About our Campus

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Twenty-four years ago, Urban Ventures planted roots into a stretch of Lake Street known as “Crack Alley.” Nowhere in the city was there a heavier concentration of drug addiction, gang activity, and prostitution. Nowhere else were more kids dropping out of high school and more single moms left to lead families without fathers. 

There was a lot to do and we knew it wouldn’t be easy. We got together with our neighbors and got to work. 

Almost a quarter century later, we‘re witnesses to the transformative power of community. Today, “Crack Alley” is gone. The Colin Powell Leadership Center anchors a 10-building campus that provides thousands of families with the tools they need to take control of their futures. Urban Ventures’ holistic approach is celebrated as a national model for breaking the cycle of poverty.