The Urban Virtual Village



Presented by


The Urban Virtual Village Support Group Program



Carter’s House

Uzima Institute


For Immediate Release 

The Urban Virtual Village Launches as Family-Centered Support Group by Carter’s House and Uzima Institute Partnership


DALLAS, TEXAS, January 9, 2021 – Carter’s House and Uzima Institute have jointly announced the recent launch of The Urban Virtual Village, a free interactive platform, support group and learning course through the University of North Texas at Dallas Rising Blazers Virtual Institute.  

The Urban Virtual Village was created to empower parents and caregivers of children ages seven (7) years and older residing in zip codes 75215, 75216, 75210, and 75241 who gather to confidentially discuss parenting issues, concerns, and situations. Discussions are consistently rooted in creating more balanced, harmonious lives for families in low-income communities. 

Virtual Saturday Brunch gatherings require advance online registration to access discussion topics and articles, which allow participants to adequately prepare to discuss, share and reflect during the 10 a.m. meetings every other Saturday. Participants can join the conversation by computer, tablet or cell phone via Zoom or Facebook Live in The Urban Virtual Village’s private Facebook group. In-person meetings, which also require advance registration to access articles and topics, are held in a roundtable environment every other Wednesday from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at Park South YMCA at 2500 Romine Avenue.  

Conversations are led by a team of three facilitators, including Shawana Carter, founder and executive director of Carter’s House, Nikisha Patton-Handy, founder of the Uzima Institute and the executive director of 2 Inspire Peace, Inc, and Tamique Akins, a school counselor in the Irving Independent School District. Topics range from health and wellness as a family to self-care and taking care of home, authentic engagement in a child’s education, relationships with educators and administrators within the educational environment, working through transitions throughout a child’s school career, nutrition and internet safety. 

“Our collaborative conversations encourage an open exchange of ideas and experiences in a safe environment,” said Carter. “The Urban Virtual Village is growing every week as we welcome new participants in our discussions about navigating life, services available to parents and caregivers, and opportunities for empowerment.” 

Because The Urban Virtual Village encourages expressive discussions that are oftentimes sensitive and private, participation in the group requires mutual trust, healthy debates, respectful treatment of others, and avoiding any form of degrading comments about lifestyle, race, religion, politics, or culture.  

Details about The Urban Virtual Village and registration for upcoming conversations are available at


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The mission of Carter’s House is to nurture the self-esteem and confidence of families experiencing poverty by providing clothing and community support that improves their lives. 



Uzima Institute builds wholeness through enlightenment, community, and exceptionality. 



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