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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 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

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New York City
The Bronx
Save Our Streets South Bronx
South Bronx Academy for Applied Media
J.H.S. 098 Herman Ridder
M.S. 113 – Ronald Edmunds Learning Center
M.S. 126 – John Ericsson Middle School
M.S. 313 – Dock Street School for STEAM Studies
I.S. 318 – Eugenio Maria de Hostos
M.S. 354 – The School of Integrated Learning
J.H.S. 383 – Philippa Schuyler
I.S. 392 – School for Gifted and Talented
M.S. 691 – Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
Council of School Supervisors and
Administrators (CSA)
Harvey Milk High School
Harold O. Levy 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 Mid School

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