Major League Baseball's first Urban Youth Academy was founded in 2006 in Compton, Calif. As a not-for-profit organization, the UYA aims to set the standard for instruction, teach and educate in Urban America, as well as enhance the quality of life in the surrounding communities. Major League Baseball has set out four facets to the Urban Youth Initiative:
Our coaching staff consists of highly experienced baseball personnel. We specialize in open workouts that are to supplement other instruction. Our workouts give members training on the fundamentals of the game, while our educational component aids students in the classroom. We believe the skills learned in the game can be applied beyond the field, helping to shape a better community.