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The National Urban Technology Center, Inc. (Urban Tech) is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1995 by former IBM executive Pat Bransford to build innovative technology training programs and provide academic and financial literacy skills in underserved communities.


Urban Tech believes that these skills are necessary to close the achievement gap and support more students. 

Urban Tech is committed to creating solutions for underserved students that:

  • Provide students with the tools to recognize and prevent bullying behavior 

  • Engage students in real-life scenarios to promote critical thinking and empathy 

  • Use technology platforms to enrich students’ learning experience

  • Provide opportunities to improve digital literacy, financial education, and career development 

  • Invest in schools and provide support to teachers and parents to enrich students’ education 

Urban Tech has connected students and families to tools that are critical to academic and career success, including:

  • digital literacy, 

  • financial literacy, 

  • comprehensive health education, and 

  • essential life skills. 

Urban Tech is dedicated to closing the digital divide that exists in underserved communities and has built over 750 technology training centers in disadvantaged communities across the country to provide access to jobs.  

Powered by technology, Urban Tech is helping to reshape the learning experience. We provide cutting-edge curricula that nurture leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, social and emotional learning, pro-social behaviors, team building, creativity, healthy habits, digital literacy, and financial literacy. We help to develop and nurture those life and competitiveness skills necessary for success in a 21st-century, global economy.


To ensure that our programs are implemented with the highest quality of instruction, Urban Tech works in partnership with schools, afterschool programs, community-based organizations, faith-based institutions, and youth development centers.


Approximately 90% of Urban Tech’s families are Black and Latino; their per capita income is at or slightly above the poverty level.

49% Hispanic/Latino
42% Black/
African American
5% White
3% Asian/Pacific Islander
1% Native American

New York City

The Bronx
Save Our Streets South Bronx
South Bronx Academy for Applied Media

Aspirations Diploma Plus High School
M.S. 354 The School of Integrated Learning
P.S. 056 Lewis H. Latimer

Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA)
Harvey Milk High School

August Martin High School
Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72  

Civic Leadership Academy
Corona Arts & Sciences Academy
I.S. 237
I.S. 250 The Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School
J.H.S. 074 Nathaniel Hawthorne
J.H.S. 185 Edward Bleeker
J.H.S. 226 Virgil I. Grissom P.S. 043
Preparatory Academy for Writers: A College Board School
Queens School of Inquiry Queens United Middle School
SONYC/Parsons Beacon Community School The Child Center of NY
Waterside School For Leadership YABC/Flushing High School



27th Anniversary Fundraising

June 22, 2022

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
409 E 59th St,
New York, NY 10022

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