JAMIL CREWS EASTERN REGION VICE PRESIDENT CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS:
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS /// 2019 ANNUAL REPORT /// THE HOMECOMING
• Doubled affiliate service hours compared to last year. • Procured a $30k donation of gym equipment for the city of Hackensack’s new recreational center.
• Increased overall chapter membership by 32% completing with an overall total of 78 members, the most since the inception of BULYPNY • BULYPNY worked to expand the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals Black Restaurant Week. What started off as a weekend with 5 restaurants, grew into a full week with 12 restaurants participating. Publicity coverage was from, WGRZ, Channel 2, WIVB, Channel 4, WKBW Channel 7, and Buffalo Spectrum News. • Buffalo completed all advocacy and Bounce-back initiatives in 2018-2019. We focused on the Buffalo School Board Elections, held Meet the Candidates forums and held several community forums with our School Board President, Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold.
• Full YP University programming in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministries in Roxbury, MA. 10-20 high school students in attendance per biweekly sessions. • Our affiliate turned 100 this year and we have supported all Centennial activities year to date. • Donated 150 bags of clothes/toiletry items to the homeless in the Boston area during Join Week.
• Urban League of Essex County Centennial Gala is the largest fundraising event that the affiliate hosts annually. The YPs contributed time and talent through participation in the following committees-gala,awards and host; YPs also were event volunteers and runners for the evening, all without losing a heel! The Centennial Gala raised over $300k! • ULEC directors/program managers, ULEC young professionals, Rutgers volunteers, Jersey Cares volunteers, community residents, and other stakeholder organizations/institutions were in the Fairmount community canvassing to engage residents. Volunteers educated residents on ULEC programs and services, and YPs collected a list of names to add to the Urban League’s database. 24 Volunteers and over 100 homes visited!
• Hosted Whitney M. Young Gala Honoring our YP Rising Star: Stephanie Jerger. Each year the Greater Baltimore Urban League hosts its annual Whitney M. Young Gala to commemorate the leadership of the event’s namesake while also honoring community leaders in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Additionally, the event has become a staple for providing an opportunity for each of the auxiliaries to nominate and award a member that has showcased significant contributions to the Urban League mission. • In lieu of inclement weather during Join Week, GBLA’s ELT all took time to join a virtual introduction to the basics of GBLA via Instagram live. President Alexander served as the primary moderator selectively adding each member of the team to join the live chat and explaining their roles and giving viewers an opportunity to connect with their personalities. • The Greater Baltimore Leadership Association (GBLA) partnered with Tesla of Owings Mills and the Baltimore chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to host a stimulating S.T.E.A.M. based, educational experience for National Day of Service.
• National Day of Empowerment was held in partnership with the Urban League Guild of Hampton Roads. This event provided access to the public on “Securing Black Wealth: Securing Generation Prosperity.” Over 65 people were in attendance. • Annual YP Day on The Hill was held in collaboration with the Greater Richmond Young Professionals and Urban League of Hampton Roads Guild. The Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals alongside our sister chapter, Urban League of Greater Richmond Young Professionals, was recognized by State Senator Maime Locke (Hampton) in the Senate of Virginia. • Each year our chapter concludes its yearly impact with our Annual Holiday Toy drive. This drive welcomes deserving families into a space where they are served dinner, and all their children are given gifts for the holiday season. This is made possible by our partnerships with Cheesecake Factory of Virginia Beach, Epsilon Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Virginia Beach Human Services and other community partners.
• Passport to Success:This event was founded to serve all 8th graders, high school and college-aged students. Students had the opportunity to interview professionals from unique career paths such as fashion, law, technology, medicine, property management, media, music, art, politics and more. • Brunch With a Purpose:The community joined members of the Urban League of Hudson County Young Professionals chapter for a free brunch at NJCU and had the chance to connect, be inspired and create a work of art that represents who you are and how to live your best life.
• 5 Borough Day of Service (5BDOS): A premier service project that allows members who live throughout NYC to join forces with various community partners in all 5 boroughs on the same day. This year’s focus was on seniors to put forth effort in bridging the generational gap between the younger generation and our seniors. 85 seniors, 42 YP members, and 11 YP supporters were impacted by this service opportunity. • The New York Urban League’s annual HBCU fair in partnership with the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair and New York Urban League Young Professionals attracted over 4500 New York City and out-of-state high school students and their parents. This event allowed 49 YP members and 11 non-members to serve by conducting 432 volunteer hours. • The New York Urban Young Professional (NYULYP) S.T.E.A.M Conference composed of one full day of activities, where middle and high school students are exposed to careers under the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Architecture, and Mathematics umbrella. There were 56 (40 members, 16 non-members) volunteers and one NYUL representative (NYUL President and CEO) in attendance.
• Philanthropy & Professional Development: NExT hosted #bEastCon Leadership Conference, the first-ever regional conference and summit to empower millennials and young professionals to find their voice and impact in the philanthropy sector. Over 150 young professionals from across the region attended. Other notable events were the #PHLGradWeek and Black360: Achieving Authentic Career Advancement. • NExT was on the front line of every advocacy opportunity, including NULYP: The Bounce Back, Inaugural Certificate in Advocacy, #EnoughIsEnoughVote and Legislative Policy Conference. • NExT supported the affiliate by participating in other advocacy measures, donating 1500 coats to children, supporting the scholarship program, and participated in How to Buy Our Block Homeownership.
• Hosted 19th Annual MLK Blanket & Toiletries Drive, had 500 attendees. • Hosted Folding Chair Series: Representative Ayanna Pressely had 162 attendees. • Hosted Soiree Noir: A Masquerade Affair had 370 attendees.
• Hosted the 6th Annual YP Honors: A signature event and fundraiser to honor other young professionals in our community. This year, 11 young professionals were honored including the First woman/African American woman of the Elizabeth Fire Department. • For the last two years, Union County YP’s has taken the clothing that was donated at the annual business clothing drive and hosted the 2nd annual Free Pop Up Shop to allow people who are apart of the affiliate’s reconnection program to get dressed for success. This year we were able to create a true shopping experience by utilizing a larger space, having more clothing options and creating dressing rooms. • Hosted Ask an Engineer Family STEAM Fair: This year for NDOS we partnered with the Elizabeth Board of Education to host a STEM fair for students and their families. ULUCYP partnered with the Elizabeth Public Schools district to host a fair at one of the local schools.
• 2018 Kent County Unsung Hero Awards: On September 29, 2018 we held our Annual Kent County Unsung Hero Awards ceremony, spotlighting and recognizing members of the Kent County community who go above and beyond, dedicating time and effort into making a positive impact in their communities. • Join Week 2019 was a great moment in our chapter. Not only did we engage the community with impactful and entertaining event, we gained 28 new members. Our Join Week kicked-off with a Member Appreciation Luncheon and a New Member Orientation followed by a day of Affiliate Appreciation on our social media outlets. • Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals held our Economic Empowerment Conference in March 2019. Organized by our Economic Empowerment Committee Chair Dominique Truitt, this FREE Community Event gave participants access to priceless empowerment and tools on Business Branding, Homeownership, Credit Repair, and personal economic development.
• Partnered with 9 community organizations to host 30+ local, state, and congressional candidates and 200+ attendees at the Annual Political Forum • Served 200+ meals to homeless individuals living in an Alexandria homeless shelter • ELT members started businesses and nonprofits and were elected to local office.
• Hosted 2018 NDOE: Building Black Wealth Conference & Workshop. The inaugural conference focused on real estate and entrepreneurship with 40+ attendees from the Richmond region. • 2019 Virginia NULYP Day on the Hill: All the Virginia NULYP chapters came together to meet with Regional General Assembly delegations to include meeting with Virginia Governor Northam and cabinet members • 2019 NDOS STEAM Career Expo: Partnered with Higher Achievement to expose over 50+ middle schools to STEAM careers with workshops and activities
• Hosted Chapter Relaunch, Launch Party “The Blackout” held November 23, 2018. • Hosted Enough is Enough Vote! - Get Out the Vote Rally at New Haven City Hall. • Hosted a cocktail reception at Morgan Stanley, April 29, 2019.
• Hosted a back to school event in August 2018 distributing 590 backpacks filled with school supplies to the community. • Hosted a Holiday Toy Drive in December 2018 distributing over 2000 toys to the community • Hosted a NDOS STEAM Career Expo in April 2019, had approximately 300 students in attendance.
YP REFLECTION The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) will always have a special place in my heart. Most importantly, this organization allowed my husband to find me. From a professional perspective, this organization taught me how to be a leader. It taught me how to engage diverse populations. This work ignited my love for fundraising and friendraising. I will always credit the Urban League for equipping me with the tools and skills necessary to lead regardless of my environment. I’m excited to celebrate 20 years of a movement that has birthed so many amazing alumni, who truly care about the future of our black and brown communities across the country. - Marisa Williams, Past Eastern Region Vice President