Urban Alliance Baltimore receives $200K grant from Bank of America

Ursula V. Battle | 12/23/2016, 6 a.m.
Shaquille Brooks, 21, a graduate of Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore proudly talks about his internship with the investment ...
(Left to right) Kevin Wilson, an alumnus of Urban Alliance Baltimore; Stephanie Amponsah, executive director, Urban Alliance Baltimore; Sabina Kelly, Greater Maryland Market President for Bank of America; and Eshauna Smith, CEO of the Urban Alliance holding the $200,000 check awarded to Urban Alliance Baltimore by Bank of America at the Baltimore Museum of Art on Monday, December 5, 2016. Courtesy Photo

— “This grant provides us with the opportunity to be creative and flexible, which is something that non-profits rarely have,” said Smith. “That is a very special component to this award because it allows us to be flexible to meet the needs of those we serve. This award also provides professional opportunities that will allow our clients to grow into professional leaders over time.”

Kevin Wilson, an alumnus of the Urban Alliance Baltimore is one of them. The 18-year-old currently attends Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), and plans to become an accountant or international banker.

“The program opened my eye to see the business world is a great place to be,” said Wilson, who is a graduate of Northwestern High School. “Through the program, I was able to get a paid

internship with Bank of America. It was amazing. I was given the wonderful opportunity to see how people do business.”

He added, “I sat among business people who earned their degrees, are working as executives, and I listened to what they had to say. I also learned about loans, how they work, how you should come into a bank and discuss loans, and buying a house. I watched and learned how business is handled, and that experience was invaluable.”

For more information visit www.theurbanalliance.org