, $30 night of.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a bar lounge with beer and wine for sale. All white attire please! Parking available for $5. A walk from BART and 12 AC Transit bus.  Bike parking available in park.

urban university (uu) is an award-winning 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the socioeconomic status of impoverished individuals. Since 2009, uu has been operating two social enterprises, Urban Furniture and Urban Boutique, in Oakland’s Lakeshore Business District.

Get your tickets today $25 or $30 night of

You’re invited!
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Next Saturday, let’s dance the night away in support of our Single Moms at Work Program. Join us for a fabulous summer evening  filled with music, featuring DJ Will Kelly spinning old school R&B and the wonderful live sounds of Prieto and his Mirage Band, a unique Latin variety group playing reggae, salsa, rock and jazz.

Saturday, August 29
7pm-12am
@ Lakeside Park Garden Center, Oakland
Tickets only $25, $30 night of
Want to volunteer? Sign up to volunteer here.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a bar lounge with beer and wine for sale. All white attire please! Parking available for $5.

urban university (uu) is an award-winning 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the socioeconomic status of impoverished individuals. Since 2009, uu has been operating two social enterprises, Urban Furniture and Urban Boutique, in Oakland’s Lakeshore Business District.

Coalition explores how to train workers for 21st century jobs

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Bay Area Video Coalition trains about 6,000 San Franciscans a year in programming, multimedia and film, as well as providing career counseling. But it wants to make sure it’s effectively helping job hunters and providing training tailored to what employers need.

So it has joined with two local workforce investment boards plus CBS Interactive to explore these issues with similar public-private alliances from other areas of the country. As part of the Communities that Work Partnership, backed by the U.S. Commerce Dept. and the Aspen Institute, the new regional group aims to accelerate training workers for 21st century jobs.

 

-Article by Carolyn Said, July 20, 2015

Read the full SF Gate article here

You’re Invited: Urban University’s White Party August 29th

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We can’t wait to dance the night away with you.

Help urban university become a “beacon of light” for single mothers, by enjoying a fabulous summer evening on August 29th at the beautiful Lakeside Park Garden Center in Oakland. Join us to celebrate, support and raise funds for Single Moms at Work, urban university’s award winning transitional employment, coaching and housing program for single mothers departing from public assistance.

Dance the night away with a grown and beautiful crowdof two rooms filled with music, featuring DJ Will Kelly spinning old school R&B and the wonderful live sounds of Prieto and his Mirage Band, a unique Latin variety group playing reggae, salsa, rock and jazz. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a bar lounge with beer and wine for sale. All white attire required. Parking available for $5.00.

Thanks to our event outreach partners KBLX-FM and Q102.1.

Spread the word using #UrbanUnivWhiteParty.

Oakland’s Thrift Stores Are More Than Fashionable

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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 organizations. If you’re like me — too broke to consistently support locally made goods and too cynical to buy into corporate mass production — thrift stores hit that sweet spot where social consciousness meets affordability.

 

-Article by Simone Larson & Photography by Anna Vignet, March 10, 2015

 

Read the full Oakland Local article here

body-positive styling with a humanitarian twist

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As a lady who has always proudly worn her heart on her proverbial sleeve, I am even more thrilled to now wear my voice boldly upon my entire ensemble! Being surrounded by the vibrant scene of Oakland, I am inspired constantly to assert and express myself through the fashion choices that I make, which have evolved over the years. What started with dressing for others and wearing what I thought I should, is both ending and continuing on with wearing whatever…I want/like/feel good dressed in (which to me is the ultimate body positive statement).

-Rachel Otis, January 21, 2015

 

Read about Urban Boutique in the full Wear Your Voice Article here

A Framework for State-Level Promise Zones

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Earlier this year, President Barack Obama announced the launch of the Promise Zones initiative, an effort to strengthen the federal government’s relationship with local leaders and to increase access to the resources and expertise necessary to improve mobility and economic opportunity for high-poverty communities. The Promise Zones model supports innovative localities as they implement comprehensive, evidence-based strategies to revitalize high-poverty communities. But there is no need for the model to be restricted to the federal level, particularly since many states are pursuing strategies to address these same goals. Rather than waiting for a federal Promise Zones designation, state leaders can take the initiative to adopt this model to increase opportunity for their residents who live in high-poverty areas. Action of this type would be an unprecedented step by state officials to join local and federal leaders to drive cross-sector, evidence-based solutions to fight poverty.

 

-Tracey Ross & Melissa Boteach, December 11, 2014

 

Read the full Center for American Progress Article Here