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MISSION & HISTORY

Welcome to the neighborhood.

 
 
 

Urban poverty is complex. And it's close to home.

Generations of families living in the urban core lack access to economic, educational, spiritual, and social capital.
Systemic cycles of generational poverty breed hopelessness.

 
 
 

Urban Ventures exists to close the gaps that perpetuate urban poverty.

In the blocks surrounding our south Minneapolis campus:

 

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Employment Gap

Median household income is $16,461. Unemployment is more than four times the Minnesota average. 

 

Achievement Gap

Nearly 70% of students of color drop out of high school. Just 16% of those who graduate get a college degree.

 

Parenting Gap

62% of households are headed by single mothers. 42% of those mothers lack a high school diploma.

 

Health & Nutrition Gap

98% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. The USDA designated our area as a food desert.

 
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1 in 5

 

86,000 Minneapolis residents live below the poverty line.  Each year, one in five of those families is served by an Urban Ventures program, social enterprise, or on-campus partner.

 
 
 
 
 

EMPLOYMENT  |  EDUCATION  |  FAMILIES  |  FOOD

Urban Ventures operates a holistic system of programs and social enterprises that equip individuals and families with the resources and opportunities they need to take responsibility for our community's future.

 
 
 

WATCH: STRATEGIES AND OUTCOMES


Mission

Empowering individuals and strengthening families to transform urban communities.


Vision

A city without urban poverty.


Values

Faith, integrity, empowerment, transformation, diversity, sustainability.

 

EXPLORE. ENGAGE. TRANSFORM.