Urban League celebrates another successful year

At ULMT Annual Meeting, l-r: Patricia Stokes, ULMT CEO; Sam Howard, Urban League National Board member; and Latrisha Jemison, ULMT Board Chairperson.  Photo by Cass Teague

At ULMT Annual Meeting, l-r: Patricia Stokes, ULMT CEO; Sam Howard, Urban League National Board member; and Latrisha Jemison, ULMT Board Chairperson. Photo by Cass Teague

The Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) held its annual meeting programming this year at the affiliate’s new office space at 50 Vantage Way in MetroCenter. The affiliate hosted three separate sessions throughout the day, to give stakeholders and guests opportunities to visit for breakfast, lunch, or evening reception events on Dec. 4. President/CEO Patricia Stokes presented the annual report to the groups.

“This annual report represents the work of Urban League of Middle Tennessee during our last full fiscal year, July, 2013–June 30, 2014,” said Stokes. “We have also included some updates since our work and the support of that work is so dynamic. We continue to advance the mission of the League through our efforts in Workforce Development and Education. We have also been provided opportunities to expand the scope of our work to other areas and in this current year, we’ll work toward making progress that can be shared with you in 2014. Thank you for your continued investment in our work. We look forward to continuing those efforts.”

The Nashville Youth Training and Employment Corp (Y-TEC) program at Maplewood High School offered career assessments and paid internships, giving 20 students the opportunity to experience work and careers of interest with the goal of keeping the participant connected to school. There will also be program efforts directed to students at Nashville’ Pearl-Cohn High School. ULMT conducted a Fall and Spring college tour for high school students; served 85 students in four two session ACT Boot Camps for students; and served 45 students in a three-week summer leadership academy.

Through the Metro Community Enhancement Program and with other foundation support, ULMT offered literacy programming for 78 elementary and middle school aged youth. The program pilot pairs a church with a neighboring school and services are provided twice weekly for a total of six hours. The first year’s results were very positive and ULMT has launched a second year of the literacy-training model.

ULMT provided approximately 3000 units of service to 2500 adult job seekers with resume preparation, interview and personal presentation coaching, basic technology support, job search support including access to employers through presentations and job fairs. As of December, 2013, ULMT has suspended its adult education service, but had graduated 24 adult learners over the course of the program. It is anticipated that the program will be offered again beginning in January of 2015.

During 2013-14, NULITES/Project Ready served 139 high school students. Students completed community service projects, attended workshops geared toward college and career success and personal and social development.

ULMT also invested time and resources toward advancing education reform efforts that make sense for African American and other students of color.

ULMT continued its relationship with the National Urban League through the Equity and Excellence initiative and the Put Our Children 1st Common Core for Common Goals campaign.

ULMT also worked through the National Urban League with Tyson Foods on the KNOW Hunger initiative here in the Nashville area.