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NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS /// 2019 ANNUAL REPORT /// THE HOMECOMING

RAY SHACKELFORD SOUTHERN REGION VICE PRESIDENT

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CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS

ARKANSAS URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Hosted a three-part series on becoming an advocate for the community • Held a community forum on Medicaid work requirements and health insurance • In conjunction with other community partners held a community cookout

AUSTIN AREA URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • 1300% membership growth in the past year • Inaugural Urban League of Greater Texas Legislative Summit (Houston, Dallas, & Austin) came together at the state level for what is equivalent to a condensed version of a state level Legislative Policy Conference BIRMINGHAM URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Leadership in the Magic City: Leadership Panel held with executives from local small businesses and corporations • Served as a partner and volunteered for community discussions on school discipline and restorative justice CENTRAL FLORIDA URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Central Florida Urban League CEO Glen Gilzean, highlighted CFULYP and President Baker in the Orlando Sentinel newspaper • Black Owned Business YP takeover supporting Jesse’s Rib Shack • Join Week Legacy of Leadership Panel with CFULYP Founding members and past Presidents COLUMBIA URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Care Packages for the Residents of Allen Benedict Court- Due to the unfortunate events that took place at Allen Benedict Court (gas leak killed two residents at a Columbia Housing Authority Residence) and displaced over 400 people and 200 families, the CULYPs acted swiftly in an attempt to bring relief to some of these families. At the beginning of Join Week, the CULYPs called for food items, toiletry items, drink items, and transportation items to be collected by the YPs. This event gave the YPs the opportunity to gather at Grace Christian Church to put all donated items together in a care package to be delivered to the Columbia Housing Authority (Cecil Tillis Center. The Columbia Urban League Young Professionals bagged over 200 care packages, collected clothing items, gift cards and cases of water. It is estimated that all items donated have a monetary value of $2,000.00 - $3,000.00 • The election of CULYP Member Shaterica Neal to the Gray Court Town Council. Shaterica became the youngest elected Town Councilwoman to ever serve her hometown council. Councilwoman Neal actively serves in the Columbia Urban League Young Professionals and recently graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina DALLAS FORT WORTH URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • YP on the road hosting all of the Dallas Mayoral candidates • General Body Meeting focused on the wage war to discuss and look at strategies to address pay disparity • Live, Laugh and Love event a celebration of black love discussing dating and healthy relationships HOUSTON AREA URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Over 150 high school students served with Young Professional University and partnered with Houston Community College to provide a different perspective on next steps and programs beyond traditional options • Our November General Body Meeting was titled Moment of Clarity: Empowering Economic Prosperity. Yes, we channeled our inner Jay-Z to educate our community on leaving a legacy of generational wealth, targeting different avenues of increasing the economy of the black community through financial literacy. We had an awesome line of knowledgeable presenters that hosted breakout sessions on topics such as: How to Read the Stock Quote for Beginners, The Game of Monopoly-How to Invest in Real Estate, Basic Fundamentals of Investing, The Importance of Practicing Black Group Economics, Building the Next Generation of Founders of Tech Startups, and The Importance of Supporting Black-Owned Businesses.That’s not all, we also hosted a phenomenal black business market which featured 15 small businesses including YP members, community members, and participants from HAUL’s Entrepreneurship Center • Held Teen Dating and Anti Violence Workshop in conjunction with Affiliate Project Ready kids JACKSONVILLE URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Made a donation to Terry Parker High Marching Band • Partnership with the Duval’s Black Constituency Organizing for the “Why We Vote” Facebook Live Discussion. YP President Dante and YP LaToya Goodman working to inform the younger generation of voters on the importance of high turnout for this year’s election cycle

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KNOXVILLE AREA URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Outgoing membership chair, Evetty Satterfield was sworn in as the Knox County Schools District One representative • Increased the Resistance Charity Ride to raise funds for KAUL-YP Scholarship Fund

URBAN LEAGUE OF CENTRAL CAROLINAS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Started a pilot program with East Mecklenburg High school for mentoring • Hosted a young professional focused Career fair at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

LEXINGTON URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • EmpowerLex Book Club: We hosted a book club monthly focus primarily the black experience. Our latest book, however, took it to a new level. The book “White Fragility” opened up necessary conversations with various members of the community. • LIFT Conference: Lifting and Impacting Futures Today (LIFT) Conference was held at the University of Kentucky in partnership with our Affiliate, Fayette County Public Schools, Community Action Council and the YMCA of Central Kentucky. $10k in scholarships was awarded. We had over 200 attendees and many community partners

URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER ATLANTA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Level Up Series: Increasing Your Net Worth: In partnership with The Piedmont Group of Atlanta, LLC, ULGA-YP held a 4-part, membersonly, financial series covering topics including personal finance basics, managing debt and credit, and Investing 2.0. The series also offered a virtual workshop on retirement and allowed participants to engage in a Black Wealth Roundtable discussion to develop strategies for building black wealth within urban communities. The final stage of the series included offering the participants a free one-on-one financial consultation. The Piedmont group provided over $10k in services and education to YP members • For ULGA-YP’s 9th Annual Dream Catchers Scholarship and Awards Reception, more than 130 people joined as they honored Emerging Icons and donated $15K in scholarships to the college-bound Project Ready students

LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Panel Discussion with LUL Project Ready Program • The chapter has successfully put together a strong Small Business Power Panel for the week following Derby • Louisville Urban League Staff and Affiliate Mixer MEMPHIS URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Standing Ovation: A Celebration of Charter Schools. We partnered with Tennessee Charter School Center, Black Millennials for Flint, and Privileged Memphis to honor and thank the Level 5 schools for their hard work • Speed Resume: We had HR representatives from companies to come and give feedback on resumes. We had two people to get hired from the event • Public Comment Training: this event trained individuals how to make public comments during school board meetings and city council meetings URBAN LEAGUE OF OKLAHOMA CITY YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • State of Black OKC Discussion focused on the 21st century policing and Oklahoma’s new gun laws featuring UL CEO Dr. Valerie Thompson and Oklahoma City Undersherriff • Black History Month event on the importance of representation in the OKC media with local news personalities • Hosted the 2020 Census at the ULOKC Diversity Career and College Expo to educate residents on the importance of a complete count PINELLAS COUNTY URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • We partnered with our Guild to form the Urban League Collective; a monthly networking event geared towards helping black business owners expand their business. • We held a community festival geared at garnering excitement to vote on what was the last day to early vote in Pinellas County. There was food, entertainment and rides to the Supervisor of Elections office URBAN LEAGUE OF BROWARD COUNTY YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Our chapter hosted the 3rd Annual Minority Business Expo, Forum & Pitch Competition with 100 attendees, 20 minority businesses showcased, 12 sponsors & partners, and $2000 raised. We brought together local minority-owned businesses in an effort to circulate minority dollars and support the development of small business owners. The expo offered workshops to the community on a variety of topics relevant to minority-owned businesses, VIP Power Hour Brunch, and a Marketplace and Business Resource Center. Topics included “How to Become a Vendor with Broward County”, “Build and Grow Your Nonprofit”, “Business Plan Development”, “Access to Capital”, and much more. The event ended with a business pitch competition that awarded money and prizes totaling $2,000 to two deserving small minority-owned businesses • At the inaugural I AM EMPOWERED Young Professionals Summit we had 46 attendees, 10 sponsors & partners, and raised $1400. We invited young professionals to activate their curiosity, discover new ways to grow personally and professionally, foster connections, and dig their roots deep into the community to initiate positive change and make a lasting impact. This event immersed young professionals in a day-long exploration, fueled by inspiring keynote speakers, insightful panel discussions, motivating change-maker sessions, and opportunities to connect with the leaders of today and tomorrow

URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER COLUMBUS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Congressman Sanford Bishop and the Black History Month Observance Committee invited the Urban League to come to the Liberty Theatre to present a check for the Summer Jobs Program on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 12:00. The committee seeks to support institutions that are either providing essential services to underserved populations or to institutions that are preserving and/ or displaying the cultural history of African Americans throughout the Chattahoochee Valley region. Attorney Teddy Reese is the committee chair and a ULGCYP member • Hosted National Day of Service on Saturday, April 13, from 10am-1pm at G.W. Carver High School. With the theme “Inspiring the Future through STEAM,” This interactive free event featured workshops including: Engineering (“Flying High: Drones”), Technology (“Hour of Code”) and Creative Arts (“That’s My DJ”) URBAN LEAGUE OF LOUISIANA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • The Sneaky Science of Relationships (General Body Meeting) • Finessing & Hustling Series: What Handbooks Don’t Teach You • Citywide YP Day of Service with 504ward URBAN LEAGUE OF THE UPSTATE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS (GREENVILLE) • This year the Upstate Network has had a major growth in members almost doubling our number of active members who joined during this year’s Join Week • The Upstate Network has been able to raise twice as much money in years prior for our affiliate. We have implemented programming to support their efforts to mentor high school students and engaged in several community focused projects URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE • Progressive Dinner Tour of all Black-owned businesses. Members got an opportunity to interact with each other and do some team building activities • Different Professionals held a panel discussion at LeMoyne Owen College (HBCU) focusing on School to Professional Pipeline. Students were able to ask questions and hear testimonies of those who started working right after college URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF PALM BEACH • In the spirit of the holiday season, the Urban League Young Professionals of Palm Beach County partnered with the Young Friends of the Kravis Center for Performing Arts and United Way Emerging Leaders Society during a musical performance event by Black Violin to collect toys for Urban League families • We conducted an early voting party for college students at Florida Atlantic University. We served barbecue during a football tailgate and encouraged students to vote early in the midterm elections • During Join Week we hosted our “YPs On The Run!” event to encourage minorities under 40 to become civic leaders and run for office! We had guest speakers, City of Lake Worth District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy and City of Boynton Beach District 3 Vice Mayor Christina Romelus share their experiences with running for public office and serving their cities at a young age WINSTON SALEM URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS • Is Fair Housing Fair Panel? With local HUD and city leadership moderated by CEO James Perry • Partnered with Millennial Night to raise funds for the Forsyth Backpack Program to support children in need in East Winston • Held discussion on the Black migration, mobility, and the warmth of other suns

THE HOMECOMING

It’s a tremendous source of pride. NULYP is the result of a vision that took years of work to realize and is still bearing fruit in the form of Leaders who are making a difference in communities across the nation today. - Tyra Metoyer, Past Southern Region Vice President

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2019 National Urban League Young Professionals Annual Report  

2019 National Urban League Young Professionals Annual Report  

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