About urban university

Founded in 1998, urban university (uu) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that delivers workforce training, coaching and retention solutions in partnership with individuals, community based organizations and the business sector. We promote social change by concentrating our efforts on the enhancement of today's workforce.   With a ten year proven track record, we create and deliver workforce development learning and coaching services designed to help individuals and organizations reach workplace success by bringing out the best in people.

Our Approach

The success behind our ten year track record is based on doing what we do best - training and coaching. It is our theory that within today's knowledge era, success no longer depends on technical know-how alone, individuals must also posses workplace knowledge and soft skills that promote self-efficacy, positive work relations, quality work and job retention. By working with individuals and organization on real issues, we are able to make enduring change.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Delivering relevant training and coaching services to individuals seeking to improve their socio-economic status - focusing on workplace readiness, coping and retention;
  • Collaborating with organizations to deliver workforce development programs that provide viable employment and career opportunities for low-income individuals;
  • Providing leadership training to supervisors in order to promote a more participatory and vibrant workforce.
  • What we believe

    Self-Esteem
    Preparing individuals for success at work is an opportunity to development self-esteem and self-efficacy

    Human Potential
    Everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential

    Cultural competency
    We work effectively in cross-cultural situations through our behaviors, attitudes and policies

    Inclusive Workforce
    Creating an inclusive workforce is to mutually serve the needs of employees and employers

    Our Customers

    • Individuals transitioning from welfare to work
    • Single working mothers seeking life/work balance and retention support
    • Working adults looking to increase their professional development competencies
    • Front-line supervisors employed in diverse business sectors seeking to build their leadership capacity
    • Individuals

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    Our Clients

    Human Services Agency

    Goodwill industries of San Francisco and San Mateo

    Human Services Agency - Independent Living Skills Program

    Jewish Vocational Services

    The Bar Association of San Francisco

    San Francisco Works

    SF Auto Return

    University of San Francisco

    Veterans Administration Hospital

    Washington Mutual