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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.

Welcome, 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 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,
 
 



Maurice Clarett first became known for his football accolades early on in his life. In high school he was known throughout the nation winning USA Today’s national player of the year and a Parade All-American. His success continued on at Ohio State University. Maurice became the first and only true freshman to start at running back and set the freshman single season running and touchdown record (1,237 yards and 19 Touchdowns) which was previously set by 2-time Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin.

The peak of this successful season came when Maurice scored the winning touchdown in a double overtime win over the Miami Hurricanes. Making the Ohio State Buckeyes National Champions in 2002. Maurice has often been referred to as one of the greatest impact freshman collegiate football players to ever play the game by many sports enthusiasts.

After that season Maurice fell into a spiral of poor decisions that cost him continuing success in football. Those decisions ultimately landed him to spend 3 ½ years in prison. That time in prison only determined Maurice to have more success than he did before, not in football, but in life. Since Maurice’s release in 2010, he has been committed to restoring his life and reputation as a man who lives and acts with integrity, and is guided by the morals and values as dictated by his strong Christian faith.

Most recently Maurice completed a documentary film, entitled: Youngstown Boys, about his life with ESPN in their award winning film series 30 for 30. Maurice recently published and made available for sale, his journal that chronicles his struggles while away from his family. It takes an up close and personal seat to his life lessons learned while imprisoned. Maurice now travels speaking to schools, universities, churches, and business organizations sharing his story. Letting the people he speaks in front of know that it is never too late to change the direction of their life. His genuine delivery and authentic heart with every speech always leaves people inspired.


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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Greater Warren-Youngstown urban league annual dinner with Maurice Clarett speaker
Starts: Friday, 10/24/14 at 6:00 p.m.
Ends: Friday, 10/24/14 9:30 p.m.

Niles, Ohio
$35 - $35