TRANSFORMING URBAN CULTURE
We work to change the cultural environment of our communities in order to stop senseless violence. Through invading the most influential segments of Urban Culture, we intrude with actual alternative life experiences that transform and empower.
WHAT WE DOWe believe effective influence of popular Urban Culture will require a unique and innovative approach.
We invade Urban Culture and with intrusive activities that provide alternative life experiences, we transform values, attitudes, morals and ideas. In turn, destructive behavior also changes. Our Urban Specialists can invade Urban Culture through respective experiences to bring its citizens into the light of positive living.
WHO WE ARE
We are Urban Specialists™ and we love what we do.
Our headquarters is located in Dallas, TX.
Our training and methodology equips Urban Specialists™ to ensure a safe and productive environment for participants to evaluate their values and learn to change behavior. Our activities emphasize goal-setting, self-exploration, visualization of an alternative future, development of personal relationships, career pathways, and real opportunities to apply what is learned.
LEADERS IN THE MOVEMENT TO TRANSFORM URBAN CULTURE
Bishop Omar Jahwar
"I have learned through my work and experience, it is possible for youth to stay alive and thrive in a hostile environment."
"In order to change the current culture we must invade it in every aspect with thoughts, ideas, music, movies, etc. that speak to the change we want there to be."
THE US TIMELINE
1997Achievement Against the Odds AwardOmar Jahwar received the Achievement Against the Odds award from the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE).
1998The BeginningVision Regeneration is created to utilize Urban Specialists™ for violence prevention, gang intervention, and youth rehabilitation in the Frazier Court area.
2000Achieving PeaceSuccessfully negotiated the first gang truce in Dallas, TX between the “Crips” and “Bloods”.
2002Community BeautificationBegin job training program to train and employ Urban Specialists™ to plant "Grass, Trees, and Shrubs" and renovate houses in the Frazier Court area.
2008Growth & BuildingAwarded the Communities Empowering Youth (CEY) Federal capacity-building grant, while serving in 18 Dallas ISD schools in the area of youth violence prevention and gang intervention.
2009Finding the SolutionHosted the 1st Solutions Conference, connecting community leaders, ex-gang leaders, judicial, law enforcement and corrections leaders – to distill the best practices for ending youth violence and changing youth culture.
2010The InvasionPositive Xchange is launched in the Dallas area as an information resource and social networking opportunity for urban youth.
2015The FutureUrban Specialists™ form the US Power Movement to transform
Urban Culture, end generational poverty and stop irrational violence.
2017International Humanitarian AwardUrban Specialists™ receive the International Humanitarian Award in Dallas, TX.
2017The ExpansionUrban Specialists™ launch US ATL in Atlanta, GA.