URGENT is headquartered in the heart of Historic Overtown, Miami, FL, a vibrant community with a rich cultural heritage.



URGENT, Inc. envisions a future where all children and youth have access to the social, economic, educational resources, and creative space they need to thrive. As a 501(c)(3) creative youth development organization based in Miami, FL, URGENT, Inc. is dedicated to empowering young creative minds to transform their lives and communities.


URGENT is a highly regarded creative youth development organization that utilizes an asset-based approach to help young people uncover and cultivate their unique talents and skills. Through our innovative programs in digital media arts education, positive youth development, and STEAM workforce development, we recognize and build upon the diverse strengths and assets of young people. 

At URGENT, we believe that kids learn best through doing and that creativity is a powerful tool for personal and societal growth and transformation. By providing opportunities for young people to engage in the creative process, we help them to find their voice, share their stories, and make positive change in their lives and communities

Our impact is grounded in a deep commitment to asset-based approaches that empower young people and foster their lifelong success. Join us as we develop the next generation of creative leaders!


At URGENT, Inc., we are guided by the principles of innovation, growth, and transformation, and we promote the value of compassion in all of our interactions with clients and community members.

As an organization committed to responsible, innovative approaches to media arts education, positive youth development, and career-connected learning, URGENT, Inc. values learning and reciprocity as key components of our success and we strive to embody these values in our partnerships with children, youth, families, and community members at URGENT, Inc.

At URGENT, Inc., we believe that compassion, patience, and teamwork are essential to creating a supportive and inclusive environment where innovation and growth can thrive.


Founded in 1994 by a small group of concerned residents who wanted to see change in Miami's urban core, Urban Renewal Greater Enhancement National Team (URGENT) rose out of the ashes of the '80s riots and a depressed urban economy of the '90s. The organization was established in response to the systemic challenges and deep-rooted issues facing Miami's low-income communities and communities of color, which had been ravaged by decades of economic disinvestment, social inequality, and racial tensions. Despite these challenges, URGENT has remained a steadfast force for positive change in Miami's urban core. 

For over 25 years, the organization has been dedicated to promoting youth and community development in the city's most vulnerable neighborhoods. URGENT envisions a future where all children and youth have the social, economic, educational, and creative space and resources to thrive.

In its many years of operation, URGENT has established itself as a leader in creative youth development, leveraging an asset-based approach to help young people uncover and cultivate their unique talents and skills. The organization has received numerous awards and recognition for its work and has maintained a strong track record of stability and success.

 Looking ahead, URGENT is committed to continuing its important work in Miami's urban core. As the organization approaches its 30th anniversary in 2024, URGENT remains steadfast in its purpose to build a brighter future for Miami's young people and communities.


Overtown, Miami FL

URGENT's headquarters is located in the heart of Historic Overtown, Miami, a vibrant community with a rich cultural heritage. Our main office is situated at the crossroads of some of Miami's most diverse neighborhoods, giving us a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing our city. From this central location, we are able to engage with and serve young people and families across Miami's urban core, helping to build a stronger, more resilient community for all.



Dennis Horton, Chairman

Marcos Lapciuc,  Secretary/Treasurer

Caridad Hernandez

Edgar Duarte

Von Johnson

Juanmari Molina, Board Fellow


Henry Crespo, Sr., President & Founder

Dr. Saliha Nelson, CEO


Irene Tiffany Edwards, Finance Manager

Shedia Nelson, Operations and Programs Manager/Creative Director

Emily Gunter, Development Director/Licensed K-5 Facility Director

Joey Lamar Ashley, Apprenticeship and Internship Manager

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