January 2011
Pizza Hunt

May 2010
2010 Annual Gala

April 2010

UL College Track

March 2010
- NOPD Survey
- UL School Expo


December 2009

- New Board Members
- Halo Spa Opening


November 2009
- Troy Simon, ULCT

September 2009
- Clear Channel to host Radiothon

August 2009
- UL National Convention

July 2009
- Missing Link Marketplace

June 2009

- Annual Gala Press Release

April 2009
- Nolan Rollins, Urban League CEO, Contributes to Think Tank
- Chevron to Award UL $50K
- McGee's Apparel Grand Opening
- Missing Link Marketplace

March 2009
- WBBRC Alumni Grand Opening Celebration
- Common Application Deadline

September 2008

May 30, 2007

May 25, 2007

March 1, 2007

 

NEWS

PIZZA HUT ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION INVESTMENT IN NEW ORLEANS AND BATON ROUGE

Partnership with National Urban League and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans to Create ‘Model Markets’

Dallas, TX (January 5, 2011) – Pizza Hut, Inc. today announced a groundbreaking plan to create model markets in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The two cities will become flagship markets for the Company as it invests $10 million or more over the next 18 months to establish state of the art restaurants to serve the community. The Company is working in partnership with the National Urban League and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans to establish urban renewal and economic empowerment in these communities.

“Pizza Hut is totally committed to making our restaurants in New Orleans and Baton Rouge the best in the country. We will build brand new restaurants over the next 18 months, replacing all existing restaurants with state of the art facilities to best serve our customers,” said Scott Bergren, President of Pizza Hut. “We are very pleased to partner with the National Urban League and believe our investment is both good business, and will stimulate economic development.”

In past years, the Company’s franchisee for the two markets had operated Pizza Hut restaurants in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The owner was unable to meet serious financial obligations to federal, state and local taxing authorities – as well as other corporate obligations left unpaid. As a result, these franchised Pizza Hut restaurants in the two markets have closed and will not reopen.

Pizza Hut, Inc. has begun to identify optimum locations and will immediately begin building brand new state of the art restaurants in those new locations. Once the restaurants are opened and operating, it will work with the National Urban League to seek a new franchisee for the markets. In the short term, displaced employees will be offered job counseling, training, career placement and other forms of assistance by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, which also serves the Baton Rouge market. Pizza Hut has committed to spend $1 million with the National Urban League and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans for this training and counseling. Long term, the Company is committed to rehiring former employees as the new restaurants come on line. Until then, they have been directed to contact the Department of Labor to seek available benefits as a result of their employment status. Former franchisee Larry Lundy has agreed to help the Company with its transition to a model market in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and will serve on a contractual basis with the Company for the next five years.

“We are pleased and honored to partner with Pizza Hut as they revitalize New Orleans and Baton Rouge with a significant investment in the community and conduct extensive employee training, job counseling and placement,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League.

“Pizza Hut’s investment is an additional shot in the arm to revitalize New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and will help create jobs and stimulate the economy,” said Nolan Rollins, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans.

About Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut delivers more pizza, pasta and wings than any other restaurant. The only pizza company to be named a top ten franchise in 2009 by Entrepreneur Magazine, Pizza Hut began 50 years ago in Wichita, Kansas and today operates nearly 10,000 restaurants in more than 90 countries. Pizza Hut, Inc. is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM). To check out what's new at Pizza Hut visit Pizzahut.com.

About the National Urban League

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are more than 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide. Visit online at www.nul.org or www.iamampowered.com

About the Urban League of Greater New Orleans

Founded in 1938, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans is one of over 100 affiliates of the National Urban League. The Urban League exists to improve the social and economic well-being of African American and other emerging communities. The Urban League's three Centers of Excellence offers programs and services in education and youth development, economic and workforce development and public policy and advocacy. For more information, visit us online at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org.


URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS ANNUAL GALA, June 26th
Diana Bajoie, Public Servant and Former Senator is Honoree

New Orleans, LA, May 27, 2010, 2010:  Each year, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans hosts its annual fundraising Gala. The cosmopolitan event which takes place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel’s Napoleon Ballroom, Saturday, June 26, 2010, 8 p.m., generates support for Urban League programs such as Early Head Start, Parent Information Center, Women’s Business Resource Center, Business Resource Center, College Track, Unlocking Opportunities, Economic Inclusion and more.  

This year the event will celebrate 100 years of the National Urban League Movement, and also pay tribute to an outstanding public servant, Diana Bajoie, who as a former senator led the way to create school-based health clinics, form the Minority Health Care Commission and increase health care coverage for citizens with mental health disorders. Ms. Bajoie efforts also led to creation of the Louisiana State Museum on Civil Rights and the expansion and renaming of the New Orleans Convention Center in honor of the city’s first African-American mayor, Ernest N. Morial. “We are extremely delighted to acknowledge the many contributions Diana Bajoie has made to the community and the opportunities her work has provided so many. Her life demonstrates how one caring person can affect change that makes a differencesays Nolan V. Rollins, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. We are also excited to announce this year’s Gala Chairpersons, Mr. Justin T. Augustine, III, Chief Executive Officer RTA/Vice President Veolia Transportation, and Sharlene Smith, Vice President of Operations, Great Southern Region McDonald’s USA, LLC.

Headlining entertainment for the evening is DeJaVu Band.  Special musical guest, Leah Chase, will also take the stage beginning at 7 p.m.  The event will feature food, networking, entertainment and the event’s signature Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire Martini Bars.  Individual Gala tickets are obtainable at a cost of $150 for Friend Level and $200 for Patron Level.  Tables may be purchased at a variety of levels including $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.  As a convenience, all tickets and table sponsorships may be purchased online by visiting the Urban League’s website at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org/gala. For more information on the Gala contact Cherie Williams at 504.620.2332.

About Urban League of Greater New Orleans
The Urban League of Greater New Orleans is one of 102 affiliates of the National Urban League. The mission of the Urban League is to encourage and empower communities in the pursuit of economic self-reliance, parity and civil rights. The Urban League’s three Centers of Excellence are focused in the areas of education and youth development, workforce and economic development, and public policy and advocacy. The Urban League is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian, community based organization and a participating agency of the United Way.  For more information on the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, visit us online at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org.

Oil Spill Employment: 500 Open Positions

We will take applications at JOB1 Business and Career Solutions, 2330 Canal St., New Orleans, LA on Saturday 5/1/2010 from 9:30am to 3pm. and Monday-Friday 9am to 3pm.

Must be at least 18 years old. Must have own transportation. Will live in a shared hotel enviroment. Will be paid a per diem.

Attached please find our application for prospective employees. In addition to our application, each applicant will need to complete an I-9 Form and W-4.

Pre-Screen Requirements:

Must be able to lift 40lbs
Must be able to work 7 days a week
Must have a valid U.S. I.D.
Must NOT have a Class X Felony under 20 years (Class X Felony being murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter)
Must NOT have a violent felony conviction within the past five years (aggravated assault or aggravated battery)

Job Description:

General Labor positions will be responsible for:
• Debris Removal
• Placing protective barriers along shorelines and beaches
• Basic menial tasks
• $10 - $12 DOE

Crew Leader positions will be responsible for:
• Supervising up to 10 people
• Debris Removal
• Placing protective barriers along shorelines and beaches
• Basic menial tasks
• $12 - $16 DOE

Site Supervisor positions will be responsible for:
• Supervising up to 10 Crew Leaders
• Debris Removal
• Placing protective barriers along shorelines and beaches
• Basic menial tasks
• $14 - $18 DOE

Site Safety Representative positions will be responsible for:
• Enforce safety scope of project
• PPE oversight
• OSHA enforcement
• Basic knowledge of EPA and environmental issues
• HAZMAT experience
• HAZWOPER experience

Lead Safety Representative positions will be responsible for:
• Manage Site Safety Representatives
• Develop overall safety scope of project
• Define all PPE requirements
• Strong understanding OSHA requirements
• Strong knowledge of EPA and environmental issues
• Ability to train HAZMAT
• Ability to train HAZWOPER

For more information contact Louisiana Workforce Commission - JOB1 Business and Career Solutions at (504) 658-4500.


Urban League College Track Seeks Motivated 8th graders to participate in a College Preparatory Program Beginning Summer 2010

New Orleans, LA, April 19, 2010— Urban League College Track is now accepting enrollment applications for the class of 2014!  This incredible opportunity is for rising 9th graders and is one that will close the gap between access and opportunity for higher learning.   

Urban League College Track, an after-school college preparatory program, is intentionally designed to support students from the end of eighth grade through college graduation.  Urban League College Track sets high expectations for student achievement and offers a variety of programs in three core areas: Academic Affairs, Student Life, and College Affairs.  Urban League College Track is merit-based, so students can begin earning college dollars while they are still in high school! 

The deadline to apply is May 3, 2010.  Students interested in participating in Urban League College Track can pick up an application at2322 Canal Street or visit www.urbanleagueneworleans.org to download an application.

The Urban League College Track venture in New Orleans, led by Urban League of Greater New Orleans President and CEO, Nolan Rollins, and College Track CEO Debbra Lindo, is garnering national attention as a flagship partnership joining the nation’s largest and oldest community-based organization devoted to empowering African Americans with a Bay area-based after school program that helps low-income students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college.  College Track’s work to affect systemic reform and influence a college going culture in New Orleans could serve as the program delivery model for the Education and Youth Empowerment initiatives nationwide. 

Currently, College Track serves 450 high school students at four centers in the San Francisco Bay area and New Orleans.  Its 280 college students attend more than 60 colleges and universities throughout the country.  Over the past 10 years, College Track has achieved tremendous results: more than 90% of College Track’s high school seniors enroll in a four-year university and over 90% of College Track’s college students have already earned or are still pursuing a college degree.

For more information, please contact Sherdren Burnside, Urban League College Track Site Director at 504-390-2500.  In addition, you may find additional resources at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org and www.collegetrack.org.


As Co-Chairperson of Mayor-Elect Mitch Landrieu's Chief of Police Task Force, I invite you to join us in the search process by helping to provide input on the qualities you believe the next police chief should have. Two convenient methods have been established to ensure your participation. You may go online and complete a survey by visiting Transitionneworleans and clicking on the take the survey link on the bottom right of the page beneath the box titled: Give Input on NOPD Police Chief.

Additionally, to provide another opportunity for you to be heard, a community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 11th, 6:30PM at the Superdome, in the Claiborne Room. Parking will be free of charge in garage #5. This will be the only public meeting where input from the community will be solicited directly, so please make every effort to attend. Hard copies of the survey will be available for pick up at the meeting and are available for pickup now at the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Patrick F. Taylor Center for Social and Economic Development, located at 2322 Canal Street. Your support of this process and your participation are greatly encouraged. Click here to also download a .pdf version of the survey.

March 1, 2010

Urban League of Greater New Orleans Parent Information Center and Partners to host School Expo

The School Expo, a signature program of the Urban League's Parent Information Center (PIC) will be held Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the University of New Orleans, Lindy Boggs Conference Center from 10 am - 2pm. The School Expo seeks to increase parent's awareness about school choice and familiarize them with the common application process (the application tool used to make school registration seamless). The event provides parents and students the opportunity to speak with school leaders as they explore exciting and innovative k-12 programs including schools with small class size, before and after school care, transportation, summer programs, tutorial programs, technology programs and more. Most importantly, the School Expo provides parents an opportunity to submit their Common Application timely and obtain information on over 80 elementary, middle and senior high schools all in one location.

In creating this unique opportunity for parents to interface with multiple school leaders at one time, we also strive to create an entertaining day of fun for the entire family. Food and drinks will be provided along with activities for kids such as rock climbing and face painting. Families will receive uniform vouchers (valued at $25) and backpacks with school supplies. We've partnered with schools and community resource/service providers to ensure the day is filled with all the information parents will need to give their children a head start on the upcoming school year! "The School Expo empowers parents with the information they need in a fun and supportive environment. Parents are encouraged to attend and learn more about the schools and which options are the best fit for their family," - Nolan Rollins, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater New Orleans.

Co-sponsoring organizations include Chevron, African American Women of Purpose and Power (AAWPP), New Orleans Kids Partnership, Connect2Educate, Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office, University of New Orleans, Recovery School District, Coca-Cola, Playworks, Communities in Schools and City Year. If you would like to receive a reminder about the school expo, text the word SCHOOLEXPO to 313131 to register for the alert.

December 2009

URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS ELECTS
NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In an October 21st meeting of the Directors of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, the following new Directors were elected:  Mark S. Boucree, Maida Jones, Michael Griffin, Dottie Reese, Peggy Grandpre, Dennis McSeveney, Keely Carrere Thibodeaux and Johmyrin Johnson.  "We are excited and gratified that these experienced education and business professionals have agreed to serve on our Board of Directors at this exciting period in our organization’s history," said Nolan V. Rollins, President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. "As we take steps to capitalize on opportunities to play a critical role in our city’s recovery, our clients, staff and the greater community will be well served by the contributions of these highly qualified and knowledgeable professionals."  Additional details of the board members' professional backgrounds include the following information.

Mark S. Boucree

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 Mark Boucree is Vice President of Community Development Banking for Capital One Bank.  A Xavier University graduate, Mr. Boucree has extensive background in housing development finance and affordable housing programs.  Also an entrepreneur, Boucree is a Principal with Parking Solutions LLC, a national parking management and parking meter company with operations in Atlanta and New Orleans. He serves on the board of the Mid-City Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Development Foundation, Neighborhood Housing Services, New Orleans Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Building Owners Management Association.

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 Maida Jones
Maida Jones is Executive Vice President of Guico Industries for the Southern Region. Ms. Jones holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Troy University and remains active in community and civic organizations which include Board Member of New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and the National Black MBA Association.  Ms. Jones is also a member of the Louisiana and Houston Minority Business Councils, National Association of Female Executives, Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Project Management Institute.

Michael G. Griffin
Michael Griffin is President/CEO of Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans. A professional in the field of Hospital Administration, Mr. Griffin holds a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Meharry Medical Center. Also an entrepreneur, Mr. Griffin is Executive Vice President and Owner of All American Concrete, Inc. and G & G Enterprises LLP, a Real Estate & Restaurant Corporation. Mr. Griffin serves on the board of Louisiana Primary Care Association, Louisiana Children’s Museum and 504 Health Net. His professional affiliations include the National Association of Health Services Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Dorothy “Dottie” Reese, MPH, MWS, CCDP

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Dottie Reese is a partner with DMM & Associates, and provides consulting services in the Healthcare field.  Ms. Reese is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work. As an Organizational Diversity and Cultural Competence Specialist, she also serves on the faculty of Cornell University in the School of Diversity Management Studies. She remains tied to her community through professional and civic organizations which include the Louisiana State University System Board of Supervisors, National Association of Social Workers Health Unit, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation and the American Hospital Association. 

Peggy W. Grandpre

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 Peggy Grandpre is Deputy Director of Marketing for the Port of New Orleans with a career that spans nineteen years in the maritime industry.  Ms. Grandpre is the first African American to lead an international trade organization in Louisiana and also held the office of President for the Greater New Orleans World Trade Club.  Ms. Grandpre is an officer and member of the New Orleans Regional Business Park, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Intermodal Association of North America, Memphis World Trade Club and World Trade Center of New Orleans. 

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 Dennis R. McSeveney, Ph.D.C
Dennis McSeveney is Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts, Associate Provost Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of New Orleans.  Mr. McSeveney holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Psychology from Emory University and is a Research Fellow with the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University.

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Keely Carrere Thibodeaux, RA, PMP
Keely Thibodeaux is Deputy Program Manager and Senior Project Manager for MWH Americas.  Ms. Thibodeaux previously held positions at Fluor, Tulane and Xavier Universities.  She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University.  Her professional affiliations include American Institute of Architects and Project Management Institute.

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 Johmyrin Johnson
Johmyrin Johnson is a Chemistry and Biology instructor with the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Loyola University and received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Orleans in 2009.  Mr. Johnson joins the board as representative for the Head Start Policy Council.

About the Urban League of Greater New Orleans
Founded in 1938, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans is one of 102 affiliates of the National Urban League.  The Urban League exists to improve the social and economic well-being of African American and other emerging communities. The Urban League's three Centers of Excellence offer programs and services in education and youth development, economic and workforce development and public policy and advocacy.  For more information, visit us online at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org.  The Urban League is a participating agency of the United Way of the Greater New Orleans area.


Halo Med & Wellness Spa

The Urban League of Greater New Orleans’ Women’s Business Resource Center (WBRC) is pleased to announce the opening of another small business to the Jefferson Parish community.  “Business development is critical to the region and we promote and assist business development training prior to opening,” says Angele S. VonDerPool, WBRC Director.  “We want businesses that will thrive in today’s changing economy, so owners must first understand the serious nature of their undertaking. This business duo received hours of training with our professional consultants and we are pleased to not only announce their opening, but inform them that we will stand beside them throughout their growth cycles.”
On Tuesday, December 11, 2009, Donyel Bocage will host the Grand Opening of Halo Med & Wellness Spa, located at 4700 Wichers Dr., suite 207, Marrero, Louisiana 70072.  Halo Med & Wellness Spa is a spa that offers alternative cleansing needs such as colonics, ear candling, and gourmet enemas, as well as maintenance products.  This 1500 square foot location is within walking distance of West Jefferson Hospital. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 11am -2pm allowing visitors to not only tour the facility but also schedule services should they be interested.
Donyel states, “Spas are places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit. Halo Med & Wellness Spa is no exception to providing services and treatments that will impact the overall health and well-being of its clients.  Halo staff will provide training of practices and procedures to change the diet and exercise regime of clients.  The spa will promote and increase the awareness and benefits of wellness and healthy lifestyle choices.”
The Jefferson Parish Westbank business community welcomes this establishment in an effort to cultivate the health and wellness trend.  Donyel continues stating, “companies need healthy employees and Halo Med & Wellness Spa is a start-up company that will provide medical alternative therapies and treatments to clients that seek a holistic approach to many health aliments.  These treatments are supported for the sole purpose of providing and promoting a healthy lifestyle.”
Halo Med & Wellness Spa will operate Monday through Friday from 10am to 6 pm, and Saturday by appointment.  Anyone interested in attending the Grand Opening is welcome to come; however all services must be scheduled in advance.  The Spa phone number is (504) 328-5555, or visit their website www.halomedspa.net for more information.


November 2009

Troy Simon, Urban League College Track Student, Named Finalist in President Obama's "I Am What I Learn" Video Contest

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Urban League of Greater New Orleans congratulates Troy Simon, a finalist in the "I AM What I Learn" Video Contest. Troy is a sophomore at Greater Gentilly High School and a second year participant in the Urban League College Track program.

On September 8, at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, President Barack Obama delivered a national address to students across America on the importance of taking responsibility for their success in school. On September 21, the U.S. Department of Education launched a national video contest in conjunction with You Tube called "I Am What I Learn" to seek students response to the President's call.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, over 600 students across the country responded since the contest's launch by creating videos explaining why education is important to their future. The contest was open to active middle, secondary and college students, ages 13 and older. In their entries, students talked about their personal goals and the role education plays in meeting them. The submissions came from students with diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds, and the content ranged from music videos to short skits. The common theme in all of these videos is that education is the key to their success.

Criteria for the video was strict and Troy committed to extra hours after school to learn the computer editing programs and compile all of the media. The Department of Education contacted Greater Gentilly High School at the beginning of the week to notify them that Troy's video had been selected as a top ten finalist.

Troy now needs our help to make it to the final three! Please take a few minutes to go online, and vote for Troy's video. It is "I Am What I Learn - Troy" (the one with the streetcar) on the following website: http://www.ed.gov/iamwhatilearn/index.html. To vote, you must click on the green thumbs up after viewing the video. The top three winners will receive a $1000 scholarship and will be announced the week of December 1. Winning videos will be chosen based on use of creativity, strength and originality of content, and ability to inspire.
About Urban League College Track
Urban League College Track provides intensive support working with students from the end of their eighth grade year through entrance into college. The program's design focuses with intention on developing the model college applicant with a focus on academics, community service and leadership development. Students participate through summer experiences and after-school programming throughout the school year.

About the Urban League of Greater New Orleans
Founded in 1938, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans is one of 102 affiliates of the National Urban League. The Urban League exists to improve the social and economic well-being of African American and other emerging communities. The Urban League's three Centers of Excellence offers programs and services in education and youth development, economic and workforce development and public policy and advocacy. For more information, visit us online at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org. The Urban League is a participating agency of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans area.

SEPTEMBER 2009

SCHOLASTIC, Clear channel to host Radiothon
to benefit New Orleans-AREA schools

Two-Day Radio Fundraiser Will Emphasize the Importance of Reading,
Help Put Books in the Hands of Local Students

 

NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 3, 2009) – Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and Clear Channel Radio today announced a two-day “NOLA Read and Rise Radiothon” on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 10 -11,  to promote literacy and encourage listeners to make donations so that 10,000 New Orleans area students can purchase their own book during upcoming special Scholastic Read and Rise Book Fairs.
The NOLA Read and Rise Radiothon is part of an ongoing partnership between Scholastic Book Fairs and Clear Channel Radio to help students in underserved schools in the New Orleans area. The radiothon will  air on Q93 (93.3 FM), 98.5 WYLD, AM 940, and Gospel 1280. 
“Scholastic Book Fair's mission to help all schools inspire a lifelong love for reading in all children,” says Dillon Kalkhurst, director of specialty programs and business development for Scholastic Book Fairs. “The Read and Rise Scholastic Book Fair is designed to meet the needs and challenges of underserved schools and ensure that every student has the opportunity to choose and own their own books.”
Through the Read and Rise program, organizations and individuals can help put books in the hands of kids by sponsoring a school or making a donation. During the Read and Rise Book Fair, students will receive a $5 reading certificate that they can use to purchase a book of their choosing.

"Studies show that when children are able to choose the books they want to read for fun, they are more likely to become lifelong readers and learners,” says Kalkhurst. “That’s the power of the Scholastic Book Fair…letting kids choose their own books.”
The two-day radio fundraiser will feature on-air interviews with local business owners, principals, educators, and the superintendent of the New Orleans Recovery School District, who will talk about the importance of reading in their lives and careers.
Radio personalities from all three stations will be promoting the efforts on-air both days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read and Rise champions from each station, Loretta Petite, Adrian Long, and “Uptown” Angela will also read to students at local schools as part of the Scholastic Book Fair.  Radiothon phone banks will be open on September 10 and 11 until 7 p.m., each day and pledges and donations may be placed by calling (504) 240-5181. Online donations can be made at www.nolaradiothon.com through Sunday, September 13.

 

"We recognize that, unfortunately, many students across New Orleans can’t afford to own their own books," said Mike Kramer, Director of Operations for Clear Channel – New Orleans. “Through the generosity of local businesses and organizations, many more students will have access to a wide selection of exciting, affordable books, so they learn to read, love to read, and are successful in life.”

More than a dozen area businesses have already contributed to the fundraising effort, helping to provide more than 8,000 students at New Orleans schools with $5 reading certificates, which students can use to purchase books during their Scholastic Read and Rise Book Fair. The Book Fairs will be held during the weeks of Sept. 7 and Sept. 14.

The local sponsors include:

  1. Abide Home Health Care
  2. Audubon Nature Institute
  3. Clear Channel Radio
  4. Copeland And Co
  5. Daughters Of Charity (Exclusive Sponsor)
  6. Dr. Jean-Farere Dyer, M.D
  7. Finance Authority Of New Orleans
  8. Justice For All Law Firm
  9. Liberty Bank
  10. Logo Express Uniforms
  11. Make It Right Foundation
  12. Monsanto
  13. New Orleans Demolition Service Homebuilders
  14. Roubion Construction Company
  15. Urban League of New Orleans
  16. Youth Rescue Initiative

About Clear Channel Radio
Clear Channel Radio is a leading broadcaster serving more than 110 million listeners in communities across the U.S. The company's broadcasts can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, the Internet, iPods and cell phones, and via navigation systems from BMW, Volvo, TomTom, Garmin and others. The company's operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation. Clear Channel Radio is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company.  More information on the company can be found at www.clearchannel.com.
About Read and Rise
Scholastic launched Read and Rise in 2001 to empower families and communities to support children’s early literacy and reading development. A key element of the program – Read and Rise Book Fairs – provides students with a wide selection of popular books at affordable prices, with most books priced below $5. Through the program, school districts and similar lead organizations team with local partners to meet specific literary needs in that community. Participating organizations receive free training curricula, guides, and other resources designed to create an environment that inspires and sustains literacy.

For more information on Read and Rise Scholastic Book Fairs visit:
www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/readandrise

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and children's media. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, television networks and the Company’s Internet Site, www.scholastic.com.

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CONTACT:
Teryl McLane, 407-829-8282 or tmclane@scholasticbookfairs.com
Tyler Reed, 212-343-6427 or treed@scholastic.com




August 2009

Urban League of Greater New Orleans Staff & President Attend National Urban League Conference in Chicago

“The Pathway to Power” was the conference theme.

Earn! Own! Thrive! Prosper!...was the resounding message last week as business leaders, actors, politicians and community activists from around the country converged on the city of Chicago for the 2009 National Urban League Conference. Among the 5,000 plus in attendance were staff and CEO Nolan V. Rollins of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, members of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals, and Urban League Board Chairman, Flozell Daniels, Jr.

The conference proved to be strong medicine for conference attendees and provided powerful remedies, solutions, ideas and a greater understanding to bring back and help to empower communities across America.

Resources included seminars, plenary sessions, workshops, and special events with over 100 speakers and experts including corporate CEO’s, entrepreneurs and the nation’s foremost scholars on education, wealth accumulation, rebuilding communities, economic development, workforce development, poverty, and the emerging “green” economy. Vice President Joe Biden, basketball star-turned-entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Tyra Banks - CEO of Bankable Productions and CNN correspondents Soledad O’Brien and Roland Martin were among the featured speakers and panelists.

Ninety-nine years after the National Urban League was founded to serve the needs of migrant Blacks hoping to escape oppression in the south, the National Urban League's mission and the work of its 100 affiliate chapters is as relevant as ever, dispelling the myth that the election of President Barack O’Bama has suddenly erased decades of racial discrimination and inequality.

For Louisiana, the economic picture mirrors that of the rest of the country and presents new challenges and new opportunities for countless individuals. Unemployment, foreclosures and rents continue to rise, the educational system remains marginalized, and small businesses continue to struggle to gain a foothold. “We have to prepare people and give them the skills they need to fight back” said Nolan V. Rollins, President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. “We will continue to focus our Three Centers of Excellence to provide the skills people need to fight back during tough times.” Ensuring that every individual has an opportunity to earn a decent wage and own a home, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive and obtain a college education, and ensuring small and emerging businesses have an opportunity to thrive remain at the forefront of League priorities.

This year, the New Orleans affiliate has served over 10,000 individuals with advocacy, financial literacy training, business counseling, business technical assistance, entrepreneurial training, parent information workshops, parent leadership orientations, school principal’s information luncheons, disaster preparedness information, after school college preparatory training, Head Start services, job training, college placement and tuition assistance.

In July of 2010, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans will again join the National Urban League in Washington D.C. for its 100th Anniversary Celebration. For over 70 years the Urban League of Greater New Orleans has been a leader in promoting sustainable change in the African American community. For more information about the Urban League of Greater New Orleans visit www.urbanleagueneworleans.org.

July 2009

URBAN LEAGUE'S WOMEN'S BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER TO HOST MISSING LINK MARKETPLACE
Event To Showcase Clients and Inspire Entrepreneurs

NEW ORLEANS - On Saturday, August 1, 2009, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans (ULGNO) Women's Business Resource Center (WBRC) will host the Missing Link Marketplace, a showcase of WBRC clients. The event is scheduled to take place from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m at the Urban League's Multi-Purpose Center at 2322 Canal Street in New Orleans. This event is free and open to the public.

The Missing Link Marketplace will feature over 20 local entrepreneurs ranging from caterers to clothing retailers. "At the Women's Business Resource Center, we work with a wide-range of clients to help give them information and the tools to start and grow their businesses," said Angele S. VonDerPool, WBRC Program Director.

Representatives from the WBRC will be on-hand to answer questions and sign up any interested entrepreneurs who need business assistance.

For a complete list of businesses participating, visit urbanleagueneworleans.org.

About the Urban League's WBRC
The WBRC is a leading resource for small and emerging businesses (SEB's) in the Metro New Orleans area. The WBRC assists potential business owners with formalized business planning and expansion plans to empower SEB's to become viable entities in the free enterprise system.

The WBRC, opened in 2001, is the one of two Women's Centers in Louisiana and serves clients from an eight-parish region. WBRC is a public-private venture partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

About the ULGNO
Established in 1910, the National Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community-driven agency devoted to securing economic self-reliance, parity, power and equal rights for African Americans. The ULGNO was founded in 1938 to advocate better race relations and improve the social and economic standing of African Americans in the New Orleans area. The Urban League directly services more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.



June 2009

URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS ANNUAL GALA, July 18th
Millie McClelland Charles, Social Work pioneer is Honoree

New Orleans, LA, June 16, 2009:  Each year, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans hosts its annual fundraising Gala.  The cosmopolitan event will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in the Napoleon Ballroom on Saturday, July 18 2009, at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the Gala provide support for Urban League programs such as Early Head Start, Parent Information Center, Women’s Business Resource Center, Business Resource Center, College Track, Unlocking Opportunities, Economic Inclusion and more.

The gala will pay tribute to an outstanding social work icon, Dr. Millie McClelland Charles. As Dean of Southern University’s School of Social Work, Dr. Charles greatly impacted the field of social work through her leadership in the founding and guiding of SUNO’s Social Work baccalaureate and Masters programs into fully accredited curriculums. “We are extremely delighted to acknowledge the many contributions Dean Charles has made to this community and the opportunities her work has provided so many students. Her life demonstrates how one person can positively affect so many lives in so many ways, says Nolan V. Rollins, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. We are also excited to announce this year’s Gala Chairpersons, Mr. Flozell Daniels Jr., President, Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, and Warner Williams, Vice President, Chevron’s Gulf Coast Business Unit.  Serving as Honorary Chairperson is acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce, of the “Wire.”

Headlining the entertainment for the evening is DeJaVu Band.  Special musical guest, singer/songwriter Rhonda Richmond, will also take the stage. Back by popular demand are the much anticipated Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire Martini Bars.  Individual Gala tickets are $150 for Friend Level and $200 for Patron Level.  Tables may be purchased at a variety of levels including $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.  As a convenience, all tickets and tables are available for purchase online by visiting the Urban League’s website at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org/gala. For more information on the Annual Gala or to make a reservation, please go online or contact Cherie Williams at 504.620.2332.


April 2009

NOLAN ROLLINS, URBAN LEAGUE CEO, CONTRIBUTES TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF WORKFORCE POLICY IDEAS AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY’S POVERTY, JUSTICE AND JOBS THINK TANK

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Nolan Rollins, President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans will discuss “Moving At-Risk Populations to work, organizing for Good Jobs, and the Green Collar Promise”, Friday, May 1st, as a guest panelist at Harvard’s “Poverty, Justice and Jobs Think Tank.”
  
The “think tank,” is part of the curriculum of the Advanced Leadership Initiative program sponsored by Harvard University and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at the Harvard Law School.  The Advanced Leadership Initiative is a collaboration among five of the university’s professional schools — business, law, government, education and public health, and flows from an understanding that cross-sector effort is necessary to address society’s most pressing problems.  It is designed to enhance and leverage the skills of already-accomplished leaders to maximize their impact on significant social and economic issues.

The Leadership Initiative Fellows engage in dialogue with experts, advocates, social entrepreneurs, and public officials, to close knowledge gaps by finding new ways to develop and implement comprehensive solutions.  “It is a great honor to be asked to participate with this innovative educational  program.  New Orleans is facing an unprecedented recovery which presents unique possibilities for the educational system, housing, workforce and small businesses.  I welcome the opportunity to bring critical issues into the conversation where development of new policy ideas is being discussed by such diverse and accomplished leaders,” said Rollins.

Last month, Rollins also participated in the National Urban League’s annual Legislative policy conference in Washington D.C., where he met with lawmakers to advocate funding for workforce development initiatives to assist at-risk youth, and to increase small business capacity.

About Urban League of Greater New Orleans
The Urban League of Greater New Orleans is one of 102 affiliates of the National Urban League. Established in 1910, the National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-driven agency devoted to securing economic self-reliance, parity, and equal rights for African Americans and other emerging communities. The Urban League of Greater New Orleans was founded in 1938 to advocate better race relations and improve the social and economic standing of African Americans. The Urban League directly services more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research. For more information on the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, visit us online at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org.  The Urban League is a participating agency of the United Way of the Greater New Orleans area.


CHEVRON TO AWARD $50K TO
URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS
FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS OUTREACH

NEW ORLEANS – On Monday, April 27, 2009, the Chevron Corporation will present the Urban League of Greater New Orleans (ULGNO) with $50,000 to start a new community disaster preparedness initiative named, HurricaneReady.  “This outreach program will combat the complacency that many families and small businesses have about the importance of hurricane season readiness,” said Nolan Rollins, Urban League’s President and CEO. This program is an outgrowth of the Urban League’s disaster toll-free information line, which was formed to provide emergency evacuation information to citizens. The outreach will provide evacuation kits that include fuel cards, important checklists, maps and evacuation tips.  The program is scheduled to begin before the start of hurricane season. For more information about the initiative, visit www.urbanleagueneworleans.org/hurricaneready.

The formal announcement will take place at the Urban League Headquarters located at 2322 Canal Street at 10:00 AM. Representatives from Chevron Corporation and ULGNO will be at the news conference to answer questions.  For more information, contact Cathy Washington at 504.620.2332 or cwashington@urbanleaugeneworleans.org.

About Chevron Corporation
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About Urban League of Greater New Orleans
Established in 1910, the National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-driven agency devoted to securing economic self-reliance, parity, and equal rights for African Americans and other emerging communities. The Urban League of Greater New Orleans was founded in 1938 to advocate better race relations and improve the social and economic standing of African Americans. The Urban League directly services more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research. For more information on the Urban League, visit us online at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org


THE URBAN LEAGUE ASSISTS WITH OPENING
NEW BUSINESS IN NEW ORLEANS EAST

McGee’s Apparel to Celebrate Grand Opening
with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

NEW ORLEANS – On April 7, 2009, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans’ (ULGNO) Women’s Business Resource Center (WBRC) is proud support the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for McGee’s Apparel, located at 4501 Downman Road in New Orleans. The event will be held at McGee’s Apparel and is scheduled to run from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, with refreshments and is free and open to the public.

Marsha McGee, proprietor of McGee’s Apparel, is a client of the WBRC and student of the Entrepreneurial Training classes. After receiving business-training courses at the WBRC, Marsha opened McGee’s Apparel to supply school uniforms to students in eastern New Orleans area schools. The retailer has received the endorsement of more than seven area schools.

The Grand Opening of McGee’s Apparel is the second new business to open under the mentorship of the WBRC client in recent weeks. On Saturday, March 28, 2009, the WBRC celebrated the Grand Opening of The General Stop, owned and operated by WBRC client Jacqueline Smith. “The start of new businesses in New Orleans East is key to revitalizing neighborhoods and building a community,” said Angele S. VonDerPool, WBRC Program Director. “Together we will build on this success.”

About the Urban League’s WBRC
The WBRC is a leading resource for small and emerging businesses (SEB’s) in the Metro New Orleans area. The WBRC assists potential business owners with formalized business planning and expansion plans to empower SEB’s to become viable entities in the free enterprise system. Clients of the center receive business counseling, technical assistance, Quickbooks training, assistance with marketing plans, networking and other resources.

The WBRC, opened in 2001, is the one of two Women’s Centers in Louisiana and serves clients from an eight-parish region.  WBRC is a public-private venture partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

About the ULGNO
Established in 1910, the National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-driven agency devoted to securing economic self-reliance, parity, power and equal rights for African Americans. The ULGNO was founded in 1938 to advocate better race relations and improve the social and economic standing of African Americans in the New Orleans area. The Urban League directly services more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research. For more information on the Women’s Business Resource Center or the Urban League, visit us online at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org


URBAN LEAGUE’S WOMEN’S BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER TO HOST MISSING LINK MARKETPLACE
Event To Showcase Clients and Inspire Entrepreneurs

NEW ORLEANS – On Saturday, April 4, 2009, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans (ULGNO) and the Women’s Business Resource Center (WBRC) will host the Missing Link Marketplace, a showcase of WBRC clients. The event is scheduled to take place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m at the Urban League’s newly renovated Multi-Purpose Center at 2322 Canal Street in New Orleans. This event is free and open to the public.

The Missing Link Marketplace will feature over 20 local entrepreneurs ranging from caterers to clothing retailers. “At the Women’s Business Resource Center, we work with a wide-range of clients to help give them information and the tools to start and grow their businesses,” said Angele S. VonDerPool, WBRC Program Director.

Representatives from the WBRC will be on-hand to answer questions and sign up any interested entrepreneurs who need business assistance.

For a complete list of businesses participating, visit urbanleagueneworleans.org.

About the Urban League’s WBRC
The WBRC is a leading resource for small and emerging businesses (SEB’s) in the Metro New Orleans area. The WBRC assists potential business owners with formalized business planning and expansion plans to empower SEB’s to become viable entities in the free enterprise system.

The WBRC, opened in 2001, is the one of two Women’s Centers in Louisiana and serves clients from an eight-parish region.  WBRC is a public-private venture partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

About the ULGNO
Established in 1910, the National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-driven agency devoted to securing economic self-reliance, parity, power and equal rights for African Americans. The ULGNO was founded in 1938 to advocate better race relations and improve the social and economic standing of African Americans in the New Orleans area. The Urban League directly services more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research. For more information on the Women’s Business Resource Center or the Urban League, visit us online at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org

Participating businesses:

A Woman’s Closet
A-One Party Planning and Catering
Balloon’s 2 Go, LLC
C & C Catering
Deb’s Accessories
Design Factor Studio, Inc.
Dova Grlz Accessories
Emma’s Famous Pralines, Inc.
Eye Candy
Ladies of Enchantment
Nica Naturals, LLC
Rare Breed Clothing
Simply Delicious Catering
Tallulah’s Creation
Terry’s Jewelry Specialty & Gifts
The Fruit Wizard
The L.A. Rice Boy
Unique Catering
Y Not Check Background/Fingerprinting


March 2009

DESPITE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, URBAN LEAGUE HELPS A NEW BUSINESS OPEN IN NEW ORLEANS EAST
Discount Retailer, General Stop, To Open March 28

NEW ORLEANS – On Saturday, March 28, 2009, The Urban League of Greater New Orleans Women’s Business Resource Center (WBRC) joins the celebration of entrepreneurial training alumni, Jacqueline Smith, in the grand opening of the General Stop at 7070 Read Boulevard in eastern New Orleans.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m., and the public, community, civic and business leaders are invited to attend.

The General Stop’s proprietor, Jacqueline Smith, a native New Orleanian, received three years of extensive business training at the Urban League’s WBRC before opening the store. Smith’s entrepreneurial training included how to develop an effective business plan to secure funding and business accounting. The assistance proved to be essential to obtaining a small business loan to open the General Stop. In addition to the business training, WBRC arranged for a certified professional accountant to train Smith how to set-up and proficiently use QuickBooks and a marketing firm contracted to develop a marketing plan. “The business mentoring at the Urban League’s WBRC gave me confidence to open my business,” said Smith.   

About the General Stop
The General Stop is a 3,000 square foot family-owned and operated discount retailer, offering quality national brand items of everyday use at low prices. The General Stop will service the eastern New Orleans community, filling the need for general retailers in the area.  For more information on the General Stop, visit www.generalstop.com,
phone: (504) 245-2245.

About the Urban League’s WBRC
The WBRC is a leading resource for small and emerging businesses in the New Orleans metropolitan area. The WBRC assists aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners with formalized business planning and expansion plans to empower these enterprises to become viable entities in the free enterprise system.  The WBRC, opened in 2001, is the one of two Women’s Centers in Louisiana and serves clients from an eight-parish region. The U.S. Small Business Administration and Louisiana Economic Development provide funding for this program along with corporate contributions by Shell.

About the Urban League of Greater New Orleans
Established in 1910, the Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-driven agency devoted to securing economic self-reliance, parity, power and equal rights for African Americans. The Urban League of Greater New Orleans was founded in 1938 to advocate better race relations and improve the social and economic standing of African Americans in the New Orleans area. Through our Centers of Excellence, the Urban League directly services thousands of New Orleanians in the areas of education, economic development, social advocacy and policy development.  For more information about the Women’s Business Resource Center or the Urban League, visit www.urbanleagueneworleans.org  | Phone: (504) 620-2332

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COMMON APPLICATION

One Application, Many Schools
Due March 30

Though each public school in New Orleans is different, you can apply to most of them using the Common Application.

Read more

The easy to fill-out Common Application allows parents to:
1) apply to a different school other than the one their child is currently attending, click here;
2) apply for a child entering school for the first time; or
3) submit applications for multiple schools at one location.

Download Application.
Download FAQs.

Get specific information at the Urban League Schools Expo
Saturday, March 21, 2009
New Orleans Museum of Art
9A-3P

September 2008

The Urban League of Greater New Orleans reflects
on the life of
Justice Revius O.Ortique, Jr.

On behalf of the board of directors of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, we celebrate the life of Justice Revius Ortique as one that is unrivaled in its leadership, integrity, effectiveness and enduring commitment to all that is just and good for every New Orleanian. Click to read more.

May 30, 2007

Contact: Cathy Washington
(504) 620-2332 ph.
cwashington@urbanleagueneworleans.org



Urban League of Greater New Orleans Announces
28th Annual Golden Gala
Dr. Peter Dangerfield is Honoree



The 28th Annual Golden Gala will be held Saturday, June 16, 2007, 8 p.m., at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The event’s theme, “The Golden Spirit of Resilience,” is a tribute to New Orleanians who are valiantly rebuilding their lives despite extraordinary challenges.


For 69 years, the Urban League has served the New Orleans community providing advocacy along with educational, workforce and economic development programs that are focused to create pathways to economic self-sufficiency. The Golden Gala generates critical resources to continue providing these much needed services.


This year, the golden gala will recognize the golden and resilient spirit of Dr. Peter Dangerfield, Executive Director of Total Community Action, Inc. “We are honored to pay tribute to Dr. Dangerfield’s extraordinary work as an advocate for the poor and underserved, says Cathy Washington, Interim President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans.” We are proud to announce Golden Gala Chairpersons, Mr. Robert M. Stuart, President, Southern Franchise, Capital One Bank and Mr. Rod West, President and CEO, Entergy New Orleans, says Washington.


Headlining the entertainment for the evening is New Orleans’ own Bobby J and Stuff Like That. Other musical guests include the George French Band. Also, back by popular demand are the much anticipated Grey Goose Vodka Martini Bars. Individual tickets for the Golden Gala are $125 for patrons and $1,500 for Benefactor tables.


The mission of the Urban League is to empower communities and help change lives. The Urban League is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian, community based organization and a participating agency of the United Way of Greater New Orleans. Visit the Urban League online at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org.


For more information on the Golden Gala or to make a reservation, please contact Cathy Washington at 504.620.2332.

 

 

May 25, 2007

All,
 
Each week, the Urban League Clarence Barney Student of the Week will be featured on WDSU. The feature will air during WDSU’s Sunday morning or evening news segments. Last Sunday’s feature was aired around 9:38 a.m. The press release, podcast featuring Dr. Perry on FM 98’s Sunday Morning Journal and Dr. Perry’s news article links are included. These items will be available on our website shortly.
 
http://www.louisianaweekly.com/weekly/news/articlegate.pl?20070416p
 
http://www.louisianaweekly.com/weekly/news/articlegate.pl?20070514d
 
Media Advisory:
 
Urban League of Greater New Orleans, the University of New Orleans, The Louisiana Weekly, and WDSU-Channel 6 collaborate to start scholarship program.
 
For Immediate Release:
 
In an effort to find student factors that construct a model educational system, the Urban League, the University of New Orleans, the Louisiana Weekly, and WDSU-Channel 6 will recognize New Orleans’ most accomplished public school students through the Clarence L. Barney Student of the Week Program.
 
Named after the late, great Urban League CEO, The Clarence L. Barney Student of the Week Program endeavors to highlight and facilitate academic achievement among New Orleans Public School juniors and seniors.
 
A panel of faculty members from the University of New Orleans, Dillard University, and Xavier University will select four students a month to be featured weekly throughout the academic year in a special section of the Louisiana Weekly and the evening, Sunday broadcast of WDSU Channel 6.  At the end of the calendar year, the Urban League will host an awards banquet and announce the Student of the Year Award.  At least one Student of the Year recipient will be guaranteed a $5,000 scholarship, to be used at a New Orleans college of their choice.
 
For more information on the Clarence L. Barney Student of the Week program, go to the website at http://www.urbanleagueneworleans.org/sow/. You can also contact Dr. Andre M. Perry, coordinator, directly at aperry@uno.edu or 504.280.6443.
 
Nomination Process
 
Public high school seniors and rising seniors (second term juniors) are eligible to receive the award.  Nominations must come in the form of a letter (on official business letterhead) from a high school principal, teacher, counselor, clergyman, employer or elected official.  Nomination letters must include name, age, school, grade, GPA and any other indicators of academic achievement. Students may be nominated by submitting a letter or by sending an e-mail to sow@ulgno.org. Nomination letters will be judged on how well they illustrate the following qualifications:
 
Academic Achievement
Community Service
Peer Leadership
Perseverance
Positive Attitude
 
There is no nomination deadline. The committee will accept nomination letters throughout the school year. A committee of faculty members from the University of New Orleans, Xavier University, and Dillard University will meet once a month to select four students.  The faculty coordinator will contact and notify the nominator of the selected student.  Nominated students may be asked to interview with the selection panel at the monthly meeting. The selection panel will not give status updates on nominations.  All nominations will remain eligible throughout the calendar year. 
 
Each month, four students and their accomplishments will be featured in The Louisiana Weeklyand WDSU.  At the end of the calendar year, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans will host an honors banquet for all Student of the Week recipients and their families.  Admissions offices from the partnering universities will be featured at the banquet. At that time The Weekly, and WDSU will bestow one SOW winner as the Student of the Year. 
 
 

 

 


March 1, 2007

Contact: Cathy Washington-Urban League of Greater New Orleans
(504) 620-2332
cwashington@urbanleagueneworleans.org


Urban League teams up with partners Delgado Community College, Louisiana Technical College and Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office to provide Educational and Employment Opportunities to At-Risk Youth
New Orleans, La. – In a continuing effort to engage the most challenged of youth, The Urban League of Greater New Orleans is joining with collaborative partners Delgado Community College, Louisiana Technical College and the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office, to implement a specialized workforce development initiative to reconnect 18 to 24 year olds who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The Urban League and its partners, along with local civic and community leaders will gather to launch the Urban Empowerment Program Friday, March 2, 2007, 2:00 p.m., at the Louisiana Technical College Westbank Campus located at 475 Manhatten Boulevard in Harvey.


The program is intended to provide employment opportunities and support services to at-risk and adjudicated youth. Participants will receive educational and career opportunities to enhance their personal and professional development. “Critical intervention and support is needed for young adults whose lives have been complicated by lack of access to quality education, social and economic opportunity,” says Cathy Washington, Interim President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. “This partnership will play a critical role in empowering individuals with new skills that will create pathways to self-sufficiency and ensure a brighter future for them and their families.”

Support for the Urban Empowerment Program is made possible through funds from the United States Department of Labor’s Youth Offender Demonstration Project. After Hurricane Katrina, the grant was extended to include seven additional Urban League affiliates serving Katrina evacuees under the National Urban League’s Gulf Coast Employment Initiative.


Youth considered eligible for the program may have limited education and no work experience and may be adjudicated from the criminal justice system. The Urban League and partners, Delgado Community College, Louisiana Technical College, the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office, Marriott Hotels and others will provide job readiness and life skills training. Educational assistance will be provided to help participants that did not complete high-school. Additionally, subsidized work experience and job placement assistance will be available. The program is intended to build upon each participant’s strengths and minimize their deficiencies through a carefully planned set of activities.

The Urban League, operating in New Orleans since 1938, is a non-profit, non-partisan, community based organization dedicated to empowering communities and changing lives. Through advocacy and direct service, the League serves upwards of 2,000 clients annually in education, childcare, business development and employment and training programs. The League’s founding mission to assist clients to become self sufficient remains unchanged. The Urban League is a participating agency of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans area. For more information on the Urban League, call 504.620.2332 or visit www.urbanleagueneworleans.org.

 

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