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WASHINGTON, DC (December 2, 2017) Last night, National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial and Winston-Salem Urban League President and CEO, James Perry, released the following statements expressing opposition to the Senate's passage of the so-called "tax reform" bill: Marc Morial: "Despite widespread opposition and public outcry, tonight the U.S. Senate passed a dangerous tax package that directly undermines the economic advancement of low- and middle-income Americans through cuts to key programs and services. "To be clear, this is not a tax reform bill. What the Senate passed without fully reading is a massive giveaway for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations that...

Seeking a fresh start, a better job, or a new career direction? Meet representatives from business, local government, and nonprofit organizations for employment opportunities in communications, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, janitorial/housekeeping and more. This event is free an open to the public, with preference given to those who preregister. Come early with multiple copies of your resume! Register NOW! Here's a sample of the employer's who'll join us this year! Aramark BG Multifamily City of Winston-Salem Clemmons Village 1 Conduit Global Cook Medical DeVry University Fed-Ex GrimeGuru Janitorial Services Hanes Herbalife Innovation & Manufacturing High Point Clinical Trials Center Inmar, Inc Joyce Farms Mount Eagle College Pepsi Salemtowne Trinity Glen Skilled Nursing Facility Wells Fargo Winston-Salem Fire Department Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools   http://iframe%20width=560%20height=315%20src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/WVekCPDgw80%20frameborder=0%20allowfullscreen/iframe...

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...

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...