Culture: Our Mission, Vision & Values
At the Center for Urban Excellence (CUE), we foster resilience in system-involved youth cultivating wellness, antifragility and igniting transformation through holistic educational, economic, social, and artistic opportunities. Every youth we serve has a wealth of promise; our role is to unlock it. Regardless of background or circumstances, we believe in their capacity to rise, to shine, and to lead. Our programs are tailored to build skills that prepare youth, young adults and their families for success in a rapidly changing world.
Artistic and social emotional expression forms a cornerstone of our approach. Our arts education not only allows youth to express themselves creatively but also plays a pivotal role in enhancing their social emotional intelligence.
Our Fostering Resilience framework and training equips youth, young adults and their families with strategies to rebound from adversity, while our youth leadership development program nurtures their potential as future community leaders. We prepare our youth for their futures through comprehensive college and career readiness programs and foster critical thinking through critical media literacy education.
Since our founding in 2016, we have served and supported over 560 young individuals, equipping them with the tools and resources to overcome obstacles and pursue their passions. Through our programs, 75% of our participants reported an increase in self-confidence and resilience, 80% of in-school youth improved their academic performance, and over 90% expressed having a positive outlook of their future.
Our commitment extends beyond mere services. We strive to create safe, inclusive spaces where young minds can grow, learn, and explore their unique abilities. We measure our success in the confident, capable, and resilient leaders who emerge from our programs, ready to make an impact on their communities. Join us in shaping the leaders of tomorrow.
Since 2016, our vision is to create a world where every individual has the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of their circumstances or background. We believe that every person has unique talents and strengths, and that with the right support and resources, they can overcome adversity and succeed in life.
We are committed to working with communities to identify and address the root causes of inequality and injustice, and to provide the support and resources that individuals need to thrive. We envision a world where everyone has access to education, healthcare, and opportunities for personal and professional growth, and where everyone is valued and respected for their unique contributions.
We are dedicated to building a world that is inclusive, equitable, and just, and we are committed to working towards this vision every day through our actions and our partnerships. We believe that by working together, we can create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.