Community Events
& Fundraisers



Poverty Simulation

Poverty means making hard choices. Have you ever had to decide between paying rent and buying groceries or had to tell your kids that they can't play sports because it's too expensive?

Attend a poverty simulation to gain a better understanding Sign up as an individual or a family to gain a deeper understanding, together, of the challenges facing those living in poverty.

Date & Time: Thursday, March 23    |   5 - 6:30 pm
Location: Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center, 2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408


Campus Tour

Get your behind-the-scenes look at Urban Ventures' mission in action by attending one of our campus tours!

See up close how Urban Ventures is building a city without urban poverty. Get immersed in the rich history of our neighborhood and UV's vision for the future.

Dates & Time:
Tuesday, March 14    |   5 - 6:30 pm  
Location: Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center, 2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Act Six Community Celebration

Join family, friends and community members as we celebrate the third group of 25+ Twin Cities' Act Six scholars. Meet the cadre of leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their home communities. 

Registration is free.  RSVP or call 612.545.4608. 
Please respond by Tuesday, March 7

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 14    |   6 - 8 pm
Location: Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center
2924 Fourth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Past Events

Holiday Boutique

Join us this season for our 1st annual pop-up shop for a good cause, with all profits going to Urban Ventures programs!

Order your gift boxes, stock up on coffee and cross gifts off your holiday list, all for a good cause.

Date & Time: Saturday, December 3  | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: The HUB, 3016 4th Avenue South, MInneapolis

Rooted: Fall Event

Twenty-four years ago, Urban Ventures planted roots into one of the worst corners in Minneapolis. Today, we are still on that same corner, and we are winning.  Rooted is your invitation to take action against the violence, racial strife, and dividedness plaguing our city.

Date & Time: Thursday, November 3, 2016    |    6:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center, 2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

INSPIRE: Women's Luncheon

Inspire is a time for professional women to gather and rally behind the amazing moms and daughters that are building a better future—one family at a time—through Urban Ventures.

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 20, 2016   |   11:30 am-1 pm
Location: Urban Ventures' The Hub, 3016 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408


CityKid Greenway Cafe Launch

Celebrate the grand opening of The CityKid Greenway Cafe: a community gathering place that provides cold beverages and fresh produce, plus free summer meals for kids. 

Date & Time: July 9, 2016  |   Stop by between 10 am-2 pm
Location: CityKid Greenway Cafe, located adjacent to the Midtown Greenway big path at 5th Ave. S.


Older Events

Siempre Padres Family Picnic

The Siempre Padres Family Picnic was an opportunity for Latino families to come together to build community, share a meal, and play games.

Held June 29, 2016
Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

Urban Hour Happy Hour

Urban Hour provided a space for young professionals to hang out, enjoy live music and introduce the broader Twin Cities community to Urban Ventures' work in Minneapolis.

Held April 26, 2016
Bauhaus Brew Labs, NE Minneapolis

Act Six Community Celebration

Urban Ventures celebrated the second cadre of 31 Twin Cities’ Act Six scholars with a gathering of family, friends, and community members.

Held March 15, 2016
Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center

iLUNCH: Social Enterprise

The iLUNCH was a conversation about how Urban Ventures' social enterprise platform, CityKid Enterprises, is pioneering new solutions in the fight against hunger and food insecurity.

Held March 3, 2016
Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center

iLUNCH: Jobs & Parenting

The iLUNCH explored the challenges our community faces surrounding employment and parenting, and the solutions Urban Ventures provides as we work to build a city without poverty.

Held December 3, 2015
Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center

3M Championship

Urban Ventures participated in the 2015 3M Championship as a featured nonprofit.

Held July 27-August 2, 2015
TPC Blaine Golf Course, Blaine

Community Day on the Greenway

The Community Day on the Greenway provided an opportunity to tour the CityKid hydroponic greenhouse; participate in crafts and games; and sample simple, delicious, and affordable food.

Held May 21, 2016
CityKid Farm (5th Avenue S. and the Midtown Greenway)

Fall Event: Dare To Dream

The Fall Event brought together nearly 1,000 distinguished guests and speakers to benefit Urban Ventures programs and celebrate stories of success in our community.

Held October 27, 2015
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Urban Golf Classic

The annual Urban Golf Classic is a great time to inaugurate the golf season, hit the course and raise support for UV programs.

Held Monday, May 23, 2016   |   7:30 am & 1:30 pm shotgun
Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington

Fathers' Fair

The Fathers' Fair was an event hosted by our Center for Fathering program and was a children's event filled with fun, food, and prizes.

Held October 10, 2015
Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center

Eat for Equity

Urban Ventures participated as a nonprofit partner in an Eat for Equity monthly meal, hosting and serving a community dinner; 100 percent of net proceeds were donated to UV programs.

Held January 31, 2015
Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center