The Urban Youth Initiative Project was founded on the belief that every student has the ability to learn.


Founded in 2006, Urban Youth Initiative Project, Inc. is a community based non-profit youth organization that specializes in developing the greatest qualities in African American youth. We provide African American youth with a safe and secure environment wherein they can grow, develop and evolve. Our duty is to create programs and activities to cultivate and develop African American youth in all areas of person-hood.  We seek to motivate and inspire African American youth to aspire for excellence (by challenging them to challenge themselves).               

U. Y. I. P.  is designed to arouse a sense of hope and facilitate parents efforts to instill core values that will ultimately empower African American youth.

About Us


"UYIP has consistently helped in developing my boys into young men. I have yet to meet a youth organization who is as dedicated to the well being of our children. The facilitators are reliable, trustworthy and dependable beyond classroom hours."

Nzinga Amazulu

My son Maurice McCoy goes to U.Y.I.P program. This program has helped my son in so many different ways, from the start, he has become a more confident person; he's not afraid of trying. He now knows that you won't be right all the time , but if you try eventually you'll come out with something great. Maurice has also improved in his math and reading skills and that's just some of the ways U.Y.I.P has helped my son. U.Y.I.P has also helped me learn how to deal with different things pertaining to Maurice, with the passing of his father, I didn't know how to deal with it or teach him certain things. But U.Y.I.P has assisted me the transformation and made it a lot easier. Now I know how to reach Maurice on different levels and get him to open up and talk to me. So with all that said U.I.Y.P is a great program and I am grateful to have my son in this program.

Shyheia Cannady

Popular Programs

  • Summer Program
  • Field Trips
  • Annual Royal Afrikan Dance
  • Annual Kwanzaa Celebration



We envision a youth sanctuary; a safe and secure institution wherein African American youth can cultivate and develop their potential.  We envision a fully operational youth facility that caters to and subsequently meets the wholistic needs of African American youth, in the following areas:       
• Social
• Cultural/historical
• Educational 
• Spiritual 
• Health/hygienic  
• Economic 
• Political 
• Entrepreneurial Technical/vocational
Ultimately, we envision competent African American youth ready, willing and able to assume the responsibility of leadership for the advancement of the African American community.