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March 19, 2017

Field trips and floats in New Orleans

As we move into our spring semester, Maturing Champions in Treme′ thru Extended Learning (MCTEL) continues to engage students in intentional after school programming which includes homework help and cultural and physical enrichment. One of the most recent activities that we facilitated with youth was a float decorating contest which... Read More »
February 28, 2017

Maturing Champions in Treme

 On Thursday, January 26th we brought a group of Maturing Champions in Treme′ thru Extended Learning (MCTEL) students and several adult chaperons from their families to see the Lion King at the Saenger Theatre. Prior to our field trip, youth and their families shared in dinner and conversation about theater... Read More »
January 30, 2017

St. Louis Public Schools Accreditation and the impact on Early Learning

With news of St. Louis Public School's accreditation, KMOV featured the Flance Early Learning Center. Flance, located in the north side of St. Louis,  focuses on providing high quality childcare. Opportunities for childcare and accreditation are both important elements for youth success and can lay the foundation Watch Near North Side resident, parent and... Read More »
January 06, 2017

End of the Year Celebrations in New Orleans

We concluded the year with a Family Holiday Event as we did last year and attendance at this year’s event was almost double to last year’s which was largely due to the great increase in the number of residents being on site in comparison to December 2015. There were 76... Read More »
December 28, 2016

Prime Time Family Reading Time

On Thursday, November 17th, we concluded our Fall semester of Prime Time Family Reading Time which is a grant founded program that is partially founded by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. It creates a space for families with youth ages 3-10 to have shared reading activities and discussions while... Read More »
December 12, 2016

HUD Announces 2016 Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grantees

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the awardees for the 2016 round of Choice Neighborhood Implementation grants. Among the awardees are the St. Louis Near North Side Neighborhood and the  Louisville Russell Neighborhood. Urban Strategies is the human capital development partner for both of the CNI... Read More »
November 24, 2016

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Thank you to California State Assemblymember Kevin McCarty for donating turkeys and dinners to the Twin Rivers families in Sacramento, CA. And thank you to all of our community partners and stakeholders across the country!
October 21, 2016

Urban Strategies President Sandra Moore honored as Non Profit Executive of the Year

Urban Strategies President Sandra M. Moore will be honored as the 2016 Non-Profit Executive of the Year. We are proud to have Mrs. Moore lead the Urban Strategies team for the past 16 years as we work with residents and communities to transform neighborhoods around the country. Sandra Moore will... Read More »
October 02, 2016

Maturing Champions of Treme ‘thru Extending Learning

On Tuesday October 11, Maturing Champions in Treme′ thru Extended Learning (MCTEL) Afterschool Program will resume at Bienville Basin. This is year four of MCTEL, two of which were hosted at the neighborhood school, Success Preparatory Academy; the first year was held in the Iberville community prior to deconstruction and... Read More »
September 30, 2016

St. Louis chosen as finalist for FY16 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant

The City of St. Louis is 1 of 5 finalists out of 34 applicants to be selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to receive the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. If awarded, the grant will fund a community-driven strategic plan to revitalize the Near North Side neighborhood... Read More »
September 20, 2016

Cool Scholars in New Orleans

On Wednesday, August 17, Cool Scholars Extended Literacy Program concluded with a dinner for children and their families. In attendance were 30 children and families as Alexander McConduit read his children’s books Snowballs for All and Thorn in my Horn. Prior to reading Snowballs for All, participants were served and... Read More »
August 19, 2016

Urban Strategies Choice Conference in St. Louis October 2016

  Join us October 18-20, 2016 for a Choice Means Choice Conference for all Choice Neighborhood sites and partners. Session will include information and discussion on effective strategies for job training, case management, economic development and community engagement. Network and learn from other Choice sites and national leaders in community development.... Read More »
August 12, 2016

Flance Early Learning Center featured in St. Louis American

This week, the Flance Early Learning center was featured in the St. Louis American.  Flance has served children on the Near North Side for two years now. Since opening, Flance has created strong community partners, trained childcare providers and continued to put the development of children at the forefront. The article highlights Flance's... Read More »
August 09, 2016

E-Camp in New Orleans

Our Excellence, Encouragement, and Education (E-Camp) began on Tuesday, July 12th and concluded last week on Friday, August 5th. There were 17 total participants and 14 participants who successfully completed the camp.The participants were immersed in the “Be the Dream” curriculum which focuses on goal setting, social awareness, and positive... Read More »
July 15, 2016

Summer Enrichment Programs at Beinville Basin

This summer at Bienville Basin, we are providing families with two summer enrichment programs that will cater to youth of all ages and their families. The Excellence, Encouragement, Education (E-Camp) Program began its third year on Tuesday July 12, while our Cool Scholars Extended Leaning Program transitions from Summer 2015’s... Read More »
June 30, 2016

Minnesota Timberwolf Kris Dunn gives back

Minnesota Timberwolf, Kris Dunn and joined forces with Urban Strategies' Green Garden Bakery Program to make veggie desserts. The program helps youth learn about gardening, the environment and business. Dunn, the number 5 draft pick, had been drafted by the Timberwolves for less than 48 hours when he jumped into... Read More »
June 25, 2016

Artists Abroad!

Urban had an exciting opportunity to send two of our Renaissance Place at Grand youth artist to Bristol and London, England to embark on an international art collaboration, through our partner Room13Delmar and St. Louis University. The purpose of this trip was to begin discussions on an international art project... Read More »
May 30, 2016

Family Literacy Night at the New Orleans Public Library

  On Thursday, May 5, twenty-two students went to the main branch of New Orleans Public Library. Students participated in grade level appropriate activities such as book scavenger hunts and story time. Although parental involvement for this month’s Family Literacy Night with only one parent in attendance was minimal, I... Read More »
May 16, 2016

Section 3 Construction Skills Training at Bienville Basin

HANO, HRI Properties and Woodward Design + Build partnered with Urban Strategies to exceed Section 3 goals during the construction of Bienville Basin community and provide economic opportunities for former Iberville residents, HANO families and Section 3 hires on sites through a 40 hour Construction Skills Training in early April. ... Read More »
May 09, 2016

Family Literacy Night with Snuffy Collectibles

Motivational speaker, storyteller, and founder of Snuffy Collectibles, Regine´ Ivory-Barlow facilitated Family Literacy Night on April 14. Family Literacy Night is an initiative of MCTEL designed to engage families and students enrolled at Success Preparatory Academy in kindergarten through eighth grade. Ms. Barlow introduced families to the main character of... Read More »
May 03, 2016

Soulful Cooking at Harmony Oaks

Urban Strategies, Inc. at Harmony Oaks and Luke’s House Clinic presents Soulful Cooking! The four week healthy cooking class is held twice a week from 10:30a-12p at the Harmony Oaks Community Center. Luke’s House Clinic staff facilitate the sessions, providing participants with lessons on healthy eating and cost effective shopping... Read More »
April 23, 2016

Students create proposals for the Alice Griffith Community Garden

Students at Bret Harte are continuing to develop their proposals for the Alice Griffith Community Garden - focusing in on the fencing and the pathways on the site. They are working within the constraints articulated in the CMG site plan. Rendering the garden in 3-dimensions got the children excited, not... Read More »
April 01, 2016

Construction Training meets Childcare at Bienville Bason

  On April 4th, 2016, we will begin construction training at Bienville Basin. This will be the first training we have held since returning to the original site at Iberville. With the training site and our offices now within walking distance, we are more accessible to our residents. We anticipate... Read More »
March 31, 2016

Harmony Oaks holds Annual Health & Resource Fair

In February, Harmony Oaks held their Annual Health and Resource Fair at the Harmony Oaks Community Center. There were 22 local agencies and vendors from New Orleans represented at the fair. Some of those agencies included: WellCare, Daughters of Charity, American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood, YAYA, Inc, Cox Communications, and... Read More »
March 15, 2016

Education + Engagement = Excellence in New Orleans

The Education Department continues to provide engaging and creative opportunities to our families who are past or current residents of the Iberville/Bienville Basin Community and or participants in programs that benefit their entire family. One of our longest running and most successful programs is Maturing Champions in Treme´ thru Extended... Read More »
March 10, 2016

Lucy Smith selected as 2016 Community Builders Network Resident Awardee

We are excited to announce that the Community Builders Network has selected Ms. Lucendia ‘Lucy’ Smith, a Preservation Square resident as the recipient of their 2016 Community Builders Network Resident Award. Ms. Lucy Smith is a perfect example of a resident with a passion for community building.  Ms. Smith has... Read More »
December 12, 2015

Urban Strategies featured in Hope San Francisco Newsletter

Etta Jones, the Urban Strategies' Education Liaison at the Alice Griffith housing development, was recently featured in the Hope San Francisco Partnership December Newsletter. The newsletter showcases education strategies employed at Hope SF sites, including Alice Griffith housing development. Explore the newsletter to see Etta Jones and Jeremy Hilinski, Principal... Read More »
October 05, 2015

HUD Awards 2015 Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants

On September 28, HUD awarded new Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants to five communities.Congratulations to communities in Atalanta, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Sacramento and Memphis for $30 million awards to redevelop housing and transform neighborhoods. Urban Strategies is a key partner in the South City neighborhood in Memphis, TN and the River... Read More »
August 26, 2015

St. Louis Awarded 2015 Sustainable Neighborhood Grant for Near North Side

Technical assistance grant to bring sustainability experts to Near North Side for comprehensive community planning.  Read more here.
April 01, 2015

San Francisco-based Green Streets launched as private venture

Urban Strategies announced today that the San Francisco-based social venture Green Streets will be launched as its own private entity.  Green Streets manages environmental services including recycling, composting and waste reduction services for low- and mixed-income communities in San Francisco.  Green Streets has been operating for five years with the... Read More »
March 18, 2015

Magnolia Marketplace Customer Service Training provides employment connections for New Orleans residents

A partnership between Magnolia Marketplace, LLC (MMP) and Urban Strategies provides customer service training to New Orleans residents to maximize the community impact of the MMP development.  The program trains and places Central City and Orleans Parish residents in careers serving the workforce needs of the tenants of MMP. See... Read More »
January 16, 2015

Urban Strategies awarded $500,000 Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant for St. Louis City’s Near Northside

A press conference was held today to announce Urban Strategies as a recipient of a $500,000 Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant to guide the revitalization of the Preservation Square (formerly the O’Fallon Place) housing development and the surrounding neighborhood.  Urban Strategies, along with the Honorable Francis G. Slay, other St. Louis... Read More »
December 22, 2014

Flance Center featured in St. Louis Post Dispatch

Early childhood center a tribute to doctor's efforts to improve urban core.  Read more here.
November 14, 2014

Sandra Moore and Local Leaders Featured on NineNetwork’s Stay Tuned – Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sandra Moore and a panel of local leaders in the Child-Well Being movement gathered for a panel discussion on how we work toward the positive development of and outcomes for children based on a Whole Child approach.  Watch the conversation here:  
June 30, 2014

Urban Strategies and McCormack Baron Salazar receive two $30 million grants to revitalize urban communities

St. Louis-based Developer and Non-Profit receive Choice Implementation Grants for neighborhoods in Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh, PA. Saint Louis (June 30, 2014) – Today, federal officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) joined the mayors of Columbus and Pittsburgh to announce the awards of a $29,750,000... Read More »


Unique database to analyze impact of broad-scale neighborhood and human capital redevelopment programs nationwide. St. Louis, MO. June 30, 2014 – Urban Strategies, Inc. and Social Solutions Global, Inc. are proud to announce the launch of a new performance management system known as "Learning for Effective Action to Revitalize Neighborhoods... Read More »
April 17, 2014

Flance Center featured on KMOV News Channel 4

Downtown St. Louis school brings different twist to early childhood education.  See the story here.  
April 11, 2014

Flance Early Learning Center featured in St. Louis American

High inclusion numbers on North City early learning center St. Louis American, By Rebecca Rivas | Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:30 am         Contractors are putting the final touches on the new Flance Early Learning Center, located in the Murphy Park neighborhood. The building’s classrooms beam with natural light... Read More »
January 24, 2014

Urban Strategies To Implement HANO Career Academy

Comprehensive Career Academy To Provide Training And Job Placement for Disconnected Young Adults [caption id="attachment_1353" align="alignnone" width="300"] HANO Academy Offers Full-Service Pathway To Career Success For New Orleans Residents[/caption] Urban Strategies has been engaged by the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) to implement the HANO Academy, a full-service training,... Read More »
January 20, 2014

Urban Strategies to Host Community-wide Open House at Harmony Oaks in Central City

  On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, Urban Strategies and community partners will host the Harmony Oaks Open House, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  The Harmony Oaks Open House will honor the collaborative input that inspired the revitalization of the former C.J. Peete Public Housing development and its surrounding... Read More »
December 16, 2013

Flance Center News: New childcare center aims to boost north St. Louis neighborhood

December 14, 2013 12:05 am  •  By Tim Logan 314-340-8291   New childcare center aims to boost north St. Louis neighborhood Sometimes turning around a neighborhood means starting early. Like six-weeks-old early. That’s the philosophy behind the Flance Center, an early childhood education center that will open next spring... Read More »
November 27, 2013

Public-Private Partnership that Created Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE Highlighted in Special Feature in The Commercial Appeal

Urban Strategies partner Ruby Bright penned a special column in The Commercial Appeal on the collaboration between the Memphis Housing Authority, the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis and Urban Strategies that inspired the creation of Memphis HOPE and the transformation of public housing in Memphis.  Read more below. Guest... Read More »
November 01, 2013

Urban Strategies Discusses Stretching Resources As Food Stamp Reductions Hit

Urban Strategies Community Service Liaison Yolonda Yancie shared budget and shopping tips with KMOV's Sharon Reed  as SNAP benefit cuts begin to effect families.  Click here for more.

Urban Strategies Responds To SNAP Benefit Cuts In Memphis

SNAP benefits were temporarily increased in 2009 as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide an economic stimulus during and following the recession.  The temporary boost in benefits end on November 1, 2013, and anyone who currently receives food stamps will see a decrease in the... Read More »

Sandra Moore Addresses Impact of SNAP Benefit Reductions on Families

Sandra Moore was featured on KWMU radio to talk about the decrease in food stamp benefits and the anticipated impact on families, as well as already strained service providers.  To learn more click here.

Flance Center Receives Tax Credit Award Through Missouri Start Smart Initiative

The I. Jerome and Rosemary Flance Early Childhood Education Center was awarded $367,000 in tax credits as part of the Missouri Smart Start Initiative to expand access to quality early childhood education opportunities. The Flance Center is one of the six schools in the state to receive this award. Click... Read More »
October 03, 2013

Urban Strategies Promotes Wade Baughman to Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Shaughnessy Daniels to Vice President

Urban Strategies, Inc. has announced the promotions of Wade Baughman to senior vice president and general counsel and Shaughnessy Daniels to vice president. Baughman joined Urban Strategies in 2006 and has held positions in project management, administration and operations. In his new role as general counsel, Baughman will serve as... Read More »
October 01, 2013

Urban Strategies Partnership Receives National Honor for Innovative Housing and Community Development

HUD Announces Recipients of Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships One of Urban Strategies’ partnerships has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with the Council on Foundations, as one of 10 recipients of the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. The award honors philanthropic funders for... Read More »
August 14, 2013

Envisioning Home Now Available on DVD, Digital Download and Online Rental!

Haven’t seen Envisioning Home yet?  The film is now available for you to view anytime!  Purchase your own DVD, download to your computer, or watch online.  Visit the Envisioning Home website for more information.
March 05, 2013

Larimer/East Liberty grant project seeks partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools

Urban Strategies team builds partnership with Larimer/East Liberty and Pittsburgh Public Schools to purse Choice Neighborhoods transformation grant.  The federal grant would provide funds for about 500 units of housing and broad neighborhood improvements.   Pittsburgh Public Schools has been asked to become a partner in the efforts of Larimer/East... Read More »
March 01, 2013

Lifetime TV’s The Balancing Act

Urban Strategies News Brief: Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE to be Featured on Lifetime TV’s The Balancing Act

North City breaks ground on early childhood center

Today, Urban Strategies and McCormack Baron Salazar broke ground on a new early childhood education center, just steps away from Jefferson Elementary School in the Murphy Park neighborhood. When construction is completed in 10 months, the University City Children’s Center will operate the $11 million, 23,000-square-foot center at 1908 O’Fallon... Read More »
February 28, 2013

Early Childhood center coming to North City

Urban Strategies, with the St. Louis Housing Authority and McCormack Baron Salazar, will break ground on an innovative community facility that will provide childcare, education and training in North City. Development of the I. Jerome and Rosemary Flance Early Childhood Education Center at Murphy Park will officially begin on Friday,... Read More »
February 01, 2013

New Orleans Construction Class to be Featured in Game Day Broadcast

Urban Strategies News Brief:  New Orleans Construction Class to be Featured in Game Day Broadcast
January 31, 2013

Healthy Pueblo Initiative’s Cooking Classes Provide Health and Nutrition for Pueblo del Sol Families.

Hace un año, Margarita Severiano padecía de colesterol alto y su hijo de nueve años tenía sobrepeso. Sin embargo, desde que la ama de casa empezó a tomar las clases de “Cocinando Bien y Rico” que se imparten gratuitamente en el proyecto habitacional Pueblo del Sol, las cosas han cambiado.... Read More »
January 19, 2013

Sandra Moore honored a St. Louis Game Changer by the Metro Theater Company of St. Louis

Urban Strategies News Brief:  Sandra Moore honored a St. Louis Game Changer by the Metro Theater Company of St. Louis
December 11, 2012

Sandra Moore on 90.7 KWMU This Morning

Listen in to St. Louis on the Air with Don Marsh this morning as he leads a conversation about the “Delmar Divide” and its role as a racial and economic dividing line in St. Louis City.  The conversation will feature Sandra Moore and Alderwoman Lyda Kewson.  This radio interview is... Read More »
December 10, 2012

Memphis HOPE and Memphis SIF

Urban Strategies News Brief:  Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE and Memphis SIF Family Rewards to be Featured on PBS News Program "Need To Know"this Friday 12/14
December 04, 2012

Diversity and Race

Urban Strategies News Brief: Sandra Moore to Address Issues of Diversity and Race in St. Louis at Pulitzer Panel
November 26, 2012

HUD Choice Neighborhoods

Urban Strategies News Brief: Sandra Moore and Esther Shin to Present at HUD Choice Neighborhoods Conference This Week!
November 14, 2012

Envisioning Home

Envisioning Home, a feature-length film about the unique partnership of two young visionaries who would later become pioneers for change in public housing, premiered on Friday, October 12, 2012 at COCA in St. Louis.  The films tells the story of Richard Baron, co-founder of the McCormack Baron companies and Urban... Read More »
May 17, 2012

Urban Strategies Honors

Urban Strategies congratulates Sandra Moore who recently received two prestigious honors
April 30, 2011


The Women's Foundation takes bold steps to break the cycle of poverty in Memphis by Hannah Sayle, Memphis Business Quarterly Memphis, TN – Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE featured with the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis in the Memphis Business Quarterly. To learn more about Memphis’ strategy to break the... Read More »
February 16, 2011


Strategic partnership with local and national funders and agencies will support training and employment for low-income New Orleans residents New Orleans, LA. February 16, 2011 – Urban Strategies, Inc., has entered into a new partnership led by the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) to address workforce needs and improve career... Read More »
February 15, 2011


Link to California-based philanthropic organization will support job creation in low-income communities St. Louis, MO. February 15, 2011 – Urban Strategies, McCormack Baron Ragan and Green Streets have entered into a new partnership with REDF to connect public housing residents in San Francisco and other California cities with employment opportunities... Read More »
January 13, 2011

A school where attendance pays – literally

By Rebecca S. Rivas, The St. Louis American How does an inner-city principal get her elementary students and their families to commit to attendance and good behavior? An incentive of $300 is a good start, as Principal Natalie Means of Jefferson Elementary, 1301 Hogan St., discovered. In the fall, Jefferson... Read More »
December 30, 2010

Some parents cash in on their kids’ good behavior, attendance

By Elisa Crouch, St. Louis Post Dispatch Click here to read the full story from the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
December 17, 2010

Premiere early childhood center in North City

Children who skip past an early childhood education program often aren’t prepared to begin school. Natalie Means, principal of Jefferson Elementary School in North St. Louis, sees it all the time. New kindergarteners who don’t attend good pre-schools enter the school without knowing their own first and last names, addresses,... Read More »
August 30, 2010

St. Louis – Urban Strategies Partners with Jefferson Elementary School, St. Louis Public Schools and McCormack Baron Ragan To Offer Incentives for School Attendance.

Click here to read the full story from the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Click below for additional media coverage on the Jefferson Elementary School Incentive program. Kate Casas’s Interview with Charlie Brennan (KMOX) 08-31-10 is posted at Sandy Moore’s interview with Dave Glover (97.1 Talk) 08-31-10 is posted at... Read More »
August 29, 2010

New Orleans – Harmony Oaks Featured On NPR As The Nation Tracks Recovery Efforts Five After Katrina.

Click here to listen to the broadcast.
February 10, 2010

Hornets All-Star Guard Chirs Paul Dedicates Third Refurbished Basketball Court

NEW ORLEANS—Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul will be on hand to dedicate his third completed refurbished basketball court on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at A.L. Davis Playground (2600 LaSalle St. in Uptown.) The dedication will include interactive activities including a basketball clinic, inflatable games, Ochsner and Elmwood... Read More »
February 08, 2010

Former C.J. Peete resident, Ms. Triege Cotton, returns home to Harmony Oaks

Photo Featuring: Ms. Triege Cotton, former C.J. Peete resident and first head of household to return to Harmony Oaks; Mr. Alvin Harrison, Area Manager for McCormack Baron Ragan; Harmony Oaks Neighborhood Association represented by Jacqueline Johnson, Debbie Holmes, Pat Franklin and Jocquelyn Marshall Ms. Darlene Sanville, Urban Strategies Senior Case... Read More »
November 10, 2009

NNSP Conference

Washington D.C. For more information: Workshop and plenary descriptions: Registration link:
October 10, 2009

Urban Strategies Wins $1 Million Federal Grant for Community and Housing Revitalization Efforts in New Orleans St. Louis Business Journal | October 2, 2009
August 28, 2009

4 Years After Katrina, 90 “Magnolia” Housing Project Families Get Ready for Homecoming Four_Years_After_Katrina_New_Orleans_Residents_Prepare_for_Homecoming.htm | Tanu Henry | August 28, 2009

Coming Home: One Woman’s Return to New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina coming_home_one_womans_return_to_new_orleans_after_hurricane_katrina?Page=1 | As Told To Wendy L. Wilson | August 28, 2009
May 12, 2009

New designs hope to avoid past problems in public housing complexes new_designs_hope_to_avoid_past.html The Times-Picayune | By Katy Reckdahl | May 12, 2009
April 03, 2009

Defying economy, New Orleans keeps rebuilding Los Angeles Times | By Richard Fausset | April 3, 2009
January 08, 2009

Work starts on overhaul of C.J. Peete public housing complex in Central City The Times-Picayune | By Katy Reckdahl | January 8, 2009

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