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Welcome/Mission Statement ...
The mission of the Greater Warren-Youngstown Urban League is to enable African Americans and others to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. To do this, we will employ a five-point strategy, in line with the national Urban League goals:
   
Education and Youth Empowerment:
We seek to ensure that all of our children are well educated and prepared for economic self-reliance in the 21st century through college scholarships, early childhood literacy, Head Start and after care programs.

Economic Empowerment:
We seek to empower all people in attaining economic self-sufficiency through job training, good jobs, homeownership, entrepreneurship and wealth accumulation.

Health and Quality of Life Empowerment:
We will work to build a healthy and safe community, to eliminate health disparities, and to ensure complete access to affordable healthcare for all people.

Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment:
We seek to empower all people to take an active role in determining the direction, quality of life, public policy and leadership in their communities by full participation as citizens and voters, as well as through active community service and leadership development.

Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment:
We will promote and ensure our civil rights by actively working to eradicate all barriers to equal participation in all aspects of American society, whether political, economic, social, educational or cultural.

A Message from our President ...

There are two extremely relevant issues that must be shared with our community. 
 
First, the Urban League is not an organization that provides proverbial fish to folks and hope they can eat for a day.  Through our very positive empowerment initiatives focusing upon economic self-reliance, education, health care, community involvement and leadership, we’re teaching folks how to fish so they might eat for a lifetime.
 
Empowerment.  That’s what sets the Urban League apart from all similar programs.
 
Second.  If a community is only as strong as its weakest member, our commitment to principles of empowerment and economic self-reliance will help to fortify and serve to rebuild the Mahoning Valley of the future.
 
Make no mistake.  We are not are not an organization that hands out to all who inquire.  We’re an organization that is successfully graduating more than 90% of high school drop outs who come to us.  We’re putting entrepreneurs into business.  We’re providing employment opportunities and parity on all levels of life.
 
I urge you to get to know us because in the months and years ahead, we will have a profound impact on the Mahoning Valley. Thanking you in advance for your support, I am
 
Yours very truly,
 
 



Remembering Events of 1963

2013 marks the 50th year commemoration of several very important events in our struggle for equality.

April 12
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham, Ala.; April 16 he writes his seminal "Letter from Birmingham Jail," arguing that we have the moral duty to disobey unjust laws.

May
During civil rights protests in Birmingham, Ala., Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene "Bull" Connor uses fire hoses and police dogs on black demonstrators. These images of brutality, which are televised and published widely, are instrumental in gaining sympathy for the civil rights movement around the world.

June 12
Medgar Evers, Field Secretary of the NAACP in Jackson, Mississippi, is murdered outside his home. Byron De La Beckwith is tried twice in 1964, both trials resulting in hung juries. Thirty years later he is convicted for murdering Evers.

Aug. 28
Over 200,000 people participate in the March on Washington. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Sept. 15
The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, a popular location for civil rights meetings, is bombed. Four young girls (Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins) attending Sunday school are killed when the bomb explodes. Over the next 40 years several individuals were prosecuted and eventually brought to justice all the way up to 2002.

On May 24, 2013 President Obama signed a bill designating the Congressional Gold Medal commemorating the lives of the four young girls. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor awarded to a civilian by our country.


These are the programs sponsored by the Urban League that promise empowerment to African Americans and other minorities we serve:
EDUCATION/EMPLOYMENT
The Urban League has been a leading resource for professionals and jobseekers for nearly a century. Today, you can put your skills and experience in front of hundreds of Fortune 500 companies that want to meet you.
FAIR HOUSING
The Urban League’s Fair Housing program mediates problems between landlords and tenants. Tenants who are reported for failure to pay rent are counseled, and those who complain of landlords’ failure to make needed repairs are advised of the procedure to put rent payments into escrow.
FAIR EMPLOYMENT
The Urban League accepts complaints of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or ancestry of birth.
HOMELESS SHELTER
The Greater Warren-Youngstown Urban League operates the Amos Christy House at 919 Main Street SW as temporary shelter for homeless persons age 18 or older. The 1850s-era Victorian Italianate home, which has been operated as a shelter by the Urban League since 1984, has capacity for 21 plus occupants.
LIFE SKILLS CENTER
The Urban League partners with a separate corporation, the LifeSkills Center, located at 458 Franklin Street SE in Warren, to help young people to earn a diploma after they have dropped out, or are at risk of dropping out, of the traditional high school setting for any of various reasons.
ENTRENPENEURSHIP
In a challenging economy, even the best trained and most employable person finds job hunting discouraging.  The Greater Warren-Youngstown Urban League is taking steps to hurdle this obstacle by offering a course in Entrepreneurship, with a focus on home-based businesses.


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