Leadership Development

Discovering leadership talents and potential is critical for the success of a  community, organization or company. For a community to be innovative and progressive, they need a team that is prepared and skilled in qualities that propel its leaders and organizations to excellence. At Urban Strategies, we recognize that traditional leadership models are often not inclusive of the values, uniqueness and perspectives of a community. As a result, we strive to take sophisticated leadership models and create leadership training of company, organization or church community expressed in the cultural language of the organization to ensure greater depth of understanding.

Urban Strategies Leadership Development Series includes:

·       Partnership Series, 3-6 months of tailored trainings to meet the need of clients

·       Women and Leadership

·       Diversity and Leadership

·       Lunch and Learn

·       Coaching

·       Keynote/ Public Speaking

Bienestar – cultivating our well-being

Bienestar is a health and wellness initiative by Urban Strategies that aims to help faith leaders address the greatest health needs in their communities.  We achieve this by carrying out outreach, training and education to help community leaders determine how best to build the wellness of their community.  This project is currently being implemented in Florida, South Texas and Arizona.  For more information on this project, please go to our website below.


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FuturoNow Fatherhood Project (FNFP)

In October 2011, Urban Strategies, as a subcontractor to The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU), launched the Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood project with funding from the Administration of Children and Families (ACF). Working in partnership with local community and faith-based organizations, the FNFP provides parenting and marriage education, financial literacy, and employment assistance to primarily low-income Hispanics in a four-county region of Southern California (Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties). This project serves as a starting point for fathers looking to connect with programs that can help make them responsible and involved in their child’s life.


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Latino Best Start Program


In 2012, Urban Strategies launched the national “Latino Best Start” Campaign that focuses on breastfeeding, one of the Surgeon General’s Healthy People 2020 goals. Funding by the W.K. Kellogg foundation and in partnership with ten community and faith-based organizations throughout the country, this program is designed to provide tools and resources that will support Hispanic-serving community and faith-based grass-roots organizations’ efforts to promote, educate, and support the practice of exclusive breastfeeding in the Hispanic community.


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Covered California Outreach and Education Program

In July 2013, Urban Strategies, as a subcontractor to The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU), is launching an 18-month initiative to increase the number of Californians that access health care through high-quality outreach and education services. In partnership with local community and faith-based organizations, this initiative reaches primarily low-income Hispanics in a four-county region of Southern California (Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties).


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Ventanillas de Bienestar (Windows of Well Being)

In June 2013, Urban Strategies partnered with the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) to deliver the Ventanillas de Bienestar training webinars & technical assistance to community-based behavioral health organizations on how to do effective outreach and implement the best enrollment strategies to uninsured and newly eligible Latinos.


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Connecting Kids to Coverage

In 2012, Urban Strategies partnered with Fleishman Hillard and GMMB in the promotions and outreach of the national “Connecting Kids to Coverage” Campaign for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This campaign is raising awareness among eligible families about children’s health coverage under Medicaid and CHIP. Urban Strategies creates resources and materials, conducts webinars, and provides its expertise and knowledge to design campaign strategies that are inclusive of Hispanic audiences, as well as provide assistance in the development of local partnerships in select markets.


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National Alliance for Hispanic Families

Hispanics have become the nation’s largest ethnic minority at 38.8 million individuals, or 13% of the U.S. population. As the Hispanic community continues to grow, so do their unmet needs. To help bridge this gap, Urban Strategies launched a new coalition representing community and faith-based organizations serving Hispanic families.

During a 6-month design phase, we engaged 20 national Hispanic leaders in a strategic planning process that we followed with a national conference focused on strengthening Hispanic families. Since then, to increase awareness on Hispanic issues, we have delivered high-impact presentations to audiences that include the Harvard University’s School of Public Policy and the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, among others.

To inform policy direction, we commissioned a series of research papers developed by Hispanic academicians and presented them to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. And to increase dialogue about healthy Hispanic families throughout the Hispanic community, Urban Strategies developed and implemented a communications strategy that engaged community-based organizations in 10 Town Halls throughout the country. We also developed and launched the HispanicFamily.org website and accompanying blog that shares information with more than 2,000 organizational leaders on Hispanic opportunities and news.


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Access to Recovery Program (SAMHSA)

Urban Strategies has a long history of providing culturally appropriate training and technical assistance (T/TA) to grassroots organizations serving disenfranchised communities. That’s why our team was selected as a T/TA contractor to equip Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Access to Recovery (ATR) grantees and providers with a variety of skills. Our approach included site visits, telephone conferencing, email coaching, workshop presentations, and the development of learning materials, all of which increased the participation of community and faith-based organizations (CFBOs) in ATR.

We specifically developed and conducted multiple recruitment strategies and provided TA and outreach to hundreds of CFBOs across five states. We also participated in a 30/60/90-day TA blitz strategy and conducted trainings to providers applying to the ATR network. Furthermore, we conducted multiple Built for Lasting Impact trainings, a three-day nonprofit capacity-building training for organizations that provide substance abuse recovery services in Texas and California.

Through this contract, we also developed two manuals: one titled Promising Practices of Engaging Faith-Based Service Providers, which details the processes and tools utilized with several ATR grantees to recruit, engage, and support faith-based and other non-traditional service providers in the recovery system of care. The second is titled Organizational and Informational Resource Manual, which serves as a step-by-step toolkit for nonprofit organizations.

Grass Roots Capacity Building

Urban Strategies designed, recruited partners, secured funding, launched, and managed training and technical assistance capacity-building initiatives working with community-based organizations serving the needs of youth and families in the Hispanic communities.

For example, our work in Los Angeles and San Antonio included program management, one-on-one technical assistance, curriculum development, event management, and sub-award processing of $1.5 million for the two phrases. Phase I was completed in 2007 with 27 organizations reporting expanded and enhanced services. Phase II was completed in September 2010 with organizations serving 3,800 additional participants.


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Head Start

Urban Strategies has been working since 2007 to help Head Start organizations excel in providing the best quality of services to low-income children and families. We provide training and technical assistance to Head Start organizations like yours to help improve the quality of education, services, and engagement within your programs. And our trainings are tailored to the specific needs of each Head Start group we work with. Our services meet you where you are today and effectively engage with you to improve children and families’ Head Start experiences now and in the future.

Training and Technical Assistance: Helping Head Start Organizations Succeed

Using a systems approach, our staff offers a range of organizational and programmatic enhancement training services available in-person and remotely.

Enhancing Your Organization

  • Strategic and Operational Planning
  • Personnel Policies
  • Board Development
  • Program Management
  • Record-Keeping and Reporting
  • Fiscal Operations
  • Performance Audits

Enhancing Your Program

  • 360 Program Assessment
  • Reflective Supervision Training
  • Parent and Family Engagement, Responsible Fatherhood
  • Partnership Development
  • Addressing Services for English Language Learners
  • Cultural Relevance and Diversity
  • Program Evaluation and Monitoring

Head Start Healthy Marriage and Family Initiative

Under the Head Start Healthy Marriage and Family Initiative (HMFI), Urban Strategies has provided ongoing professional development training in the area of parent, family, and community engagement to Head Start grantees through coaching, mentoring, and onsite consultation. Through this work, we deliver ongoing training and technology assistance to 24 Head Start/Early Head Start HMFI grantees across the country. The work incorporates strategic planning and program development tailored to each grantee’s unique program, ongoing progress monitoring, one-on-one consultation, event coordination, and program management.

To help grantees measure the success of their projects while building their evaluation capacity, we also facilitated a program assessment process that included the development of data collection tools and procedures to gather self-report data from over 8,000 program participants. As a part of our work, we also provide family strengthening training at regional and state Head Start conferences nationwide.


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Family Bridges & Creciendo Unidos

Urban Strategies developed, implemented, and provided varying levels of management for this dual-city initiative in Chicago and Phoenix that has reached more than 30,000 low-income Hispanics, of whom approximately 25% are youth. These projects have mobilized an extensive network of community and faith-based organizations and have trained and certified 600 community leaders to provide family strengthening education.

The programs’ initial evaluation findings indicate that 36% of couples and 32% of individual participants reported an increase in their annual income; and 50% of couples receiving public assistance (e.g., WIC, food stamps, housing assistance) at the onset of the program are no longer on public assistance. Moreover, participants reported fewer stressors in their lives and are maintaining their learned relationship skills.


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FuturoNow Family Strengthening Initiative

In 2006, Urban Strategies, in collaboration with TELACU (the nation’s largest community development corporation), launched the FuturoNow Family Strengthening Initiative. Targeting more than 25,000 low-income Hispanic residents in a four-county area of Southern California (Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties), FuturoNow provides leadership, capacity building, and nationally recognized expertise in the delivery of family strengthening education programs. These supports, along with the partnerships of deeply connected community and faith-based organizations, create a singularly powerful, effective program.


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Administration for Children and Families

In 2010 and 2011, Urban Strategies was tasked with developing outreach and engagement strategies to help ACF better connect with and mobilize grassroots community organizations to provide social services to our nation’s neediest families. One of our primary accomplishments under this contract was the execution of a two-day training workshop in five cities across the United States called “You’re Next: Accessing Federal Funding.” Meetings were attended by organizations serving Hispanic and other emerging populations and structured to provide training to enhance understanding of federal funding opportunities and guidelines.

Urban Strategies coordinated all aspects of these meetings, including logo and brand development, materials development, venue selection, marketing and promotion, registration, onsite logistics, training delivery, and participant feedback. We also produced video segments of each of the 12 workshop components.