News Release: Tallahassee Urban League
August 18, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Tallahassee Urban League, Inc announced a new Initiative the Florida Urban Youth Empowerment Program.
The UYEP program is an initiative of the Florida Legislature funded under the Attorney General’s Office to make Florida the hub for economic opportunity through jobs and education, by delivering academic, career exploration and personal development services to young adults, ages 16-24, who are primarily disconnected from traditional education and jobs systems, particularly minority, in metropolitan areas throughout the State of Florida, under the premise that exposure to career opportunities ignite the desire for knowledge and introduce the desire for learning.
This initiative is being implemented by the Florida Affiliates of the National Urban League (NUL) in Pinellas County, Tallahassee, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Derrick Brooks Charities. This program will serve as a deterrent to youths who are at risk of embarking on a life of crime.
For every $1 invested by the State of Florida in the UYEP, the Florida Urban League Affiliates leverage an average 1:1 in current funding support through private and corporate philanthropy, local and federal resources. For more than forty-five (45) years, the TUL has provided outreach services to the most disenfranchised citizens in Florida’s capital region in the areas of housing rehabilitation, housing counseling, fair housing advocacy, youth crime prevention and intervention, education, job referral, victim support services, health promotion, historic preservation.
The mission of the TUL is to enable African-Americans, other minority groups, and low-income families to realize their full human potential and secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through its various programs of housing, economic development, youth crime prevention, emergency food and shelter, health promotion, job referral, victim support services, and historic preservation.