URGENT, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) Miami,  FL based youth and community development organization dedicated to empowering young minds to transform their communities.  Guided by the principles of innovation, growth and transformation URGENT sees young people as the drivers of change and works to provide empowering opportunities to create the next generation of social change agents. 

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Mission, Vision, Values


MISSION- To empower young minds to help transform their communities

VISION- All people have the social, economic and educational resources to thrive

CORE VALUES- Compassion, Innovation, Patience, Learning, Reciprocity, Responsibility, Teamwork






Rising out of the ashes of the 80's riots and the depressed urban economy of the 90's, Urban Renewal Greater Enhancement National Team (URGENT) was founded in 1994 by a small group of concerned residents who wanted to see change in Miami's urban core. Now a youth and community development corporation, URGENT will celebrate 20 years of service to the Miami community in 2014! 


Governance & Leadership


Dennis Horton, Chairman

Miami Dade County Public Schools


Patrick Williams, PhD, Secretary

Taz Pac Consulting 


Marcos Lapciuc- Treasurer

Precision Trading, Co.


Caridad Hernandez 

CBS4 Miami


Edgar Duarte

Duarte Monteiro Group



Henry Crespo, Sr., President & Founder


Saliha Nelson, MSEd, Vice President



Irene Tiffany Edwards, Finance Manager


Mike Burns, IT Manager


Valamere Mikler, Senior Operations & Advancement Manager



Shedia Nelson, Program Manager & Artistic Director

Rites of Passage Youth Media Project


Rites of Passage Youth Media Project Youth Enrichment Facilitators- Claudia Vallalta | Quenecia Hall


Peer Educators - Aminita Pierre


Youth Empowerment After School & Summer Camp

Emily Gunter, Associate After School Site Manager & Director of Building Literacy through Arts & Culture


Kevin Maldanado, After School Site Manager, Goulds Elementary 


After School Counselors- Belinda Cain | Latoya Brady | Lurvin Calix | Dr. Alison Tomlinson | Myrol Cruz


Certified Teachers- Jessie Beauvior | Tami Wynn


FACE Employment & Training Program


Terrance Cribbs-Lorrant, FACE Coordinator


Youth Enrichment Facilitators- Michnique Barlatier | L. Erica Weste


Peer Educator- Robert Jenkins | Khyree Joseph





Core Programs and Special Initiatives 


Youth Empowerment Program- After School

This program provides elementary school boys and girls an alternative to their hectic day by providing a safe place after school where they find peace and love in a supportive nurturing environment that helps them discover their hidden talents, build skills and identify their multiple intelligences. Students begin their afternoon by taking part in a welcoming non-traditional opening circle where the breath is king; peace rules the day and self-love is unabashedly celebrated. From taking part in impromptu skits, playing African drums, learning life skills or building physical stamina there is never a dull moment when kids gain access to their unique and special gifts to share with the world. All this happens at the Youth Empowerment After School Program! Target Population: 60 boys and girls K-6grade; Target Community(s): Overtown, Goulds


Rites of Passage Program

Girls find their voice to speak out against the threats to their well-being, lead community awareness activities, use the arts, culture and media to spur positive change and engage in social action campaigns to promote solutions which will support their ability to make positive life choices as they transition through adolescence towards adulthood.  Target Population: Girls ages 10-18; Target Community (s): Overtown, Little Haiti


Intergenerational Program

The Intergenerational Program offers an opportunity for grandparents raising grandchildren to come together and share successes, hardships and wisdom while learning from each other and industry professionals about topics such as health, legal rights, education, parenting and more. Target Community: Overtown


Youth Empowerment Summer Camp (YES!)

YES! Camp  provides a unique gender specific safe space where girls are able to dream, explore, reflect and find their own voice to express the person they are becoming. For girls, as they approach adolescence, they face all kinds of challenges from society: pressure to be perfect, expectations about beauty, beliefs about food and eating, and more. It's a pivotal time in a girl's life, when their whole world is starting to change, inside and out. This is the time to strengthen girls’ sense of self and that inner belief in who they are that will see her through the teen years. These themes are explored through the arts, drama, dance, arts & crafts, yoga, cultural music, fitness, literacy and etiquette. Target Population: 60 Girls ages 6-13; Target Community(s): Overtown, County-wide


Campaign for Girls Well-Being

She Kept the Bra On!—The Campaign for Girls Well-Being is a youth-led reproductive justice campaign of URGENT, Inc. The purpose of the Campaign for Girls Well-Being is to promote the well-being of girls in the spheres of education, economics, health and education. In doing so, the Campaign seeks to elevate the voice of girls in the public discourse through leadership development, education, advocacy training, research and community organizing.  An important element of the Campaign is the use of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) that seeks to put its findings into action. The Campaign engages participants through Photovoice (photography and prose), providing opportunities for individual and group data gathering, reflection, dialogue and social action regarding youth assets and issues, which are shared in the community through the visual and performing arts. Collaborative process, teen girls develop and implement a social action plan to address identified topics for improving all girls quality of life.


Murals for Dorsey Park

The Murals for Dorsey Park Program is a community arts, youth literacy promotion and community engagement initiative designed to engage young artists in the revitalization of Overtown, Miami's Dorsey Park with murals created collaboratively to commemorate it as the historic home of Negro League Baseball in S. Florida.

Film Arts & Culture  Coding and Entrepreneurship (FACE) Summer Youth Training Emplolyment Program

FACE provide hands-on real world training for youth between the ages of 16-24. The program affords interns the opportunity to advance their skills in one of four areas of instruction including 1) Film & Video Production, 2) Visual Arts, 3) Cultural Toursism 4) Coding or 5) Entrepreneurship. The implementation model of FACE is based on project-based learning led by industry professionals with assistance from college-level interns.  The culmination of learning is presented at the FACE Expo.


Funding Partners