The UrbanPromise Charlotte Mission:

Our mission is to provide Charlotte’s children and youth with the spiritual, academic, and social development necessary to become Christian leaders determined to restore their communities.

Our History

Jimmy McQuilkin, UrbanPromise Charlotte founder, arrived in Charlotte in 2009 as a Teach For America corps member. He spent four years teaching high school Spanish and coaching basketball at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. During his time at Berry, Jimmy enjoyed tremendous joys and deep relationships with his students. However, he also found himself longing to develop a program where students could discover hope and purpose, experience character development, and come alive through leadership opportunities.

In the summer of 2011, Jimmy worked as a summer camp director with UrbanPromise Honduras. As he worked with the youth in Copan Ruinas and witnessed God’s impact on the community through UrbanPromise, he realized that the UrbanPromise model would be a perfect fit for Charlotte.

After sharing his vision with UrbanPromise founder Bruce Main, Jimmy launched UrbanPromise Charlotte in the fall of 2013 in the South Boulevard Corridor. In the fall of 2016, UrbanPromise Charlotte launched a second site off of Freedom Drive. UrbanPromise started it’s third site off of Idlewild Road in the fall of 2017.