Vision Urbana is a non-profit, community outreach service agency located in the Lower East Side of New York City. Our mission for more than two decades has been to improve and enrich the lives of children, youth, families and the community through a variety of targeted development programs, public events and initiatives.
Our organization provides educational, cultural, and human services to to the community through the Empire Mentorship Initiative, the Empire Workforce Initiative, the Healthy Living initiative. From our One-on-One mentorship program to media technology and college readiness workshops, find out what we can do for you!
Since 1996, we have been committed to developing strong and caring families and empowering youth to achieve their fullest potential. From programs to help students build their self-esteem and character to our inter-generational Healthy Living Initiative, find out how you can help us empower and transform the future, today.
Empire Mentorship Initiative
The Empire Mentoring Initiative (EMI) has been operating for two years reaching various measures of success! We are humbled and delighted to report that EMI has, to date, secured over 234 mentees and 178 mentors in New York City, with 140 young people matched in a one-to-one and group mentoring experience! EMI is community-based in the Lower East Side and committed to connecting healthy and trusting adults with youth, with the purpose of impacting their lives in a positive way. In addition to one to one mentoring, our program is proud to announce our implementation of college readiness and health and wellness programs as part of what we call our mentoring continuum.
Empire Workforce Initiative
Seven years ago, a local construction company promised Mr. Rodney Washington, a union worker looking for a union job, employment within two weeks. After two months with no response from the company and diligent weekly follow ups to the main offices, Mr. Washington decided to take matters into his own hands and created what would later be called The Empire Workforce Initiative – providing job placement & training for local residents.
Rodney Washington serves on Community Board 3 where he advocates for local residents to be employed within high paying construction jobs.
The Empire Workforce Initiative's mission is to place qualified workers in occupations within their respective communites.
Healthy Living Initiative
Vision Urbana Healthy Living Initiative is a response to the significant health issues such as HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, HEPC, Heart Disease, Obesity, Heart Disease and Asthma, which is at epidemic proportion in Lower East Side.
At least once a month, community residents participate in excellent health forums and workshops facilitated by medical professionals, nutritionists, health experts and practitioners (most of whom are bilingual) to engage in life-saving and revelatory discussion regarding healthy living as a physical, mental, and spiritual journey that requires professional support, up to date information, and access to solid resources and reliable health organizations.