Ways We Are Helping

The Urban League has operated uninterrupted since March 16th on a telework basis. Here’s some examples of ways we are continuing to support our community to move up the economic ladder and advance their lives even in the midst of COVID 19:

Since the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic the Urban League has been open for business continuing to deliver services to our clients daily and offering new web-based services. Learn more about some of our most recent ways we are continuing to support our:

Emergency First Responders/Community Navigator Support – ULGA staff are fielding emergency calls from the community who have been impacted by COVID 19. Staff are a trusted listening ear providing linkages and support to connect with economic resources such as unemployment benefits, economic stimulus payments and small business loans and grants and emergency assistance for food, rent and utilities, health care and other resources.

BankWork$ – ULGA offers an occupational skills training program to prepare young adults for careers in the banking and financial services industry. In the midst of the pandemic, ULGA transitioned BankWork$ from classroom instruction to an on-line webinar format without missing a class and hosted the Graduation Celebration on line via ZOOM. Our 12 BankWork$ graduates will participate in a “virtual career fair” and continue to apply for and be placed in open positions with our banking partners. If you are a bank or financial institution that is still hiring, please contact us. For more information about BankWorK$ please contact Joseph Dillard at jdillard@ulgatl.org.

 Project Ready Mentor – Project Ready Mentor supports 45 high school students to graduate from high school on time ready for college, careers and life. Operating at Booker T. Washington and Benjamin E. Mays High Schools, Project Ready supports 9th – 12th graders with academic enrichment, career and college exploration, leadership and social development, college tours, behind the business tours and internships/employment. Project Ready continues to engage on line via ZOOM activities that include virtual college tours, leadership exercises, academic games and more. And Project Ready will host its first Virtual Mentor/Mentee Match Party on Saturday, April 11th via ZOOM. For more information, please contact Shenika Cowart, Program Manager at scowart@ulgatl.org.

CDL Training On-Line Launched Monday, April 6th – The ULGA’s Transitional Services & Adult Reentry Division launched its first on-line CDL Driver Training this week in partnership with Atlanta Technical College. The classroom portion of the course kicked off without a hitch (no pun intended – lol) using the ZOOM platform and our trainees were excited, vibrant, engaged and demonstrated retention of the material right from the start! They will have to defer the hands on driver portion of the training for now, but they will be ready! Drivers are still being hired at a livable wage of $21-$27 per hour. For more information, please contact Sam Fair, Program Manager at sfair@ulgatl.org.

First Time Homebuyer Workshop

First Time Homebuyer Workshop

The ULGA is a US Department of Housing and Urban Development Certified Housing Counseling Agency and we offer full day workshops for first time homebuyers to help them prepare for homeownership. On Saturday, March 28th the ULGA hosted its first Homebuyers Workshop on-line via ZOOM and we had 55 participants who were engaged for the full day. Our banks and mortgage lenders, insurance companies, realtors, home inspectors and down payment assistance providers all participated via ZOOM and delivered valuable information and support to our attendees. All 55 earned a certificate that qualifies them for down payment assistance if they are eligible. You can click here to listen to the webinar. For more information about our upcoming homebuyer workshops and scheduling one to one pre-and post-purchase counseling with a HUD Certified Housing Counselor, please contact Debb West at dwest@ulgatl.org

 

Pathways to Empowerment (P2E) Workforce Initiative

This program offers individuals who are unemployed and underemployed the opportunity to explore careers, gain job soft skills, access employment and supportive services. If citizens are recently laid off due to COVID 19 or in the job market, our P2E team is here to support you through this financial crisis. We offer career readiness training, access to occupational skills training, financial literacy classes and financial and career coaching. P2E hosts orientations weekly. For more information, please contact Leah Pulliam, Sr. Empowerment Advocate at lpulliam@ulgatl.org.

Young Fathers Program

 

 Supports young fathers 18-24 years of age who have had contact with the justice system, to gain parenting skills and access to education, training and employment. Orientations, parenting skills and career readiness training and coaching is offered on-line. For more information on the next orientation, coaching and classes please contact Aaron Johnson, Career & Employment Specialist at ajohnson@ulgatl.org

ULGA is seeking 30 young fathers to sign up for this program by the end of August.

Transitional Services
& Adult Reentry

Offers counseling, access to supportive services, education, career exploration, career readiness and occupational training and employment. CDL classes starting soon on-line. For more information contact Ashley Thompson at athompson@ulgatl.org or Sheena Smith at ssmith@ulgatl.org.

Entrepreneurship Classes and Coaching for Small Businesses

Start Up and Strategic Growth Accelerator courses are offered in English and Spanish the schedules can be accessed by clicking here. Small businesses may also get assistance with emergency small business loan applications and coaching to help with challenges associated with COVID 19 and start up and growth opportunities. Click here for the TEC training calendar and click here to schedule a coaching session with one of our experts.

For More Information on ULGA Programs and Services and Staff Contact Information click here or visit our website at www.ulgatl.org or contact Nancy Flake Johnson, President/CEO at njohnson@ulgatl.org or 404-659-6575.

For More Information on ULGA Programs and Services and Staff Contact Information

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