“Breaking the Cycle” Campaign Launched to Reduce Poverty in Broward County

Alica Brown
January 28, 2015

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“Breaking the Cycle” Campaign Launched to Reduce Poverty in Broward County

Fort Lauderdale, FL – January 28, 2015 – The Urban League of Broward County has launched a new campaign to expand its programs that break the cycle of poverty for thousands of local people who have been held back for so by crippling economic and social factors.

Our “Breaking the Cycle” campaign is encouraging members of our community to donate, volunteer and take a pledge to support the Urban League of Broward County’s programs that have created a fair shot at upward mobility for countless individuals and families.

The start of the campaign coincides with the Urban League of Broward County celebrating its 40th anniversary in serving our community. It also comes as our agency plays host to the National Urban League Conference, which will bring close to 10,000 people to Fort Lauderdale on July 29-Aug. 1.

The campaign is set to kick off at the Annual Meeting/Business Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on January 30 at the Urban League of Broward County.

“We have done so much as a community to help the more than 7,000 people who are impacted by our programs every year,” said Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D., president and CEO of Urban League of Broward County. “But I know our community, and we can do even more together to reduce juvenile arrests, foreclosure, infant mortality, and so many other poverty-related factors. Our entire community will benefit when we break the cycle of poverty -- together.”

The Urban League of Broward County programs cut poverty by improving economic stability and uplifting struggling individuals and families by providing them access to life-changing employment and education opportunities and quality housing and health care services.

Here are facts about our four core program areas:

-- Education Fact: 100% of high school students enrolled in our programs graduate from school and pursue college or specialized training.

-- Employment Fact: 9 out of 10 participants obtain employment or advance their careers upon receiving our job readiness and soft skills training.

-- Housing Fact: we saved more than 80 families in Broward County from losing their homes to foreclosure last year. 

-- Health Fact: An average of 300 pregnant women a year gain access to safe and reliable prenatal care.

While there have been many triumphs over poverty, Broward County still has a long way to go. There are many more people looking for decent jobs, affordable housing, a chance at college, and better medical care.

With more support from the public, the Urban League of Broward County can expand our programs and create more opportunity for the people of Broward County.

Learn more about our “Breaking the Cycle” campaign by visiting: www.ulbroward.org/breakingthecycle.

About Urban League of Broward County

Celebrating 40 years of service, the Urban League of Broward County is a not for profit organization founded to empower communities and change lives. Our mission is to assist African Americans and other disenfranchised groups in the achievement of social and economic equality.  Our “Breaking the Cycle” programs uplift more than 7,000 people every year through affordable housing initiatives, youth development and diversion, employment and training, community empowerment, and civic engagement. We are hosting the National Urban League 2015 Annual Conference on July 31-August 1 in Fort Lauderdale. Learn more about Urban League of Broward County by visiting: www.ulbroward.org.


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