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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...

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...

Our goal was huge but straightforward. Turn 148 teenagers into the most impressive job candidates that employers had ever seen. We jumped into action. Step one: each teen must write  a resume. All 148 teens in the Summer Youth Employment Program met up at the Forsyth Tech, Mazie Woodruff Center. Our amazing staff got to work. They gave a quick overview on how to use the computer lab and explained how to create a basic resume. Joy Nelson-Thomas led the charge. She explained, “a resume is a one page description of your accomplishments.” Kismet Loftin-Bell, her Co-Director followed up, “that’s right, this...

Kendra Callwood, Kismet Loftin-Bell, Joy Nelson-Thomas and Ashley Green This year, the Summer Youth Employment Program is off to an amazing start! In large part, it is due to our team. You have to meet them. First up is Kendra Callwood. Kendra is an Americorp Vista staffer by way of Wake Forest University. Kendra is a brilliant computer programer who can whip any computer program into shape. Contact her at kcallwood@wsurban.org Next is Kismet Loftin-Bell. Kismet is Co-Director of this year's program. But if her face is familiar, it is because she is a long time member of the W-S Urban League Family. She has served in the...

  Women's Wellness and Economic Development Conference LEAD Girls of North Carolina and the Winston-Salem Urban League celebrate Women’s History Month by partnering to host the Women’s Wellness and Economic Development Conference. The event is slated for Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Winston-Salem Urban League, located at 201 W. 5th St. in downtown Winston-Salem. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is preferred. The conference, consisting of a series of panels led by experts in health, personal development, career, entrepreneurship, financial management and more, is designed to celebrate women at various stages...