The Chicago Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream in the United States. Founded in 1916, the Chicago Urban League initially helped rural African Americans migrating from the South adjust to northern, urban living. Today the Chicago Urban League is one of the major civil rights organizations in Chicago, and one of the most highly recognized affiliates of the National Urban League. Throughout nearly a century of service, the Chicago Urban League remains committed to opening the doors of opportunity for African Americans through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. Our work reaches into the heart of Chicago and touches thousands of students, job seekers, entrepreneurs, homeowners, and families.
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The Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong, sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. The Chicago Urban League is committed to implementing its mission with a strategic focus on educational equality, economic development and social justice and through the well-informed pursuit of the following strategies: â¢Ensuring access to quality education that prepares individuals to become lifelong learners and to be competitive and successful in the global economy. â¢Preparing individuals for work at all levels in an ever-changing economy, developing engaged citizens, and building strong families. â¢Supporting community based investment and growth through facilitating entrepreneurship, business development, and home and real estate ownership â¢Advocating for policies and programs that ensure equal participation by African Americans in the economic and social mainstream.
The goal of the Project Ready program is to help students build the individual assets necessary for adult academic, career and life success. Individual assets most beneficial to youth and young adults as they transition to adulthood include academic credentials (diplomas, certificates and degrees) and personal human capital, such as their marketable skills, abilities, competencies, relationships and social networks.
Academic Achievement, Social Development & College & Culture Awareness
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