Broward Entrepreneur Finds Success With Help From Urban League Loan Fund
As a teenager, Keel Russell still remembers looking around his low-income community in Broward County and realizing how tough it was to succeed financially. He wanted to avoid all the dreaded challenges holding back so many of his family friends and relatives. His ticket out: become an entrepreneur.
African-Americans Can Have Major Impact with Their Purchasing Power
Social injustice continues to remain a big issue. You can see it across our community in the widening gaps between the rich and poor, the unequal distribution of government resources, and the disenfranchisement of individuals and entire groups from the political process.
Urban League of Broward County Selected to Build Afford Housing through New County Project
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (March 24, 2017) – The Urban League of Broward County has been selected to build affordable single-family homes as part of a new Board of County Commissioners project to construct more homes for qualifying very-low to moderate income households across Broward County.
Urban League Helps Broward School District Adopt New Supplier Diversity Outreach Policy
The Urban League of Broward County proudly participated in drafting a new School Board of Broward County policy to provide fair and equitable distribution of procurement and contracting opportunities to our local diverse business community. Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D., CEO and President of the Urban League of Broward County, was a key part of the 30-member Disparity Study Work Group that reviewed, prioritized and provided feedback to the District’s new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program, known as Policy 3330.
Long Arc of History Will Judge President Obama Favorably
“Yes, we can…yes, we did.” These were the bookend pledges of Barack Obama -- the words he used to describe the start, and now the end, of an extraordinary eight-year presidency full of expectations that he'd deliver on hope and change for Americans, especially people of color.
Urban League Stakeholders Meeting Encourages More Minority Businesses To Be Included in Local Projects
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – November 21, 2016 – The Urban League of Broward County recently held its annual stakeholders meeting in which a panel of top Florida CEOs discussed the importance of hiring more small and minority-owned businesses for public and private projects in order to help diversify, innovate and strengthen local economies.
Importance of Supporting Health Care Reform
In the past three years, the rate of African American without health insurance has dropped by nearly 50 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That amounted to about three million adults gaining medical coverage -- many for the first time in many years. Those are astounding figures.
Urban League of Broward County Raised More Than $300,000 at Annual Red Gala
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (November 1, 2016) – The Urban League of Broward County, a nonprofit human services organization, raised more than $300,000 during its Sept. 24 Red Gala, presented by BankUnited, to support the agency’s education, jobs, housing, and health programs.
Three New Board Members Join Urban League of Broward County
Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 27, 2016 – Urban League of Broward County welcomes three new board members to help the organization focus on its mission of securing economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights for families and individuals across the community.
The Need for More African-American Male Teachers
Education is a key component of social-economic success in our nation. Yet gaining a quality education isn’t so easy for many African-American children who end up in some of our lowest-performing schools. One way to change that is to attract more diverse, empathic teachers into our school system so they can serve as good role models to our children and make education more engaging, fun and practical to daily life.
Statement on Recent Violence Against Police Officers and Members of the Minority Community
The Urban League of Broward County offers our condolences to the police officers killed and wounded in Dallas last night following a peaceful demonstration triggered by this week’s officer-involved fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights.
Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh Celebrates 20 Years of Service
Wow! It has been 20 years since I donned my one good interview suit to convince the CEO, Don Bowen and the Vice President, Blanche Templeton to hire me. It has been 20 years since I walked through our doors with a small box with decorative items for my first "real" office. It has been 20 years today that I can say I made the BEST decision to join the Urban League team.
Urban League Employment Fair Creates Better Shot at Success for Hundreds in Broward
More than 600 people attended an employment fair on June 15 organized by the Urban League of Broward County, indicating a need for good paying local jobs even though the unemployment rate in Broward County has dropped significantly in recent years. Job seekers, ages 16 and older, looked for career opportunities from close to 40 leading local employers, including Broward College, Walgreens, Walmart, MD NOW, Toyota, Macy’s, and many other companies.
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE’S STATE OF BLACK AMERICA RANKS MIAMI METROPOLITAN AREA 25th IN UNEMPLOYMENT EQUALITY
Fort Lauderdale (May 17, 2016) – According to the 2016 State of Black America® report, the Miami Metropolitan area (which includes Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.) ranked 25th nationally in unemployment equality and 17th in income equality. “These findings give us a gauge as to where we are and how far we have to go,” says Urban League of Broward County President and CEO, Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh
Urban League Hosts “Operation Trust” To Focus on Victims’ Rights, Offender Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention
The Urban League of Broward County is hosting a forum on April 23 called “Operation Trust,” to bring attention to victims’ rights, offender rehabilitation, and crime prevention. The event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Urban League of Broward County headquarters in Fort Lauderdale is part of our agency’s efforts to improve resident’s understanding of the judicial process – how to interact with law enforcement, comprehend their rights, and be clear on what to do if they are victims of crime.
Urban League of Broward County Students Win at Brain Bowl Competition in Tampa
Great news…Ten students participating in Urban League of Broward County’s National Achievers Society have won first and second places in the Florida Education Fund’s Annual State Brain Bowl Competition. The students took part in the competition on March 18 and 19 in Tampa to enhance their skills in mathematics, writing and reading. The team in the 9-10 grade Math Brain Bowl team placed first, and the team in the 11-12 Grade Math Brain Bowl placed second.
Urban League’s Spring Job Fair Drew Major Employers in Broward County
The Urban League of Broward County hosted the Spring Job Fair on March 16 featuring some of Broward County’s largest employers. Organized with Broward College, the job fair at the Urban League’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters attracted hundreds of local residents seeking jobs with major companies such as Fed Ex, Hilton Hotels, Macy’s, and Broward Health. Recruiters conducted one-on-one interviews with job applicants.
Stakeholders Meeting: Enterpreneurship Center & Living Well 2015
Urban League launches new programs with funding from Humana and BankUnited Companies contribute over $1 million in support of new programs during Diabetes Awareness and Entrepreneurship Month
Urban League of Broward County students to spread messages of hope during Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 18
Urban League of Broward County students will participate in a “Seeds of Hope” service-learning project in observance of the national Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 18, 2016. Students will assemble seed packets with positive messages of hope for distribution in the annual MLK parade along the Historic Sistrunk Corridor in Fort Lauderdale.
Urban League Receives $500,000 grant in from JPMorgan Chase
The Urban League of Broward County received a $500,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase during its annual Red Gala fundraiser held Saturday September 26 in Ft. Lauderdale’s historic Sistrunk community The “Sistrunk under the Stars” event hosted over 600 guests including supermodel Beverly Johnson to raise funds for the Urban League’s programs and services.
New Broward Initiative to Reduce Diabetes and Congestive Health Failure
A few weeks ago, the Urban League of Broward County received great news: we are the recipient of a $350,000 Humana Communities Benefit charitable grant funded by the Humana Foundation to help prevent the spread of diabetes and reduce the cases of congestive heart failure in our community. These funds are much needed locally to tackle these serious health issues.
Urban League of Broward County Recipient of $350,000 Humana Communities Benefit Grant in Fort Lauderdale
The Urban League of Broward County (ULBC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering communities and changing lives in the areas of education, jobs, housing and health, is the recipient of this year’s $350,000 Humana Communities Benefit charitable grant in Fort Lauderdale, funded by the Humana Foundation.
Building More Community Partnerships to Strengthen Our Schools
How do we strengthen our public schools? Here’s one solution: find new and innovative ways to increase student and family involvement in the education system.
Urban League of Broward County to Honor Community Leaders at Annual Red Gala
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (August 28, 2015) – The Urban League of Broward County, a nonprofit human services organization, will recognize two community leaders at its Red Gala presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Saturday, September 26 at 7:00 pm at Reverend Sam Delevoe Park in the heart of the Sistrunk community in Fort Lauderdale.
BankUnited Announces $1 Million in Funding To Urban League of Broward County for its Small Business Loan Fund
MIAMI LAKES, Fla.--(AUGUST 19, 2015)--BankUnited announced a $1 million equity-equivalent (EQ2) investment to fund the Urban League of Broward County Small Business Loan Fund, becoming the first financial institution to seed a new microlending pool that will improve access to capital for low-income entrepreneurs and small business owners across the state.
National Urban League Conference Draws 13,000 Attendees and Leaves Notable “Gifts” to Local Community
Fort Lauderdale, FL – August 3, 2015 – The Urban League of Broward County, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and TD Bank played host to top policy-makers, academicians and business leaders during the 2015 National Urban League Conference, July 29 – August 1.
Mural To Be Created For 2015 National Urban League Conference in Broward
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – July 27, 2015 – The Urban League of Broward County Community Empowerment Center will be transformed into a dynamic rotating Art Exhibition, showcasing work from both emerging and established artists. The Art Gallery will launch on Tues., July 28 at 6 p.m. during a reception sponsored by PNC Bank at the Urban League, where Cey Adams, founding creator of Def Jam and renowned graffiti artist, will unveil a special mural entitled “Save Our Cities.”
National Youth Leadership Summit Coming To Nova Southeastern University
The National Urban League Youth Leadership Summit will be held July 28-August 2 on the campus of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), bringing more than 600 youth to the Fort Lauderdale area to learn about college preparedness and celebrate their successes.
Urban League Kicks Off Summer Enrichment Camp
The Urban League of Broward County has started its 10-week Summer Enrichment Camp that provides a safe and structured environment for children and youth of low-income families. Camp activities for the more than 200 children feature cultural enrichment field trips, life-skills training, academic development programs, water safety and swimming instruction, and arts & crafts projects.
Youth finding the path into hospitality jobs
With tourism booming, the industry is looking to the next generation for employees. The tri-county area recorded 35 million tourist last year and $42 billion in spending — performance that is leading to new hotels, stores and restaurants that need workers.