Welcome to the Urban Village

Cultivating Connection, Collaboration, & Kinship

Connection. Collaboration. Kinship.

The Urban Village is a Karen community space designed to cultivate connection, collaboration, and kinship both inside and outside its walls - both inside and outside the Karen Community. Our Family Academy Model works to enhance home-to-classroom engagement through the empowerment of parents and the support of students. At the Urban Village, we believe that the road to opportunity and achievement can be difficult to travel alone. We believe, it takes a village.

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The Urban Village

The Urban Village Saint Paul Minnesota

Who we are. What we do.

The Urban Village is a Karen community space on the east side of Saint Paul, Minnesota. We're a launch pad for Karen students, artists, leaders, entrepreneurs, dreams, businesses, movements, and community projects. Our vision is big but our strategy is simple...

Be a village. 

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From watering hole to watering seeds

The building of 1082 Arcade Street was once used to serve its neighbors alcohol, now, it just serves its neighbors. The Urban Village is a gathering space for individuals, groups, entrepreneurs, organizers, ideas, movements, and dreams with the intention of not only being space, but fertile soil for seeds of hope to grow. As The Urban Village expands, so does it’s capacity to not only provide space, but to share resources, create connections, and cultivate new opportunities for and within the Karen community. Our village is a bar repurposed - where the source of connection is reimagined - offering a sense of community that is redefined.

Our Story - "The Power of Kinship"

Our liberation is bound up with one another, so let us work together.

Village Values

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Kinship

Kinship

When we begin to identify with someone else, it no longer becomes a question if their humanity is worth fighting for, we never stop fighting for our own.

Sharing

Sharing

We believe in the power of sharing resources, time, ideas, and support. We hope that what you receive will be reflective of what you give. Come give. Come receive.

Mutual Learning

Mutual Learning

Student or teacher. Mentor or mentee. We believe that we all have lessons to learn and something to teach. No one has the corner in this village. We learn alongside one another.

Inclusion

Inclusion

No matter your background, your religion, your skin color, your gender identity, your ability, your sexual orientation, your education, your family history, or your personal story. You, are welcome in our village.

Resilience

Resilience

We honor the resilience of the Karen people, who have known grit and perseverance in the face of great trials and injustice. So then, at The Urban Village we will be gritty, we will persevere, we will adapt, we will get flexible, and we will pass it on.

Solidarity

Solidarity

We believe that justice is holistic and that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere”. Therefore, as this organization hopes to work for justice, equality, and opportunity for the Karen people, it will always stand in solidarity with other marginalized people groups and other causes for justice. Always.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about the Urban Village? Contact us today. We would love to hear from you, and help with any questions you may have.

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The Urban Village
1082 Arcade Street
St. Paul MN 55106

612.987.3203

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