Entries by Kent Elliott

“Why launch the Urban Proximity Initiative?”

One of the biggest hurdles Urban Alliances faces in advancing opportunities for those we serve is how often those individuals are looked at as the someone who we have nothing in common with. We all know this is far from the truth, but despite our efforts, it is too common to see the differences instead […]

Urban Outreach Initiative Moment

Did you know that Urban Alliance (UA) does street Outreach every week in the three core neighborhoods of Kalamazoo? Neither did WMed medical student, Letty Thottathil. Letty found herself at UA as part of her Active Citizenship Program at WMed. The program is designed to better connect future doctors with the public they hope to […]

Momentum Urban Employment Initiative

When Dave first met Scottie, he didn’t really know what to expect. He was familiar with Momentum and its vision, and he was eager to join the ranks of Momentum ‘Coach,’ but now his preconceived notions were running headlong into reality. Scottie was working to escape the fires of life, and he’d brought another with […]

Urban Alliance Technical Center and Academies

2018 brought four academies, all offered in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Community College, to the Urban Alliance Technical Center (UATC). Academies included Warehouse Management and Inventory Control, Production Technology, Manufacturing and Material Handling, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC). Western Michigan University also partnered with the Warehouse Management and Inventory Control Academy. Within a few weeks […]

Momentum Business Network Employer Spotlight: Sigma Machine

Here’s what Sigma had to say about working with Urban Alliance, Sigma Machine is a family owned and locally operated manufacturer that specializes in the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry. We’ve been in business in Kalamazoo since 1955. Sigma has partnered with Momentum since the very first graduating class. For us it just makes sense. We get […]

A Note from Luke Kujacznski, Urban Alliance Executive Director

“Each year I am in awe with what can be accomplished through love, and this year is no exception. The work that was accomplished by this community makes me incredibly proud and hopeful. There were significant breakthroughs, there were challenges, but best of all, hope gained a foothold. Hope that together Kalamazoo can be a […]

Momentum Urban Employment Initiative

The Momentum Urban Employment Initiative, our most well-known initiative, continues to be a proven success. To date, 90% of our graduates have gone on to gain employment, with 74% maintaining employment beyond 90 days. 2018 was therefore focused on laying the groundwork for an expansion of Momentum from serving two core urban neighborhoods to serving […]

Urban Outreach Initiative: Trunk or Treat

On October 31st, 2018, Urban Alliance’s Outreach Initiative hosted its 3rd annual Edison Safe Trunk or Treat in partnership with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center. This event is designed to create a safe space for families to enjoy all the excitement that Halloween brings, and most importantly, spend time […]