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CUL 2017 UPDATE...

RELEVANT AND EFFECTIVE: Your Columbus Urban League 2017 Community Outcomes Update

Stephanie Hightower CEO & President Columbus Urban League

Ramon Gregory Board Chair Columbus Urban League

• All 102 Head Start graduates served by CUL’s three 5-star rated centers entered kindergarten reading or reading ready. • Middle-schoolers in the after-school initiative boosted math or reading proficiency scores by 72% in the last academic year. • Father 2 Father partnered with Action for Children to help reduce infant mortality rates in Franklin County. Since it began 10 years ago, this initiative has helped nearly 1,000 men participate more fully in their children’s lives and generated $4,348,280 in child support. • Eighty people successfully completed the cognitive behavioral therapy and peer supports that comprise the Choose 2 Change initiative. Nine out of 10 graduates do not return to incarceration. • Three hundred sixty people completed Homebuyer Education courses and earned down payment assistance. In the last two years, this work led to 55 new home purchases valued at more than $5 million. • Our rental and fair housing experts counseled more than 5,500 people. • One hundred thirty three people took advantage of career coaching and support services, and 53 hard-to-place workers secured full-time permanent jobs. In total, CUL workforce development initiatives increased the earning power of 1,172 people.

• My Brother’s Closet successfully suited 256 men for workplace interviews. • I am My Brother’s Keeper reached into eight elementary and middle schools on Columbus’ south side, connecting youth to mentors and their families to other CUL services. • Empower U enrolled 248 individuals in classes aimed to securing long-term employment and deterring drug use. • Neighborhood Violence Intervention specialists mediated and defused 61 documented incidents and made contact with more than 1,200 high-risk youth. • Project Survival experts helped 853 middle-schoolers learn positive decision-making skills and understand why to avoid alcohol and drugs. • Two hundred eight 14-24 year-olds gained work experience and brought home more than half a million dollars in wages from summer internships across 45 local worksites. • In its second year, the 247 700 Credit Score graduates increased their savings by an average of $1,000 each, and lifted their credit scores by an average of 76 points. More than 500 people have benefitted from this initiative since 2016 and it was featured in the 2017 State of Black America report.

YOUR CUL — Best in Class • Ranked among the top 5% of all 88 National Urban League affiliates. • Achieved the gold medal for fiscal integrity, a clean audit, for the seventh year in a row. • Selected to host the 2018 National Urban League Conference, August 1-4, 2018. • Opened the Huntington Empowerment Center, a 6,500 square-foot facility that will expand services including My Brother’s Closet, the Minority Business Assistance Center, and a digital learning laboratory for youth. • Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018.

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The Columbus and Dayton African American • August 2018


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