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The Winston-Salem Urban League is proud to collaborate with the National Black Theatre Festival for the Youth Celebrity Project, Teen Talk, where youth explore issues that affect their lives. Building on the State of Black Winston-Salem report released on July 18th by Urban League CEO James Perry, a youth panel led by celebrity host and actress Colby Christina, with motivational speakers Frankie Gist and Jeffrey Frierson Jr and other special guests, will discuss the State of Black Youth. Spoken word and music will be provided by Vibe Funktion, an artist collective of poets, musicians and hip hop lyricists. This event...

There are two parts to the Summer Youth Employment Program. The first is based on the concept of getting teens involved in an organization that is in line with their future career goals. We do this through the personal statement of their applications, where we ask them to define what their career goals are, and what they hope to learn about outsider of those goals. When placement time comes around, we do our best to both recruit host sites that align with the majority of our interns goals, as well as place those interns with those sites. If their primary...

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...

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...

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...