USA: UrbanPromise Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
About this ministry

UrbanPromise Charlotte, since its inception in 2013, has worked to develop Charlotte’s children and youth into Christian leaders determined to restore their communities. Our vision is three-fold: Reach a Child, Raise a Leader, Restore Community.

UrbanPromise Charlotte reaches younger children through our AfterSchool Programs and Summer Camps and raises high school leaders who are employed as mentors and counselors in these programs. Our ultimate goal is to restore community as a new generation of young leaders affects social, economic, and spiritual revitalization in their neighborhoods and the city of Charlotte.



Areas of Focus

AfterSchool Programs & Summer Camps

  • Our neighborhood-based programs serve the South Boulevard corridor in southwest Charlotte, the Ashley Park neighborhood in west Charlotte, and the east Charlotte community near Idlewild Road.

StreetLeader Program

  • Offers year-round employment to Charlotte’s teenagers
  • StreetLeaders work as counselors, tutors, and mentors for children in our AfterSchool and Summer Camp Programs
  • StreetLeaders also receive extensive job training, tutoring, and college preparation to help them succeed in and outside of the program

Mentorship Program

  • Pairs StreetLeaders with mentor leaders from the Charlotte community
  • Mentors provide guidance, feedback, and wisdom to facilitate the growth and development of StreetLeaders
Our neighborhood-based programs serve the South Boulevard corridor in southwest Charlotte, the Idlewild Elementary neighborhood in east Charlotte and the Ashley Park neighborhood in west Charlotte.
We provide children with fun, educationally-based, and age-appropriate activities, including art, music, sports and recreation, Bible study (i.e. activities aimed at bringing to life Christian principles such as love, respect, forgiveness, etc.), life skills workshops, guest speakers, community service activities, and field trips.
The heart of the StreetLeader Program is challenging teens to use their influence to make positive changes in the lives of younger children, in their own lives, and throughout their communities.
Nov 5, 2013

A new beginning

Jimmy McQuilkin is one of my new heroes.  Jimmy graduated from Wake Forest University, spent a summer as an intern with UrbanPromise Honduras, taught for a few years with Teach for America, and then was hired as a middle school Spanish teacher in Charlotte, NC.  Two years ago Jimmy shared his interest in starting an UrbanPromise in Charlotte.  “I love teaching,” he confided, “but these kids need...