Inaugural 5K

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Join us on February 21, 2015 as we run through Vine City, English Avenue and Washington Park neighborhoods, that are in the shadow of the Georgia Dome, to show that we are united in our support of making personal health a community effort!

Adults and youth are welcome to participate!
Adults $25 now-2/8. $30 2/9-2/19
Youth $15 now-2/8. $20 2/9-2/19

Teams: We encourage all participants to create or join a team! There will be team awards for Fastest Team (your top 5 finisher times will add in a cumlative score), Largest Team, Best Team Name and Highest Fundraising Team.

Awards: There will be overall winner, masters and age group awards for top finishers. 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50,54, 55-59, 60+

Fundraising: There will be recognition and plaques for Most Money Raised Individual and Highest Fundraising Team

Race Manager: IWeLife

Register online now!!

Westside Atlanta Charter School Field Day

Check out these highlights from our Westside Atlanta Charter School Field Day! 

See full album on our FB page!

5% Community Day at Whole Foods – Dec. 3

Untitled designPlease join us on, Wednesday December 3 at the Whole Foods Buckhead (77 West Paces Ferry Rd. Atlanta, GA 30305).
5% of stores sales will be donated to us!!  
Come eat breakfast, lunch or dinner from the hot bar and finish up your holiday grocery shopping!

Urban Perform Executive Director Featured in SELF Magazine


SELF Magazine honors Laura

with Women Doing Good Award

Urban Perform is proud to announce that our Founder & Executive Director, Laura Pritchard-Compton is honored by SELF Magazine as one of the 2014 Women Doing Good honorees. Laura has a genuine love for her community and those she serves! She has earned this award by her continued commitment to make exercise accessible and affordable to low-income communities. Read the story online! If you’re inspired to help change lives through exercise, please consider making a donation and Give the Gift of Health!
Invite Laura to speak.
A HUGE thank you to West Stride and Oiselle for outfitting Laura for the honor.

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Give the Gift of Health

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This holiday season, give the gift of health.

As little as $15 can help someone change his or her life through exercise.


I Stride for UP!


Join us at West Stride Saturday, November 22 for a morning of striding and a day of shopping!

5% of all proceeds from the day go to us!

Visit for more event details.

Host a Fundraiser!

Make a huge impact by hosting a

fundraiser in your community!

Please consider organizing a group fitness class to benefit Urban Perform.  It is as simple as finding a location, instructor and inviting your friends to workout for a great cause!  Our staff will happily help you through the process. Please email for more information on hosting an event for Urban Perform. 
Your support will help provide funding to demolish gym deserts by making exercise accessible and affordable to low income communities in Atlanta.   
Thank you for your interest in supporting Urban Perform!



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 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 Internships can be done for degree credit and are unpaid.

Learn about Urban Perform

Check out our latest video showing our growth and work in Atlanta!

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 or

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

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.