Est. 1994. 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.

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 celebrates 23 years of service to the Miami!

Core Programs and Special Initiatives

FACE- Film, Arts & Culture, Coding, Entrepreneurship

FACE provides hands-on real world training for youth between the ages of 14-18 during the school year and 14-24 during the summer months. 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) Coding/IT 4) Broadcast Media 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 several times a year.

Rites of Passage- Campaign for Girls Well-Being

She Kept the Bra On!—The Campaign for Girls Well-Being is a youth-led wellness 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.

Rites of Passage Program- Youth Media Project

The ROP Youth Media Project is an arts enrichment program designed to inspire middle and high school youth to critically examine, research, and reflect on the issues that impact their lives and communities using video, photography, poetry and performance. Youth gain access to their voice and use the arts to elevate important conversations on important topics. Target Population: Youth ages 12-18; Target Community (s): Overtown, Little Haiti

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.

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: 75 boys and girls K-6 grade; Target Community(s): Overtown, Goulds

Youth Empowerment Program- 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): County-wide.

Governance and 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

Shedia Nelson, Program Manager & Artistic Director

Loren Daniel, Career and Technical Education Coordinator

Monica Bissainthe, Career and Technical Education Coordinator

Joey Ashley, Career and Technical Education Instructor

Naomi Wiggins, Family Support Specialist

Emily Gunter, Out of School Program Director

Latoya Brady, Site Coordinator

Geneva Bailey, Site Coordinator

Belinda Cain, Youth Development Counselor

Tanasha Lampkin, Youth Development Counselor

Grashania Davis, Certified Teacher

Cindy Montalivo, Peer Educator

Brett Austrie, Peer Assistant

Urgent, Inc.

1000 NW 1st Ave,

Ste 100,

Miami, FL 33136

Phone. 786-581-7821

Fax. 866-811-7778

Email. office@urgentinc.org