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Connect. Heal. Launch.

At The Urban Village we know that the road to opportunity and achievement can be difficult to travel alone. We believe it takes a village. 

Our MISSION

To empower continuing generations of Karen and Karenni youth to connect, heal, and launch. 

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Help Launch our youth

CONNECT

We believe connecting starts inward with self, then bravely grows outward into relationships that reach across divides. Our youth need opportunities to explore their cultural heritage, history, and homeland in order to understand their identity as they go out into the world as connectors and peacemakers.

HEAL

Given the realities of violence and displacement our community has faced, we believe creating opportunities for youth to engage with and heal from past and present traumas/hurts/injustices are absolutely necessary for a more robust and sustainable launch.

LAunch

This is our calling. Our village incubates dreams and future leaders. We don't stop at a nurturing environment, we intentionally carve out and engage opportunities that tactically allow youth to grow and thrive beyond our village.

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WHAT WE DO

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OUR EVENTS

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OUR PORJECTS

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OUR RESOURCES

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Upcoming Events

  • Jun 09, 3:00 PM – Jun 12, 1:00 PM
    St. Croix state park, 30065 St Croix Park Rd, Hinckley, MN 55037, USA
    This 3 day camp at St. Croix state park will provide a structured and fun space for Karen young adults to connect and heal alongside their peers. It's going to be a blast! Join us!
  • Jul 30, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM CDT
    Shoreview, 3611 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126, USA
    Bring your nice car and enjoy the show
  • Aug 04, 2023, 5:00 PM – Aug 07, 2023, 5:00 AM
    Ojibway Park, Woodbury, MN
    To honor the Karen heroes.

How we share our space

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Community Space

Marketplace

Resources

We are sharing this space with Karen and Karenni communities. Here are some of the programs that The Urban Village has supported with its space.

SOFT TV, Asian Youth Outreach, and Youth in Action.

"Since August 2020, The Urban Village has been using its space and platform to empower Karen and Karenni artisans and entrepreneurs to sell their work. This online and physical marketplace promotes cultural preservation all while creating opportunity and revenue for it’s partners.

Here are some of the resources that we provide. Small business relief program, spreading important info and providing COVID-19 education. 

"If you have come here to help me then you are wasting your time. But, if you have come because you LIBERATION is bound up with mine, then let us work together."

-Lilla Watson

GIVE TODAY TO HELP kids in Kawthoolei

What we do outside of the Village.

We are also serving our Karen community in Kawthoolei. In 2021, we traveled to Kawthoolei twice. We delivered food, shoes, hammocks, and other aid to the Internal Displaced People in Kawthoolei. 

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MEDIA

01. Bethel University

A Humanitarian Crisis That Hits Close to Home

02. MPR News

Minnesotans travel to Myanmar region to support persecuted Karen

03. MPR News

MN activists return from work with Karen refugees in Myanmar region

04. Arrive Ministries

Former Arrive Volunteer on the Posture of Service

05. Far from an embattled home

Ethnic Karen refugees watch their violence-filled homeland in Myanmar from a distance

Karen News

Learn more about what is happening in Karen State

Karenni News

Learn more about what is happening in Karenni state.

Myanmar News

Learn more about what is happening in Myanmar.

Village News

Learn more about what is happening in our village.