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Feb 08th

Urban Ventures hires General Manager

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Nico Diaz joins Urban Ventures as General Manager for the Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center and Cristo Rey High School Urban Ventures announced that Former Air Force Captain Nico Diaz has joined its staff as general manager for the Colin Powell Youth Leadership center and the Cristo Rey High School, which opens this fall. Diaz will oversee information technology, maintenance, security and the Urban Stars sports program.

Diaz was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Nogales, Ariz. Diaz graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Management. Diaz served as an officer in the Air Force for nine years with assignments in Rapid City, S.D., Altus, Okla. and Arlington, Va. He and his wife Katherine have four children.

"I was attracted to Urban Ventures by the mission and the people. After making the decision to leave the Air Force, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to work with great people committed to a noble mission. I feel certain that I've found that here," said Diaz.

The Center will serve at least 25,000 youth annually, providing after-school academic support, music and art opportunities, leadership training and athletic teams for at-risk kids in first through ninth grade. In addition to these Urban Ventures programs, the new 160,000 square-foot facility will house Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. The grand opening will take place Oct. 4.

Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation opened in 1993 as a faith-based nonprofit community development organization serving the communities in South Minneapolis. The mission of Urban Ventures is to build successful community by developing youth leadership, strengthening families and creating meaningful work opportunities.

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