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Urban Youth Enrichment & Leadership Initiative

With an Outstanding Committment to Placing Youth on the Path to Success

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The Urban Youth Initiative provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Who We Are

Urban Youth Initiative was established in 2014 - providing exceptional enrichment and leadership development opportunities to youth in the greater New York City area. We offer youth the opportunity to create and mold their own unique experiences through our wide range of educational services. We see the true power that our youth hold, and we have made it our mission to transform them into natural born leaders, ready to take on the world. 

The Urban Youth Initiative's formation mission as a registered 501(c)(3) organization, was centered on a commitment to the educational enrichment and empowerment of elementary and secondary school-aged youth by way of our substantive instructional support to families and schools. Our scope has since expanded to include young persons, adults and children alike, residing in communities designated by the New York State Education Department as Title I and/or Title III school districts. This distinction is important due to the fact that an encroaching goal for the UYI has been to tie together our related pedagogic services with the robust social emotional offerings we have been cultivating for the past few years, and provide them to our Partner-Schools as well as to the community.  

The UYI believes in using holistic measures to reach the communities outlined in our Vision of Purpose. These measures include our in-school extra-curricular activities and interscholastic competitive sporting initiative via our Erudite Olympiad program and Eruditus Academia, which is our targeted academic supports initiative, specifically in the area of special education services. Our UYI of the Bronx program continues to provide outreach support to young adults via a variety of instructional and social services, not limited to our adult education initiative.

As much as we are able and willing to do as an organization, our work cannot be truly realized without the generous donations and gifts from other foundations, organizations, and members of the public. The Urban Youth Initiative is grateful to those who are able to support. If you would like to explore ways to help, please click on the link below.

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Positively Impacting the Lives of Youth Since 2014

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Guidestar Gold

Guidestar Transparent

Making a Difference One Child at a Time;
One Family at a Time

The Urban Youth Initiative has earned a gold seal from Guidestar. All of our programs meet Guidestar's high standard of organizational transparency, which includes insight to all of our services


Look At What We're Doing

Headquartered inside the Banknote Building, nestled within the heart of the South Bronx, the Urban Youth Leadership  and Enrichment Initiative [UYI] has committed itself to being fully engrossed with, and apart of, the community it strives to support. For many years, we have been making a difference in the lives of youth in the greater New York City area, and we take pride in everything we do. In addition to our robust youth intiatives, the UYI is expanding its reach to prepare young adults to pass their TASC examinations and earn their HSE through our Pre-HSE, HSE, and ESL/ENL programs. Read all about our latest updates and upcoming events, and get involved today!

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A Celebration of Our Youth

June 25, 2022

The Urban Youth Initiative and the Bronx Colts Youth Foundation has teamed up to revamp Bronx-centric sports programing via our Bronx Youth Alliance partnership.
The partnership is making it a priority to inspire teens and kids and teach them the importance of choosing peace over violence, especially after the increase of gun violence that’s been seen citywide. The partnership was also formed as many youths are getting their hands on guns or falling victim to gun violence in their own neighborhood.
restrictions. NFL FLAG program has been one of the vehicles used to advance this initiative.


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