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About UAA


UAA founded in 2012 is a 501© (3), non-profit community-based organization located in Sacramento, California.  UAA strategically coordinates and aligns resources of an entire community together to increase the educational success for all students in the Promise Zone, Sacramento’s federally designated high-poverty areas.

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Urban Advocates & Achievers (UAA), mission is to provide students and families with a holistic and personalized approach that empowers and uplifts both the student and their family in their pursuit of academic achievement, excellence, educational equity, and economic sustainability for an improved quality of life.


UAA’s vision is that all students and families receive an equitable educational experience, the best resources and support for academic achievement, economic stability, and personal development regardless of race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, ability/disability, and/or socioeconomic status thereby improving their quality of life.


“Every child deserves a world-class equitable educational experience”.


“It takes a village to raise a child, and a community to uplift a family”.



Urban Advocates & Achievers (UAA) has run a successful 6-year pilot project that began in August 2013 through August 2019 ​in collaboration with the ​Office of Campus Community Relations, (OCCR) at the University of California, Davis.  One reason UAA was established, was in response to numerous incidents that occur frequently at many schools across the United States that devastate the outcomes of students, specifically students in the education gap and students with disabilities.  In California where UAA is located there is a fractured educational system that needs to be fixed with a universal and equitable educational system. Every year more and more marginalized students are placed into the School-to-Prison Pipeline.  Our “Urban Trailblazer”, Alecia K. Eugene-Chasten responded, “Not on UAA’s watch”!


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Change Agents


Alecia K. Eugene-Chasten

“Urban Trailblazer” 

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

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Tinisha Davis – “Tenacious T”,

Deputy Director Programs & Services


Jackie Buchanan

“Urban Operator” Deputy Director Operations & Development


Alecia K. Eugene-Chasten



Our Urban Trailblazer’s Story

Alecia K. Eugene-Chasten is the Founder/CEO of the Urban Advocates & Achievers.

The creation of UAA was inspired by the lack of educational equity in many

school districts across the United States, the lack of 21st Century Learning

opportunities that continues to affect outcomes for many students and families

of color and to

STOP the School-to-Prison-Pipeline and

START-the-Pipeline-to-Educational Opportunities.


Ms. Eugene-Chasten, a parent of three children in the education gap had

spent over $15,000 at Sylvan Learning Center to help her children.

However, it did not help until Alecia researched, learned, and self-trained

herself on how to advocate on behalf of her children and received the

needed resources to support her children’s educational success! The

outcomes for Eugene-Chasten’s three adult children produced productive

citizens and college graduates from Mills College, California State

University, Eastbay and San Jose State University.

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