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The Winston-Salem Urban League expands its Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) from six (6) to thirteen (13) counties offering nearly $900,000 for career and job support services to older North Carolinians. The program expands to seniors in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey. WSUL currently serves Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin. Approximately 123 low-income, unemployed seniors, ages 55 and older are eligible for assistance effective October 1, 2017. The program expansion is made possible by an $897,852 grant from United States Department of Labor and the award-winning national non-profit, Senior Services America, Incorporated (SSAI). Created in 1968,...

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...

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...

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!...

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...

Urban League Announces Career Expo 2016 On October 26, 2016, the Winston-Salem Urban League will host Career Expo 2016 to address the persistent unemployment experienced by tens of thousands of people across the Triad. “We keep hearing unemployment is down, jobs are up,” says James Perry, CEO of the Urban League. “That’s news,” he continues, “ to North Carolinian who have become so frustrated that they have quit searching for jobs. We know they still want to work and we won’t give up on them. Often times, it is a matter of connecting the right employee with the right employer. Career Fair 2016 will...

Standing with Charlotte Charlotte is more than an hour away, but their challenges could become ours in seconds. We must all stand with Charlotte during this difficult time. I urge our partners to follow the work of the Urban League of the Central Carolinas as they provide steady leadership in Charlotte during this difficult time. It would be a nightmare to see Winston-Salem violently divided, police against residents and government against citizens. I dare not imagine protesters marching down 4th Street seeking basic dignity and respect clashing with police obligated to establish order. We all hope to avoid that nightmare by implementing the right policies on...