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About Us

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.
Our primary goal is to provide individuals at the youth detention center with basic business skills and ideas to pursue their entrepreneurial passions. We focus 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.