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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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WHO WE ARE

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EVENTS

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PROGRAMS

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SOLIDARITY

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How we share our space

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Community Space

Marketplace

Art Gallery 

We offer our culturally relevant community space to many different community led projects. We see The Urban Village as fertile soil for programs to grow. We currently provide space for multiple KOM programs, Asian Youth Outreach, SE Asian Poetry Slams, and food distributions. 

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 its partners. Support our artists!

Our village is the only culturally relevant space for the Karen and Karenni communities in all of the US. We have over 100 pieces of art curated by over 25 Karen and Karenni artists. We also have historical and cultural artifacts and clothing. Come to our space and see for yourself!

"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

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What we do outside of our Village.

In 2021, our team traveled to Kawthoolei (Eastern Myanmar) on two separate occasions to stand in solidarity with internally displaced people. Learn more about the military coup happening in Myanmar below.

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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.

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