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In the News


Art Erickson on moving from transaction to transformation
Bold Idea Podcast | December 2017

Feel-Good Holiday Shopping with Gifts from These Minnesota Brands
Minnesota Monthly | November 2017

How Can Urban Farming Help Create Stronger Communities?
Community Dividend | November 7, 2017

Act Six Scholar Uncovers Key to Finding Community in College
Bethel University | October 24, 2017

Hot dogs at the ballpark? Nonprofit team creates, sells salads at sports venues 
Pioneer Press | September 2, 2017

Over 300 leaders converge in Mpls to curb mounting violence among Black males
MSR Online | August 30, 2017

Urban Ventures' Vice President John Turnipseed interview on podcast
Faith Radio | August 28, 2017

Urban Ventures' board member Shannon Foreman interview on podcast
SW Minneapolis Advice Givers Podcast | August 2, 2017

Coffee Sales Change Lives | July 25, 2017

Urban Ventures Athletics Soccer Team Wins U15 Boys Final at USA Cup
Schwan's USA Cup | July 22, 2017

Urban Ventures Named One of Four Non-Profits to Benefit from KSTP's Summer Harvest for Kids Campaign I June 9, 2017

CityKid Farms Vegetables Featured in New Food at Target Field
CBS Minnesota / WCCO I March 30, 2017

CityKid Java Double Dutch Chocolate featured at Chocolate Tasting & Gift Fair
Star Tribune | February 8, 2017

UrbanHero Project Features Urban Ventures | February 1, 2017

Urban Ventures CityKid Java Partners with Cookie Cart
Camden Community News | January 25, 2017

Urban Ventures Recognized as Partner by Cargill Foundation
Cargill Foundation | January 10, 2017

Urban Ventures: Our Story
Bench & Bar of Minnesota | January 9, 2017


Mayor Hodges Announces Re-Election Bid at Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center
City Pages | December 15, 2016

Gifts that Give Back
Stand Together | December 6, 2016

Making Sense of Earned Income Opportunities
Youth Today | December 2, 2016

Chick-fil-A Foundation names Urban Ventures a 2017 True Inspiration Award Winner
Chick-fil-A Foundation | November 9, 2016

The Role of Social Networks Among Low-Income Fathers
Office of Planning,Research & Evaluation | November 7, 2016

Urban Ventures' Act Six Scholars: Overcoming Obstacles and Unbelief
North Central University Newspaper | November 2, 2016

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

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

Urban Ventures names John Turnipseed Executive Vice President
Urban Ventures | October 11, 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

It's Harvest Time at Cornercopia
Park Bugle | September 27, 2016

Art Erickson, Founder of Urban Ventures, Recognized as Hometown Hero by the Minnesota Vikings and U.S. Bank
Urban Ventures | September 27, 2016

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

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

Act Six Scholars Prepare for Successful Start
North Central University Newspaper | June 29, 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

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


Twin Cities family made holiday meals for Urban Ventures families
Kare 11 | November 26, 2014

John Turnipseed was featured in The Blaze upon release of his autobiography
The Blaze | September 29, 2014

John Turnipseed interviewed about his life transformation and autobiography
The Christian Post | September 26, 2014

John Turnipseed interviewed about addiction recovery
MinnPost | August 27, 2014

CityKid Java expansion to Lunds and Byerly's recognized by MN Business
Minnesota Business | August 7, 2014

Bush Foundation networking event brought together 1,000 non-profit leaders, including Urban Ventures
Star Tribune | June 26, 2014


Magic Johnson helps one Urban Ventures scholar go to college
CBS Minnesota | December 31, 2013

Urban Ventures receives grant from the MoneyGram Foundation
The Dallas Morning News | December 10, 2013

Urban Ventures celebrates 20 years of community programs
Kare 11 | September 28, 2013

The Music Academy recognized for "using music to keep kids in school"
CBS Local | September 25, 2013

Social enterprise week in Minneapolis brings attention to businesses like CityKid Java
Twin Cities Daily Planet | May 19, 2013


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


Magic Johnson helps raise funds for Urban Ventures
Kare 11 | September 17, 2011

Remembering Ralph Bruins, co-founder of Urban Ventures
Star Tribune | June 11, 2011

Art Erickson receives Bethel Seminary's Excellence in Ministry Award
Bethel Seminary | May 19, 2011

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

Prince: "The Quiet One." Recalling the Artist as a Young Man
Star Tribune | March 13, 2004

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

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