In DCís Anacostia neighborhood, the unemployment rate is 31%, and half of the 19,000 people out of work are young adults. This is where Urban Ed makes its home. Its Career and Workforce Development program offers 12- to 16-week courses that equip adults with competitive skills for high-demand occupations in information technology, cloud computing, software development, and digital transformation. Last year, 90% of graduates obtained gainful employment. Urban Ed's TechnoAcademy reduces truancy for high school and middle school youth, requiring school attendance in exchange for lessons in popular subjects like software coding and gaming. These youth then help lead the Lil Bitties TechnoCamp, a STEM-oriented summer enrichment program for kids ages 5-7. Last year, 90% of graduates obtained gainful employment. Urban Ed moved adults from unemployment and homelessness into stability and put young people on the path to success.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Urban Ed is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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