"Not only will participation in the program bring out the best in you, it will equip you with the tools to help bring out the best in others and become an incredibly effective and efficient young adult"

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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.
• Social
• Cultural/historical
• Educational 
• Spiritual 
• Health/hygienic  
• Economic 
• Political 
• Entrepreneurial Technical/vocational


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:       

  • Summer Program
  • Field Trips
  • Annual Royal Afrikan Gala
  • Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
  • Nzinga Sisterhood
  • Zulu Brotherhood


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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

“I really enjoyed learning and growing with U.Y.I.P.  This program gave me the advice I needed to step out of my shell in school in order to lead my peers and myself into a better life.  Also, they started me on a great path of community”

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About Us

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 501 © (3) 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.