dignity, not dependence.


Welcome to Urban Ventures. We are nonprofit organization that's bringing a bold, radically different approach to the fight against urban poverty in the Twin Cities.


Here's how:



Direct-service programs work holistically to support families from our south Minneapolis campus. Programs focus on jobs, education, food, & families.


Products & Social Enterprises

Our enterprises produce real products you can buy. They create living-wage jobs, provide skills training and reinvest 100% of net proceeds back into our programs.


Partnerships increase our impact by connecting individuals, corporations, churches, and other nonprofits ways to share expertise and make a difference.


Empowering individuals and strengthening families to transform urban communities.

At Urban Ventures, everyone gets access to:


A Pathway to College

Our cradle to career academic & mentoring pipeline closes the achievement gap for hundreds of kids each year.

Sports, Arts, & Nutrition

Extracurriculars keep kids active, foster creativity and nourish mind, body, and spirit.

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Dignified Employment

Our job readiness/placement program helps those with multiple barriers to employment.


Relationship Tools

Classes teach practical tools to parents and create a safe place to discuss life's issues and build community. 


Producing real products. Employing real kids.

Our social enterprises teach business and life skills while paying livable wages and generating sustainable sources of revenue.


We can't do it without you. Yes, you. 

Each year, 1,000+ volunteers contribute 20% of all the hours worked at UV.  150 corporate and church partners engage their networks to make a difference. Our campus also serves as a hub for eight partner nonprofits.