ABOUT US

Established in 1994, URGENT, Inc., a 501 (c) (3), Miami, FL based youth and community development organization has been dedicated to empowering young minds to transform their communities. Guided by the principles of innovation, growth and transformation, URGENT, sees young people as the drivers of change and commits to provide empowering opportunities to create the next generation of social change agents.

Rising out of the ashes of the ‘80s riots and a depressed urban economy of the ‘90s, Urban Renewal Greater Enhancement National Team (URGENT), was founded in 1994 by a small group of concerned residents who wanted to see change in Miami's urban core. Now a youth and community development corporation, URGENT celebrates over 25 years of service to Miami!

CORE PROGRAMSLess

FACE, provides hands-on, real-world training, for media arts and entrepreneurship internship for high school and early college teens. The program affords interns the opportunity to advance their skills through project-based learning led by industry professionals with assistance from college-level interns. The culmination of learning is presented several times a year. 

FACE Camp - Film Arts Culture Entrepreneurship 

Lights! Camera! ACTION! FACE Camp introduces youth to the ins and outs of digital animation and photography! They have fun creating animated stories, telling stories through photography and filming short films as the participate as part of a production team. 

Rites of Passage Youth Media Project

The Rites of Passage (ROP) Youth Media Project, is an arts enrichment program designed to inspire middle school girls to critically examine, research, and reflect on the issues that impact their lives and communities using video, photography, poetry, and performance. The young people gain access to their voice and use the arts to elevate important conversations on essential topics. 

Murals for Dorsey Park

The Murals for Dorsey Park Program, is a community arts youth literacy promotion and community engagement initiative designed to engage young artists in the revitalization of Overtown, Miami, —Dorsey Park, with murals created collaboratively to commemorate the historic home of The Negro League Baseball in South Florida.

Youth Empowerment After School

This program provides elementary school boys and girls an alternative to their hectic day. They are provided a safe place after school where they find peace and love in a supportive, nurturing environment that helps them discover their hidden talents, build skills, and identify their multiple intelligences. Students begin their afternoon by taking part in a welcoming, non-traditional, opening circle where the breath is vital. In this afterschool program, peace rules the day and self-love is boldly celebrated. From taking part in impromptu skits, playing African drums, learning life skills or building physical stamina, there is never a dull moment when kids gain access to their unique and special gifts to share with the world. All of this happens at the Youth Empowerment After School Program!  

Youth Empowerment Summer Camp (YES!)

YES! Camp, provides a unique gender specific safe space where girls are able to dream, explore, reflect, and find their own voice to express the person they are becoming. For girls, as they approach adolescence, they face all kinds of challenges from society: pressure to be perfect, expectations about beauty, beliefs about food and eating, and more. It's a pivotal time in a girl's life when their whole world is starting to change inside and out. This is the time to strengthen girls’ sense of self and that inner belief in who they are that will see her through the teen years. These themes are explored through the arts, drama, dance, arts & crafts, yoga, cultural music, fitness, literacy and etiquette.  

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Murals for Dorsey Park

The Murals for Dorsey Park Project showcases a community arts, youth literacy promotion and community engagement initiative designed to engage young artists in the revitalization of Overtown, Miami's Dorsey Park with the help of mentoring artists. Murals commemorate Dorsey Park as the historic home of Negro League Baseball in S. Florida.

Miami 4 Social Change Youth Film Festival

The Miami 4 Social Change Youth Film Festival is a platform that amplifies the next generation of storytellers between the ages 14-21 by featuring youth submissions that tackle issues youth care about. The festival also includes career exploration workshops, skill-building, master classes, and panel discussions.

YEDC- Youth Economic Development Conference

YEDC is Miami's premier youth career exploration conference. Each year Urgent, Inc. brings this high-energy, motivational, and educational conference to over 500 teens in south Florida. The event includes career workshops in the creative design, technology and hospitality industries, youth arts expos, entertainment, and competitions. Youth exchange, learn, connect and collaborate with successful professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators.

GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dennis Horton, Chairman

Patrick Williams, PhD, Secretary

Marcos Lapciuc, Treasurer

Caridad Hernandez

Edgar Duarte

Von Johnson

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Henry Crespo, Sr., President & Founder

Saliha Nelson, EdD, CEO

MANAGEMENT

Irene Tiffany Edwards, Finance Manager

Shedia Nelson, Operations and Programs Manager & Artistic Director

Emily Gunter, After School Multi-Site Director & Development Officer

PROGRAM STAFF

Mike Burns, IT Specialist

Joey Ashley, CTE/Apprenticeship Manager, Film Festival Director

Kadijah Belle, CTE Site Coordinator & Facilitator

Monica Bissainthe, CTE Site Coordinator & Facilitator

Kimberly Jean, Jr. CTE Instructor

Geneva Bailey, After School Program Site Coordinator & Counselor

Deon Taylor, Certified Teacher 

Naomi Wiggins, Program Assistant 

Gail Willinghan, Arts Enrichment Instructor

Bryanna Bissainthe, Peer Educator

Henry Volmar, Media Arts Apprentice


URGENT, Inc.

1000 NW 1st Ave #100

Miami, FL 33136, USA

786-581-7821

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