Our mission is to help under-served youth (ages 14-19) become successful and socially responsible entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities. We seek to broaden our participants’ access to mentors and sponsors that will help them turn their entrepreneurial ideas into action.
The Urban Ventures Project (UVP) was founded in the Fall of 2008 as the pro bono arm of Penn Law’s Urban Law Forum, a student group dedicated to improving quality of life for low-income individuals and families in urban communities.
The rationale behind UVP is to provide under-served youth in the Philadelphia area with an opportunity to have a positive impact on economic development in their communities. The focus is on entrepreneurship as a means to create individual economic stability that will lead to more stabilized urban communities in the long run. UVP is a bottom up approach to economic development as it attempts to empower under-served youth with tools to become economically self-sufficient.
Our primary goal is to build partnerships with Philadelphia-area public schools, charter schools, and after-school programs to identify interested students that could benefit from our program. We have designed our curriculum to cover the entire venture creation process from idea generation to the building of a sustainable business, with specific emphasis on the legal and social considerations involved in entrepreneurship. Our volunteers lead small-group teaching sessions to guide students through this curriculum with a hands-on approach.
On a case-by-case basis, we will also consider partnering with other organizations that are focused on teaching youth entrepreneurship to help them strengthen their modules on business structure, social responsibility, intellectual property, and other legal topics.