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Urban Ventures names John Turnipseed Executive Vice President

Art Erickson, Founder of Urban Ventures, Recognized as Hometown Hero by the Minnesota Vikings and U.S. Bank
Watch the video or read the media advisory to learn more about our hometown hero!

Urban Ventures announces David Hawn as President and CEO, effective September 1.

In the News

John Tunipseed Interviewed by Christian TV Show Host, Sid Roth
Sid Roth-It's Supernatural |    October 14, 2016

John Tunipseed's "Life Blood" creation communed at Stillwater
Stillwater Mirror    |    October 13, 2016

Art Erickson Honored by Minnesota Vikings and U.S. Bank as Hometown Hero
Minnesota Vikings    |    October 3, 2016

Urban Ventures adds CityKid Cafe to list of programs
The Wake    |    October 3, 2016

VP, John Turnipseed Interviewed by Radio Host Frank Sontag
99.5 KKLA Radio    |    September 21, 2016

ECMC Group CEO Dave Hawn heading to Urban Ventures
Star Tribune    |    August 11, 2016

Urban Ventures' participant profiled ahead of INSPIRE Women's Luncheon
KSTP TV   |   July 18, 2016

Urban Ventures hosts community service day for the American Federation of Teachers Convention
Workday Minnesota   |   July 11, 2016

Minnesota Twins participate in Siempre Padres' graduation ceremony
Twins Diversity Newsletter  |  June 2016

Athletes, coaches, mentors learn about personal finance before they play ball
Star Tribune  |  June 25, 2016

U.S. Bank, Vikings Announce Urban Ventures as Places to Play Grant Recipient
U.S Bank, MN Vikings  |  June 7, 2016

VP John Turnipseed discusses N. MPLS violence and the reasons to stay rooted
KSTP TV  |  May 27, 2016

Dare to Dream fundraiser wins award for best integrated campaign
Creativity International, Graphic Design & Advertising Awards  |  May 19, 2016

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges recognizes UV employees
State of the City Address  |  May 17, 2016

Urban Ventures' Act Six scholars are enriching the U of Northwestern- St. Paul
U of Northwestern- St. Paul, Pilot magazine  |  May 12, 2016

Urban Ventures recognized as prominent leader in immigration services and reform at G92 Immigration Conference   Bethel University  |  May 12, 2016

Prince: NYC Rockwood Music Hall to Host Prince tribute benefitting UV
Broadway World  |  May 11, 2016

VP John Turnipseed interviewed by Christian TV talk show host Sid Roth
Sid Roth- It's Supernatural  |  May 9, 2016

VP John Turnipseed to speak at the Twin Cities Second Chances 5K
Prison Fellowship | April 27, 2016

Prince: Charitable Donation to Urban Ventures' Studio
CBS MN | April 26, 2016

Prince: UV Founder Art Erickson shares insight into star's childhood
Star Tribune | April 25, 2016

VP John Turnipseed speaks at Kids Count Vigil
Hampton News | April 25, 2016

Prince: Roots in Urban Ventures
KSTP TV | April 22, 2016

Prince: UV Founder Art Erickson provides insight into the star's childhood  
KSTP TV | April 21, 2016

Prince: "The Quiet One." Recalling the Artist as a Young Man
Star Tribune | November 17, 2007

Act Six Awarded Minnesota Compact "Presidents' Community Partner"
Minnesota Compact | April 12, 2016

Urban Ventures is empowering women through beekeeping
Fox News Latino | March 16, 2016

Urban Ventures Announces Recipients of 31 Full-Tuition, Full Need Scholarships Through Program Act Six  Urban Ventures | March 11, 2016

Urban Ventures' Partnership with Metro Transit's Van Pool Program
KSTP | March 10, 2016

VP John Turnipseed recognized for addressing race and disparity
Star Tribune | February 12, 2016

Former Urban Ventures Basketball Player and Siblings Work for Timberwolves
Fox Sports North | January 21, 2016


Partnering to bring hockey to youth in the Phillips Neighborhood
Fox 9 | December 30, 2015

Transformed by the truth: an interview with Urban Ventures' VP John Turnipseed
Faith Radio | December 8, 2015

John Turnipseed interviewed by Crash+Sues creative agency
Crash+Sues  |  November 24, 2015

North Central University Contracts Urban Ventures' Act Six to Increase Diversity
The Northerner | November 18, 2015

Urban Ventures moderates Q & A with Daymond John and community members
Insight News | November 10, 2015

Urban Ventures encouraging MN youth to 'Dare to Dream'
KSTP | October 26, 2015

Tim Clark speaking on Urban Perspectives
WCCO Urban Perspectives | October 16, 2015

John Turnipseed speaking at 'The Lodge' event
Berean Baptist Church | September 25, 2015

CityKid Farm included in Phillips Community "backyard initiative" list
The Alley Newspaper | September 22, 2015

CityKid Food featured on Minnesota Bound
Minnesota Bound | September 18, 2015

Art Erickson speaking at 'Empowered to Lead' event
Grace Church | September 12, 2015

Urban Ventures receives Emerging Leader Development award
Chick-fil-A Foundation | September, 2015

CityKid Mobile Market now stops at Brecketwood
Longfellow Nokomis Messenger | August 26, 2015

National Basketball Retired Players clinic at Urban Ventures
National Basketball Retired Players Association | August 13,2015

Urban Ventures recognized by Leadership Foundations, a global organization, for their use of food to care for the community
Leadership Foundations | August 12, 2015

Former NBA Players serve as positive role models at Urban Stars basketball clinic
CBS Minnesota | August 8, 2015

Larry Fitzgerald, NFL wide receiver, and Tracy Williams-Dillard, MSR CEO, meet UV Learning Lab students
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder | August 4, 2015

CityKid Mobile Markets break the cycle of poor nutrition
El Minnesota de Hoy | August 4, 2015 

Urban Ventures' beekeeping initiative is empowering women
Star Tribune | July 23, 2015

Mobile markets draw attention in Minneapolis for their positive impact
Star Tribune | July 16, 2015

City Kid Food's garden on the greenway receives local attention
Southwest Journal | July 14, 2015

Birdie pledges at 3M golf championship donate to Urban Ventures
July 2015

The Associated General Contractors of Minnesota helped Urban Ventures build a new greenhouse
AGCMN | June 15, 2015

Minneapolis food blogger profiled CityKid Java regarding "coffee, youth development, and what it's like to be a social enterprise organization"
UMAMI | June 11, 2015

Annual Eat for Equity event benefits Urban Ventures
Star Tribune | April 20, 2015

An Eden Prairie student was recognized for being named an Act Six Scholar
SW News Media | March 13, 2015

Bethel was proud to announce their 11 Act Six scholars
Bethel University | March 9, 2015

Interview with John Turnipseed
Twin Cities News Talk | January 26, 2015

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Interview with Peggy Fink of Urban Ventures
Star Tribune | December 23, 2012

CityKid Java included in Heavy Table's local gift guide
Heavy Table | November 27, 2012

CityKid Java helps youth find employment opportunities
CBS Minnesota | November 5, 2012

Festival of Fathers celebrates dads
Kare 11 | August 10, 2012


2010 - 2002

CityKid Java gives Minneapolis youth jobs
MinnPost | April 29, 2009

Best Buy reception benefits Urban Ventures youth employment programs
MinnPost | September 8, 2008

Minneapolis teen sells CityKid Java to help youth like himself have a merry Christmas
Star Tribune | December 10, 2007

Colin Powell visits construction site for Colin Powell Leadership Center
Star Tribune | October 3, 2006

Colin Powell fundraises for Colin Powell Leadership Center
Kare 11 | June 7, 2005

Will Gove, an Urban Ventures employee, is honored by President Bush
Kare 11 | March 4, 2002