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Betty Ann Falkner (below) with Center for Smart Financial Choices spent Wednesday, July 12 making sure our youth understood what was their money and what [caption id="attachment_16151" align="alignright" width="150"] Intern discussing banking options with Allegacy representative[/caption] was the bank's money, as they were presented the option to open accounts with BB&T and Allegacy Credit Union. Bank Manager Tommy Hicks (featured picture) from the Old Walkertown BB&T branch explained to our participants that "banking is an adult task and they are taking steps into a good future if they do their accounts correctly." Allegacy encouraged our youth to apply for the scholarships they have available for college. SYEP staff want our youth to get...

As I stood in Samaritan Ministries, it all flashed before my eyes. I remember the first day the participants were dropping off their applications, to the day they interviewed and wrote they wanted to work in Samaritan Ministry soup kitchen. It made me so proud to see them holding hands, praying and serving. To have the director confirm that the youth have been amazing thus far; even the "15 year old". Most sites felt the younger the youth, the harder it would be. I believe, the younger  the participant, the more impact they can have! I knew at that point we are on the way to making...

Download the State of Black Winston-Salem report by clicking here. Join the Urban League Stunningly, the report shows that black residents in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County earn only 62 cents for each dollar made by white residents. Black residents in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County have a homeownership rate that is half that of white residents. Black residents are half as likely to have access to healthy food. Black residents have a death rate 1.23 times that of white residents. Arrests of black residents for nonviolent traffic offenses in Winston-Salem, occur at a rate approximately 1.4% more frequent than for white residents. Most shocking, perhaps, are the education indices....

Register now Key leaders of local civil rights organiztions discuss the results of the State of Black Winston-Salem Report. Stunningly, the report shows that black residents in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County earn only 62 cents for each dollar made by white residents. Black residents in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County have a homeownership rate that is half that of white residents. Black residents are half as likely to have access to healthy food. Black residents have a death rate 1.23 times that of white residents. Arrests of black residents for nonviolent traffic offenses in Winston-Salem, occur at a rate approximately 1.4 more frequent than for white residents. Most...

That's right! WXII covered our Summer Youth Program. This amazing program, funded by the City of Winston-Salem, allows low-moderate income teens, ages 15-19 to intern at local businesses throughout Winston-Salem. They receive stipends while gaining paths to career opportunity! Click here to see us in action!...

Over the last several months, the W-S Urban League has been advocating around a few key issues. It is always great when elected leaders are responsive to our efforts. We recognize supportive officials whenever we can with a big: THANK YOU! Public transportation We thank the entire City Council and the Mayor for an expansion of night and weekend bus service in the 2017-18 budget. It is key to making transportation opportunity equitable for all residents. The expansion was inline with our recommendations from earlier this spring. We go a step further in applauding the heroic efforts of three Council-members for their heroic albeit unsuccessful vote to rescind increases...

Contact aharris@wsurban.org for inquiries. On Tuesday, July 18th at 11:00 am at the Winston-Salem Urban League's Vivian Burke Quality of Life Center at 3441 North Patterson Ave., the Winston-Salem Urban League will release the State of Black Winston-Salem Report. The report, previewed by Urban League members and partners who attended the organization's annual meeting, presents indices that compare the standing of African-Americans in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County to white residents. It is modeled after the decades old, annual, State of Black America Report published by the National Urban League. The Winston-Salem Chronicle previewed and published an exclusive article about the report's findings on Thursday, July...

On Thursday night, approximately two dozen Winston-Salem preferred employers came together at the home of W-S Urban League CEO James Perry. The house was stirring with anticipation. The purpose: an orientation and mixer for the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program. Every employer was committed to supporting and mentoring teens in the Summer Youth Employment Program. Ja'net Adams talked about her experience with the program in 2016. Three interns worked with her business last year. She taught them how to market a business, run a professional social media program, manage a lecture enterprise and more. She also mentored each intern on debt and...