Leadership Character Award


Atlanta, Georgia — September 9,2014 – The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and Atlanta-based Turknett Leadership Group have announced nominees for the 11th Character Awards. Laura Pritchard-Compton, Founder and Executive Director of Urban Perform has been nominated for the 2014 Leadership Character Award in the non-profit category. The awards will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Sheraton-Atlanta and will recognize individuals who represent the best in leadership character in Georgia.

Laura embodies leadership and leads by example. She has been the driving force behind the success of Urban Perform. Since Urban Perform opened its doors in 2012 Laura has been the renaissance leader.

Since 2003, the annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders whodemonstrate character in leadership based on alignment with the Leadership Character Model, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. The model represents character as a scale with integrity as the base and respect and responsibility balanced on either side. Nominations were accepted in six categories: CEO/President/Managing Partner – Large Company, CEO/President/Managing Partner – Small Company, Executive/Manager, Non Profit, Education and “Inspiritor.” The Awards ceremony will be a part of the 24th annual Greenleaf Center Servant Leadership Conference.

Top nominees in each category are selected by the five-person Advisory Board. Members of the 2014 Advisory Board include Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates; Tom Crawford, owner of Crawford Corporate Coaching; David Ratcliffe, former President, and CEO of Southern Company; Conchita Robinson, President and CEO of C Robinson Associates, Inc.; and Dr. Betty Siegel, President-Emeritus of Kennesaw State University.

Winners will be announced at noon on September 24th

UPS will be the presenting sponsor for the 2014 Awards, and Kroger, GV Financial, and CMIT Solutions will also sponsor. For additional information about sponsorship, please click here.

For additional information about the Awards see www.LeadershipCharacterAward.org or www.Greenleaf.org

About Urban Perform:

Urban Perform (UP) is a non-profit organization making exercise accessible and affordable to the underserved communities of English Avenue, Vine City and Washington Park in Atlanta.  We are striving to remove all ‘Gym Deserts’ by remodeling abandoned spaces in low resourced communities where obesity and hypertension are rampant. We improve the health of families in underserved communities by promoting quality nutrition and active lifestyles. Our vision is to partner with local organizations to decrease rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes; thus, creating a health conscious change in the community.

About the Leadership Character Awards

Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders who display character in leadership based on alignment with the Leadership Character Model, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. For 10 years, the Awards were presented by Turknett Leadership Group. Annual Leadership Character Awards will be presented under the auspices of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and will be held on September 24, 2014 at the Sheraton Atlanta. About the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Founded in 1964, the Greenleaf Center is an international nonprofit organization that serves students, individuals, workplaces and the community by growing servant-leaders through education and programming. Robert K. Greenleaf was the author of “The Servant as Leader,” a landmark essay that coined the phrase “servant-leader” and launched the modern servant leadership movement. Today the Annual Turknett Leadership Annual Leadership Character Awards. The Awards will be held at the Atlanta Downtown Sheraton. Greenleaf Center nurtures students, enhances workplaces and builds the servant leader community through education, leadership development and conferences. To find out more, please visit www.greenleaf.org.

About Turknett Leadership Group

Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) founded the Awards in 2003 and presented the Awards from 2003 through 2013. TLG’s expertise is Leadership. With over 25 years’ experience, TLG is Atlanta’s premiere resource for Executive Coaching, Talent Assessment, Leadership Team Development, Culture Assessment and Change, and more. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character ModelTM, TLG helps organizations hire the best people, identify and develop high potentials, and create high-performing cultures.

FitWit Club

FitWit is a new FREE after-school club that exposes high school students not involved in sports to a variety of exercise, fun and service events.  

The club will meet at Urban Perform (678 Joseph E. Boone Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30314) for workouts each MONDAY and WEDNESDAY at 4:30pm.

Register today at Urban Perform or by emailing sasha@urbanperform.org or calling us at 678.341.0393

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Register August 13th for Girls on The Run at Urban Perform!

We are partnering as a host site for Girls on the Run

We  hope to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. We will do this through fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running and will build character!

Registration starts August 13th

    (Parents/Guardians must register at Urban Perform)

The Program begins on August 23rd

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Atlanta Healthcare Champion

July, 2014 Atlanta Magazine Feature


From the road, the old gas station didn’t stand out much from its neighbors—a boarded-up brick two-story building and a green-awninged bodega—on this stretch of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard just west of the Georgia Dome.

But now, a bright new mural with a crouching pink tiger hints that something powerful is going on inside. The space is home to Urban Perform, a nonprofit that since January of 2012 has brought exercise classes and equipment to the English Avenue, Vine City, and Washington Park neighborhoods, an area with few city parks and only one other fitness facility within walking distance.

Just as Atlanta is home to many food deserts—poor areas more than a mile from the nearest supermarket—the city also lacks fitness facilities in some of its most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. “There are ‘gym deserts’ too,” says Laura Pritchard, the twenty-seven-year-old fitness trainer who founded Urban Perform. “When you’re looking at combating obesity in kids and adults, food and fitness go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other and expect to succeed.” 

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GrowUPStrong Family Fitness Series

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grow_strong_coverThrough our community partnership with Grow Montessori School, we are hosting a Family Fitness Series!



Saturday, July 26 – Disco Zumba

Saturday, August 23 – Water Works

Saturday, October 25 – Monster MashUP

Saturday, November 22 – Turkey Trot

Each event starts at 12pm and will consist of a fun workout for the whole family!  

All children must be accompanied by an adult.  $2 per adult (If it’s your first visit you are FREE!).  Kids are FREE.

Great prizes and giveaways will be included!


Run “The ATL”

Urban Perform is one of the beneficiaries of the classic Atlanta Labor Day weekend race, The ATL 20K Relay and 10K!

Gather some friends and run in the 20K Relay (4 person team each completing a 5K leg or 2 person team each completing a 10K leg). You can also participate in the road race solo as a 10K or 20K runner or walker!

The race is Saturday, August 30th at 7:00 am in Castleberry Hills. All runners and walkers are welcome!

When you register, under “How you heard about this event” choose Urban Perform and we will receive an extra percentage of your race registration!

More Information

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New Mural by Nathan Tavel!



A very special thanks to Nathan Tavel and Taylor Means for the beautiful mural they designed and created on our new building. We are so grateful for all their hard work. They did a fantastic job with our building! We have heard many positive comments from community members about the mural. Coming up later this summer, youth in the community will have an opportunity to design and paint on the side wall of the building. On August 23rd, one of our GrowUPStrong family fitness days, all community members are invited to come help Nathan put the finishing touches on the side wall.



Check out Nathan’s other work! We highly recommend him!

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Email: nathantavel@gmail.com

Phone: 404 200 7453

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We hope to make Vine City an Oasis of healthy living! – AJC Feature

Adding a safe place to exercise to

‘so-called’ gym deserts

Posted: 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014

By Gracie Bonds Staples – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hyosub Shin  as the photojournalist

Outside a renovated gas station at the corner of Sunset Avenue and Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, a half dozen women run through 45-second intervals of cardio exercises.

They run. They jump. They shore up their core for a full body workout.

Stephanie Tyson, 28, is hoping she can shed 85 pounds.

Losing weight would be a plus, but more than anything, Damaris Henderson, a 40-something HIV prevention specialist and counselor, just wants to get healthy.

Either way, the women say Urban Perform is the best thing that has come to this tired old neighborhood in a long while and if it means improving their health and general appearance, even better.

Laura Pritchard-Compton (foreground), executive director of Urban Perform, leads an outdoors fitness class at the new gym in Vine City.

The gym, which moved to Vine City in March from a nearby warehouse, is part of what seems to be a growing trend of nonprofits targeting residents in so-called food deserts, where there’s not only little access to fresh, healthy and affordable food but virtually no safe or affordable exercise venues.

UP caters primarily to Vine City, English Avenue and Washington Park, majority African-American communities with high rates of obesity, hypertension and diabetes. With a three-year, $90,000 grant the gym received recently from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, residents are hopeful those troubling health statistics will soon drop

“These Westside neighborhoods are beset by a myriad of challenges, including high crime, unemployment and poverty, that prevent residents from eating healthy or getting proper exercise,” said Frank Fernandez, vice president of community development at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, which has committed some $15 million to projects it hopes will improve the quality of life for Westside residents. “In addition to living in a food desert, they also live in a fitness desert.”

UP, Fernandez said, is one of several ways the foundation hopes to transform the area into an oasis of healthy choices. As part of this mix, UP offers nutrition classes for kids and will host a farmers market this summer.

According to Laura Pritchard-Compton, founder and executive director of Urban Perform, residents had been asking for a safe place to exercise when she was approached by a local pastor to turn a church warehouse into a gym for the community’s youths.

That was in May 2011.

Pritchard-Compton, who holds degrees in religious studies, kinesiology and exercise physiology from the University of Virginia, lives in nearby Washington Park.

In January 2012, she opened a gym in the church warehouse, focused primarily on the community’s youth. Within a year, adults were wanting in, too. Urban Perform expanded to offer $2 group fitness classes for the entire family.

“The first two years, we served about 100 kids and families,” Pritchard-Compton said. “Now after three months here, we’ve served 300-plus kids and families.”

What makes the gym unique, she said, is the hourlong classes are offered six days a week at a flat $2 rate rather than on a sliding income scale like those offered at the YMCA. Residents can take the first class free of charge. For $15 a month, they get unlimited access to classes or pay $22 a month for access to both the gym and classes.

Tyson, who has lived in Vine City with her daughter Yannis for three years, said she discovered UP one morning while en route to her daughter’s school, then one evening noticed a class was in session.

“I said that’s where I need to be,” she said.

Once the 28-year-old single mom stopped in for more information, Tyson said she was out of excuses.

“The classes were inexpensive and so motivational,” she said. “It made you feel good.”

Tyson had tried working out at a larger facility, but the fees, she said, were like “paying a car note.”

Both she and Henderson have in some ways become unofficial recruiters for UP, encouraging siblings and co-workers to join them.

Tyson regularly works out with her daughter and a sister and brother now.

“I want to set a good example for my daughter,” she said.

Henderson credits her niece with getting her off the coach and into the gym.

“I saw how motivated she was to come,” she said. “Then when I came for the grand opening, I realized the benefit to the community.”

Henderson said that coming to the small gym has been far less intimidating than going to a larger, more expensive facility.

“I didn’t want to pay an expensive gym fee, and I didn’t want to be in a large gym with a lot of skinny people,” she said.

Although she lives in East Point, Henderson said she works in the community. Her decision to join UP, she said, hinged not on looking good but getting healthy.

“I’m not even thinking about weight,” she said. “I have high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and my knees hurt, so I want to address my health issues more than anything. If I lose the weight, God bless America, but I’m tired of that fight.”

Pritchard-Compton said making a difference in the community will mean addressing both the residents’ diets and ability to exercise.

“Neither one will work by itself,” she said.


turn it UP! 6 week challenge

Take the challenge, make the change TURN IT UP

Monday June 30th –Friday August 8th


Take your Fitness to the NEXT LEVEL:

Lose Weight – Tone Muscles – Gain Endurance

with Accountability

Activities Include: 3 assessments, class attendance minimum, open gym workouts, food log, health 101, prize incentives, personal coaching, classes and more!



Sign up with a friend and receive $5 off per person

Register Monday through Saturday at

Urban Perform – 678 joseph e. boone Blvd nw



phone: 678-341-0393 email: ralyn@urbanperform.org