First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to Chicago on Thursday, July 18. The First Lady will be visiting Urban Alliance Chicago, a year-long career education and employment program for underserved high school seniors which enriches students’ lives through paid internships, formal training, and mentoring. The First Lady will be joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife Amy Rule. The visit is part of the First Lady’s focus on youth empowerment and providing more opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential.
Urban Alliance is the only year long employment program for under-resourced high school seniors in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Chicago, IL. The goal is to give youth access to professional growth and experiences. The program prepares students for a life of work and self-sufficiency through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship.
Urban Alliance Interns are selected after a rigorous application process. During the school year, each Urban Alliance Intern works part time with a job partner in the public or private sector. On Fridays, they attend life skills and job readiness workshops. During the summer following their senior year, Urban Alliance Interns work full time Monday through Thursday. They attend professional development workshops on Fridays. After finishing the program, Alumni have access to Urban Alliance Alumni Services.
Urban Alliance Interns are paid for their work and can earn over $6,000 over the course of their senior year.
Over the course of the year, Urban Alliance students participate in over 750 hours of work and professional development training. In its first year in Chicago, Urban Alliance served 71 students from six Chicago Public High Schools in south and southwest neighborhoods with a 100% high school graduation rate and over 95% of students college bound this fall.
Urban Alliance was founded in Washington DC in 1996 and over its 17-year history, it has worked with more than 15,000 low-income D.C., Chicago and Baltimore youth through a combination of paid internships and curriculum outreach and plans to expand to Northern Virginia this fall. In Chicago, Urban Alliance plans to double its reach and serve 150 students from 13 Chicago Public Schools this fall.
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