2015 Internships Available!

We are looking for qualified, passionate individuals to intern with us for school credit.  The job description is below.  Feel free to email sasha@urbanperform.org with any questions.

Volunteer Job Title: Fitness Management Intern

Reports to: Associate Director

Time commitment: 15-20 hours per week

Responsibility: The Fitness Management Intern will have the opportunity to work within our varying programs serving youth and adults.  This person will be responsible for assisting the Directors in running the gym facility and will have the opportunity to teach classes, run programs and help individuals reach their fitness needs.

About Urban Perform: Founded in January 2012 as a local nonprofit gym, we work to improve the health of families in underserved communities by promoting quality nutrition and active lifestyles. We partner with local organizations to decrease rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes; thus, creating a health conscious change in the community. We provide free fitness and nutrition programs for kids as well as $2 classes in various formats for adults including circuit training, Spin, Zumba, and Yoga. We currently serve the English Ave, Vine City and Washington Park neighborhoods on the Westside of Atlanta.

About the Position: This position is offered during the spring, summer and fall semesters.  The target population of Urban Perform is predominately non-hispanic Black individuals who live in the English Avenue Vine, Vine City and Washington Park communities.  Fitness Management Interns with Urban Perform will have the opportunity to gain experience in many different aspects of the fitness industry, including, but not limited to:

  • Customer care
  • Facility operations
  • Comprehensive fitness assessments
  • Individualized exercise programming
  • Incentive program development
  • Group exercise class instruction
  • After school program instruction
  • Physical Education class instruction
  • Health promotion programs
  • Professional development and networking


  • Candidates for this internship should have a strong desire to work in community engagement and health/fitness
  • Prefer students in their junior or senior year, pursing a BS or BA Degree in wellness, fitness or related field
  • Experience/interest in working with diverse populations
  • Preferred course work in exercise testing and prescription, exercise physiology and anatomy
  • Current CPR/AED/First Aid certification from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are a must
  • Group fitness or personal training certification a plus

Key Duties:

  • Assist the Associate Director in the daily activities of Urban Perform
  • Be present and available to greet and answer questions from clients
  • Manage the front desk using our client management system
  • Provide assistance and direction for a specific Urban Perform program of your choice


Application Procedure: To apply for this position please email a cover letter and resume with INTERNSHIP in the subject line to sasha@urbanperform.org. Internships can be done for degree credit and are unpaid.

Learn about Urban Perform

Watch this video to learn more about Urban Perform.

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

Thank you! Casino Night was a success!

A big thank you to all of the sponsors that helped make Casino

Night a success.



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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.” 

Read the full article!

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

Register Now!


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!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nathan.tavel?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Email: nathantavel@gmail.com

Phone: 404 200 7453

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