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Winston-Salem Urban League Fall Career Expo 2017 Wednesday, October 18 Employer Sponsorship and Registration Platinum Level Sponsorship - $5000 Gold Level Sponsorship - $2,500 Silver Level Sponsorship - $1000 General Registration - $150 Title sponsor listing Premier table positioning Brand signage at event Career Expo registration Premier table positioning Brand signage at event Media listing: newspaper, WSUL website, and social media Prominent signage at event Prime inclusion in media advertisement: newspaper, radio, TV, WSUL website, and social media Sponsorship certificate Prime inclusion in media advertisement: newspaper, radio, TV, WSUL website, and social media Corporate partner recognition plaque Career Expo registration Corporate partner recognition plaque Career Expo registration 2 tickets to the Whitney M. Young Gala and VIP reception Career...

The dog days of Summer are here, and that often means utility bills spike as people cool their homes. Don’t let that eat into your food budget! Millions of seniors across the country use SNAP to afford food each month. Come and learn and enroll in this important program on Saturday, August 26th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Super Seniors SNAP enrollment at the Urban League office located at 3441 Patterson Avenue office.  ...

Joint Statement on Charlottesville from the Winston-Salem Branch of the NAACP and Winston-Salem Urban League. We condemn the Alt-Right’s violent expressions of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia. The Alt-Right’s rhetoric and actions have been of consistent concern. But this past weekend, a short three and a half hours from Winston-Salem, the Alt-Right positioned themselves as the deadly central voice of the modern neo-Nazi movement. The Winston-Salem branch NAACP and the Winston-Salem Urban League are united in support of civil rights organizers opposing the Alt-Right on the ground in Charlottesville. We are prepared to oppose the movement here in Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem branch NAACP President, Rev. Alvin...

Working with the Young Democrats of Forsyth County and the Young Professional Republicans of Forsyth County, the Winston-Salem Urban League Young Professionals led a visual in support civil rights advocates in Charlottesville, Virginia. YP President, April Johnson and 1st Vice-President, Kenneth Pettigrew are quoted below.   "We’re just in a bolder era these days when it comes to people speaking out about their hatred of people of color, of sex and gender, of religion,” April Johnson said. “For those people, the president seems to be saying to them it’s OK to release their hatred, rather than depress it, when he doesn’t come out and denounce it.” The antidote, Pettigrew...

WINSTON-SALEM URBAN LEAGUE WHITNEY YOUNG GALA Guest Speaker: Michael McMillan, CEO of the Urban League of Greater St. Louis  Saturday, October 21, 2017, Semi-formal, business attire, 6:00 pm, Vip Reception, 7:00 pm, Gala, At Bio Tech Place, 575 N. Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem, NC Ticket Pricing: Gala and VIP reception package - $70 Gala dinner tickets - $50 each VIP reception - $30 (WSUL members receive admittance to VIP reception with dinner ticket purchase) Table (seats 10, VIP reception included) - $450 [edgtf_button size="large" type="solid" text="Buy Tickets" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="https://act.myngp.com/Forms/8726796295123176192" target="_self" color="white" hover_color="" background_color="red" hover_background_color="" border_color="gray" hover_border_color="" font_size="18" font_weight="1200" margin="500"] Foundation Sponsorship - $15,000 Title sponsor listing 10 VIP reception invitations 3...

Own a small business? Have a product to sell? Click the link below and tell us about yourself. This fall, the Urban League will host weekend pop up markets at our 3441 N. Patterson location to help small businesses get a leg up! Let us give your business a boost! [edgtf_button size="medium" type="" text="Sign Up" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczmJjAx5O8yOB2rXonhQhxpYOHbuphTYscz7EqiAYdcaoUtA/viewform?mc_cid=a5b268603a&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D" target="_self" color="white" hover_color="" background_color="red" hover_background_color="" border_color="white" hover_border_color="" font_size="" font_weight="1000" margin=""]...

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....

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...

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...

Meet the BelFlex team tomorrow on Friday, July 28th from 10:30 am to noon at the Winston-Salem Urban League. BelFlex connects local business to talented people like you! They openings in the ranging from maintenance to logistics. Stop by to see they have right opportunity for you! If you have a resume bring it. If you don't, we'll help you make one! What: BelFlex Career Fair When: 10:30 am, Friday July 28th Where: Winston-Salem Urban League, 201 West 5th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101...

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...

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...

Happy 4th of July! This Independence Day, we say thank you to elected officials who have taken key steps to support Urban League policy positions and programs. 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 to Trans-Aid fares: Vivian Burke; Derwin Montgomery; and James Taylor. Summer Youth Employment Program A huge thank you goes to...

This award winning program serves low-income teens ages 15 to 19. Each teen earns a stipend while learning career skills from a local employer. In order to qualify, household income must be lower than incomes provided below: INCOME LIMITS FOR EACH INCOME CATEGORY FOR HOUSEHOLD SIZES 1 TO 8: Number of people in household 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Range of Incomes $31,850 $36,400 $40,950 $45,500 $49,150 $52,800 $56,450 $60,100 Download the Summer Youth Employment Program Application here. [edgtf_button size="medium" type="" text="Download Application" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="http://wsurban.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Summer-Youth-Employment-Application-2017.pdf" target="_self" color="" hover_color="" background_color="" hover_background_color="" border_color="" hover_border_color="" font_size="" font_weight="" margin="5px 50px 50px 50px"] Are you a business or non-profit that is interested in hosting teens from the Summer Youth Program? Complete this form...

From Equality to Equity: Annual Meeting 2017 Join us for the Winston-Salem Urban League Annual Meeting at the Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice LLP, Piedmont Room. Members will elect new directors and say good bye to directors whose terms have expired. The Board and staff will honor individuals who have played key roles in furthering the Urban League mission. The CEO will share his vision for the new fiscal year. What: 2017 Annual Meeting When: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Thursday, June 22, 2017 Where: Womble Carlyle, Piedmont Room, 1 W 4th St., 13th Floor, W-S, NC 27101 RSVP NOW!...

Watch Party: State of Black America Town Hall The National Urban League’s State of Black America®, is one of the country’s most respected and anticipated reports on racial equality and justice. Now, in its 41st year, TV One is taking it primetime in an exclusive 2-hour special – the National Urban League Presents: State of Black America Town Hall Hosted by Roland Martin and taped before a live audience at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., this groundbreaking event brings together some of our nation’s greatest thought leaders, journalists and public figures for a powerful and honest dialogue about what the latest State of...

It's a party with a purpose, this Memorial Day Weekend! Join us for our second annual All White Party! Last year's party was incredible and we've got the pictures to prove it. Take a look! This year, we're raising money for the Winston-Salem Urban League's employment and entrepreneur programs. Party with us as we transform the newly painted, upgraded air conditioned, Urban League Conference Center into the hottest night spot in the Triad. Tickets 50% off for Members! To receive your code, email membership@wsurban.org with the subject "White Party Member 50% Discount Code" When: 9:00 pm - until Where: Winston-Salem Urban League Conference Center, 510 Trade St., W-S, NC...

YP May Mixer: officer elections, entrepreneurs tell their stories and more! Join us at the Village Produce and County Store, a grocery store owned by black entrepreneurs and strategically located in a food desert in a minority census tract here in Winston-Salem. We will hear from owners, Paula McCoy and Jerry Anderson as they discuss the struggles. Plus the ever important, election of new YP officers! RSVP NOW Join us for: Officer Elections; fireside chat with husband and wife African-American entrepreneurs, Paula McCoy and Jerry Anderson; Tour of the Village Produce and Country store; Networking; and more! See you there! When: 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 11 Where: Village Produce & Country Store 4219 N. Liberty...

Winston-Salem Urban League CEO, James Perry traveled to Washington D.C. to join almost 300 Urban League CEOs, board members, young professionals and guild members from across the United States, to advocate to members of Congress. Perry is urging North Carolina elected officials to protect progress and opportunity for low-income and minority constituents. “Our Senior Jobs and Summer Youth programs transition 300-400 low-income North Carolinians to permanent job opportunities each year. The White House budget proposal would end those programs.” Perry continued, “If the White House has its way with policing, transportation and housing budgets, the effects on the criminal justice, public transit systems and...

We celebrate the successes we have had this fiscal year and invite you to continue the momentum as we move into our election season. This is your opportunity to take on a leadership role within WSULYP and I strongly encourage each of you to consider running for an Executive Committee position. Nominations are currently being accepted for the following Executive Committee offices: President Vice President First Vice President Treasurer Secretary All persons interested in running for office, or nominated by others, must have paid membership dues in full by Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Candidates must submit the attached Candidate Declaration Form either online...