Urban Ventures operates a holistic system of programs and social enterprises that equip individuals and families with the resources and opportunities they need to take responsibility for our community’s future.

Urban Ventures exists to close the gaps that perpetuate urban poverty.

In the blocks surrounding our south Minneapolis campus:

Achievement Gap

Nearly 70% of students of color drop out of high school. Just 16% of those who graduate get a college degree.

Parenting Gap

62% of households are headed by single mothers. 42% of those mothers lack a high school diploma.

Health & Nutrition Gap

98% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. The USDA designated our area as a food desert.


Educating children, strengthening their families, and building a healthy community.


A city without urban poverty.


Faith, integrity, empowerment, transformation, diversity, sustainability.

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