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THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE COMBATS UNEMPLOYMENT IN ATLANTA WITH ITS “JOBS REBUILD AMERICA” CAMPAIGN

- A 50-City, $100 Million Public-Private-Nonprofit Partnership Effort to Put America Back to Work –

- National Urban League Presents $965,000 Grant to The Urban League of Greater Atlanta -

October 11, 2013 (New York, NY) – Today, the National Urban League, the nation's largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, announced a $965,000 grant to The Urban League of Greater Atlanta as part of its historic “Jobs Rebuild America: Educate, Employ, Empower” initiative.  Jobs Rebuild America, a solutions-based, comprehensive approach to the nation’s employment and education crisis, brings together federal government, business, and nonprofit resources to create economic opportunity in 50 communities nationwide through the Urban League affiliate network.  The Urban League first unveiled the two-prong campaign in May in Cleveland, OH in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, currently led by Secretary Tom Perez.  

The community investment component of Jobs Rebuild America is a $100 million, five-year multi-platform effort designed to reach job-seekers, vulnerable youth and entrepreneurs.  The initiative uses a comprehensive community development model that includes program offerings such as job-training for youth (18-24) and mature workers (55+), college preparation, a jobs network, entrepreneurship support, small business financing and resources, and tax credits, among others.  

This component also includes efforts specifically targeted to making communities across America safer and rehabilitating youth who have been involved in the criminal justice system through restorative justice programming, which focuses on rehabilitation through repair of harm and positive reconciliation with victims and the community at large.  The Urban Youth Empowerment Program (UYEP) Works specifically serves young adults ages 18-24, 60% of whom are adult ex-offenders and the remaining 40% of whom are either high school drop outs or adjudicated youth.  The program offers job readiness, education and training, mentoring, and restorative justice/community service as well as an anti-violence campaign.

“As our nation faces the lowest labor force participation rate in almost 35 years, creating jobs and economically viable communities must be a collaborative, tripod effort between the government, corporate and nonprofit sectors,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League.  “Our Jobs Rebuild America initiative is a leading example that public-private-nonprofit partnerships can drive job creation and the program innovation required to revitalize struggling communities.  It’s time to shift from the debate about the problems of unemployed, unsafe and under-resourced communities to comprehensively doing what is required to solve them, and our affiliates across the country, including The Urban League of Greater Atlanta, are primed to do just that.”

As a designated Jobs Rebuild America market, The Urban League of Greater Atlanta is receiving community investment competitive grants for three signature National Urban League programs –UYEP, the Entrepreneurship Center program, and Project Ready: Post-Secondary Success Program.

“The Urban League of Greater Atlanta is excited to be a grant recipient of the Jobs Rebuild America initiative,” said Nancy Flake Johnson, President & CEO, The Urban League of Greater Atlanta.  “This significant public and private investment comes at a critical time as we are committed to ensuring that our youth, young adults and small business sector are prepared to participate in the burgeoning economy in the Greater Atlanta region.  As we continually seek to better serve the needs of our local community, we have designed a 21st Century workforce development system to reach thousands of job seekers, while targeting some of our most vulnerable unemployed.”

For the UYEP program, the Atlanta affiliate will serve 100 unemployed and out of school young adults ages 18-24 over two years via case management support, job readiness and placement services, life skills, mentoring, restorative justice and education and training opportunities.

The Urban League of Greater Atlanta Entrepreneurship Center provides business technical assistance and management consulting as well as extensive business start-up and growth training services to 800 small and minority businesses in the Atlanta area annually.  

The National Urban League will also continue its grant commitment to the Atlanta affiliate for its Project Ready efforts around academic, college and career readiness, mentoring and social and cultural support for 9th-12th grade students at Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta.

“We are fully committed to the work that we are doing and to investing critical resources to make a positive difference in the lives of the people of Atlanta,” said Morial.  “What we are accomplishing here is representative of what we are doing with our partners and affiliates across the nation to provide economic and education opportunities in communities of greatest need.”

For additional information on Jobs Rebuild America, program components and employment opportunities, as well as participant testimonials, visit www.jobsrebuildamerica.org.   

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