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About the Event

In these evolving times, it is incredibly important for future generations to have access to e-learning platforms to build trust and enhance social and emotional skills. In 2018, Dignity for All (DFA), a trauma-informed bullying prevention program was announced for whole-school implementation to offer students, parents, teachers and other professionals the tools they need to develop skills in reflection, empathy and teamwork. Participants are asked to examine core values and beliefs, as well as the importance of relationships to help create a more supportive climate for education.

Urban Tech is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational corporation determined to close the divide in low-income communities. The annual Benefit Gala raises much-needed funding to continue delivering its programs across the country. This year’s gala will be held on June 12, 2019 in New York City at the Park Hyatt. The reception begins at 6:30pm, with the dinner and program at 7:30pm. We are delighted that Vernon Jordan is the gala’s Honorary Patron and Lisa & David Grain (last year’s honorees) are the Honorary Chairs.

The gala will recognize Michael Lomax, Ph.D., President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). He will receive Urban Tech’s “Humanitarian Award.” Dr. Lomax is a leading advocate of college readiness, and he oversees the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will receive the “Global Community Leadership Award.” As you may know, EDF is an organization focused on practical solutions to today’s global environmental threats. Guided by evidence-based science and economics, Environmental Defense Fund’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.

Our History

Urban Tech is a not-for-profit educational corporation founded in 1995 by former IBM executive Pat Bransford to build innovative technology training programs and provide resources for academic and financial literacy skills in underserved communities. For over 24 years, Urban Tech has connected students and families, in under-served communities, to digital literacy, financial literacy, comprehensive health education and life skills that are critical to academic and career success; and has built over 500 technology centers in disadvantaged communities across the country to provide access to jobs.

Our Honorees


Michael Lomax

Humanitarian Award

Since 2004, Dr. Michael L. Lomax has served as president and CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students and a leading advocate of college readiness: students’ need for an education, from pre-school through high school, that prepares them for college success. Under his leadership, UNCF has raised more than $1.5 billion and helped more than 110,000 students earn college degrees and launch careers. Annually, UNCF’s work enables 60,000 students to go to college with UNCF scholarships and attend its 37 member historically black college and universities (HBCUs).

At UNCF’s helm, Dr. Lomax oversees the organization’s 400 scholarship programs, which award 10,000 scholarships a year. He also launched the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, which helps UNCF’s member HBCUs become stronger, more effective and more self-sustaining.

Under Dr. Lomax’s leadership, UNCF has fought for college readiness and education reform through partnerships with reform-focused leaders and organizations and worked to further advance HBCUs with Congress, the administration and the Department of Education. He serves on the boards of the KIPP Foundation, America’s Promise, the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of African American History and Culture and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Before joining UNCF, Dr. Lomax was president of Dillard University in New Orleans and a literature professor at UNCF-member institutions Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. He also founded the National Black Arts Festival and served as chairman of the Fulton County Commission in Atlanta, the first African American elected to that post.


Environmental Defense Fund

Global Community Leadership Award

Environmental Defense Fund or EDF (formerly known as Environmental Defense) is a United States-based nonprofit environmental advocacy group. The group is known for its work on issues including global warming, ecosystem restoration, oceans, and human health, and advocates using sound science, economics and law to find environmental solutions that work. It is nonpartisan, and its work often advocates market-based solutions to environmental problems.

The group’s headquarters are in New York City, with offices across the US, with scientists and policy specialists working worldwide. Regional offices more focused on local issues and policies include Austin, Texas; Boston; Boulder, Colorado; Los Angeles; Raleigh, North Carolina; Sacramento, California; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.

Fred Krupp has served as its president since 1984. In May 2011 Krupp was among a group of experts named by US Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to a subcommittee of the Energy Advisory Board that was charged with making recommendations to improve the safety and environmental performance of natural gas hydraulic fracturing from shale formations. The subcommittee issued an interim report in August and its final report in November of the same year.

In 1991, The Economist called EDF “America’s most economically literate green campaigners. ”The organization was ranked first among environmental groups in a 2007 Financial Times global study of 850 business-nonprofit partnerships and received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator.


The gala is a major marketing and brand awareness event for your business or corporation. Over a period of four (4) months, The National Urban Technology Center will market the gala to increase brand awareness and visibility for our sponsors and honorees and will cultivate new potential donors for Urban Tech. A major highlight of the evening is an inspiring tribute to the honorees, a silent auction, and a live auction featuring a celebrity auctioneer. The cocktail hour is well known to be one of the top networking events in New York City. This is your opportunity to network with some of the top power players in New York City’s corporate community. The gala website is another great opportunity for additional exposure for your brand or corporation. It is the highlight leading up to our event, and provides up-to-date information on the gala’s happenings. In the weeks preceding the event, attendees can visit the site to see what auction items have been added, view photos of past galas, and read up on our honorees’ biographies.


Urban Tech’s Adopt-A-School Program offers individuals and corporations the opportunity to build direct, personal relationships with schools and students, and to have a meaningful impact on their success. Through the Adopt-A-School program, Urban Tech ‘s goal is to transform lives of underserved youth through the power of technology by giving youth the capacity for positive behavior and academic success. We achieve our mission by teaching students essential life skills and by training and coaching parents and educators to support social and emotional learning.

Since 2000, Urban Tech also focused on developing the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), an online curriculum that strengthens social and emotional skills to help students regulate their emotions, interact positively with peers, make responsible decisions, and persevere through obstacles and hardship. Urban Tech believes that these skills are necessary to close the achievement gap and to support more students as the wheels of progress continue to divide us.

This year’s sponsorships will provide access to Urban Tech’s curriculum and teacher training to help schools establish safe and supportive environments capable of fostering emotional growth and empathy, and put an end to the discrimination, harassment and bullying that so often interfere with students’ educational performance.

Donation levels range from $12,500 to $100,000. Your generosity helps us to continue providing these vital services to change the lives of disadvantaged students across the US – and we cannot do it without you.

2018 GALA

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2019-05-10 16_00_55-Teacher Testimonial - YouTube

"Urban Tech's Dignity for All program is giving us and our students a voice. It provides a platform for character development that will support our students' empowerment as agents of change and effective leaders in our school community, in their neighborhood, and perhaps even on the world stage."

Keisha Ramrattan

Teacher at MS 354 in Brooklyn, NY


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