Our mission is to eliminate barriers to family thriving in
over-burdened and under-resourced communities.
We do this by centering the voices, lived experiences, goals, and priorities of residents from these communities in the decisions, research, and investments in their communities so that residents are the primary beneficiaries.
At UrbanKind, we believe:
UrbanKind Institute is a think-and-do tank. Rooted in a commitment to equity and social justice, we bridge the gap between community experiences, public policy and academic research, bringing people and ideas together that would not otherwise meet.
Informed by a diverse set of experiences and a critical, interdisciplinary lens, we undertake research, community building, and equity-based facilitation. We seek to expand equitable and just outcomes, strengthen the voices of often-excluded populations, and improve youth outcomes. Our work spans several areas: education, environment, housing, jobs, neighborhoods, public safety, and transportation.
Our success is rooted in our belief in asking critical questions. Acknowledging, understanding, and discussing contentious or uncomfortable issues is necessary to address problems and create effective solutions. Positive change--change that benefits all parties--doesn't happen without honest and sometimes tough conversations.