A safe place for youth without a home

Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only nonprofit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Urban Peak's goal is to help these youth overcome real life challenges and become self-sufficient adults. To support Urban Peak in their mission of igniting the potential in youth, Bank of America awarded the organization the 2016 Neighborhood Builder grant.

“The Neighborhood Builder Grant was transformational for Urban Peak. It gave us the opportunity to focus on leadership development, which in turn helped us deliver our mission and reach our vision. The youth that Urban Peak serves are worthy of the services we provide, and as we strive to bring homelessness out of the shadows, this grant was pivotal in our success,” said Christina Carlson, Urban Peak CEO.

Through Neighborhood Builders, the bank provides nonprofits with a combination of leadership development, $200,000 in flexible funding, a network of peer organizations across the U.S. and the opportunity to access capital in order to expand their impact.

“We recognize the critical role that nonprofits and their leaders play to build pathways to economic progress in the Denver community,” said Jodi Rolland, Colorado State and Denver market president, Bank of America. “Through our Neighborhood Builders program, we continue to connect outstanding nonprofits, like Urban Peak, to the funding and leadership development resources they need to scale their impact and help our community to thrive.”

Through safe housing, including Denver’s first and only licensed daytime drop-in center and overnight youth shelter, and a combination of services, Urban Peak provides opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness to progress from the streets to a shelter, to family reunification or to a safe and stable home of their own. Every year Urban Peak serves more than 1,800 young people.

Over the last 15 years, Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders program has helped nonprofits create greater impact in their communities. Through the program, Bank of America has invested more than $180 million in 900 nonprofit organizations across the country, providing leadership resources to nearly 2,000 nonprofit leaders.

In the Denver market, Bank of America has invested in six nonprofits through the Neighborhood Builders grant program since 2013 and more than $3.8 million in the community through ongoing grants and local partnerships.

10/25/18


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The Neighborhood Builders Grant was transformational for Urban Peak. It gave us the opportunity to focus on leadership development, which in turn helped us deliver our mission and reach our vision.

Christina Carlson
Urban Peak CEO