Magazine article National Urban League. The State of Black America

Inspiring Success: The Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas E3 Program

Magazine article National Urban League. The State of Black America

Inspiring Success: The Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas E3 Program

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The Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas was one of 20 Urban League affiliates selected to implement the Urban Youth Empowerment Program, which focused on education, employment, and empowerment (Es). This highly successful program was designed to provide meaningful exposure to work through community service and internships for individuals, ages 18 to 21, who had limited work experience.

Funded by the Department of Labor, the program offered assessment; case management; mentoring and advocacy; GED preparation; postsecondary, occupational skills training; community service, internship, and job placement; and personal development training. Participants worked at private-for-profit, nonprofit, and public worksites.

The program served 299 youth - 36 obtained their GED; 15 enrolled full-time in postsecondary education; and no obtained fulltime unsubsidized employment in career-ladder, high demand industries.

In addition to providing a positive change for the participants, the community also benefited. Dallas tax payers saved $4,218.00 on the cost of recidivism of the 114 youth offenders enrolled in the program, and over $2,232,000 dollars went back into the community from the no new taxpaying citizens.

The following is a brief look at some individuáis who benefited from the program:

Marion was headed for trouble when he enrolled in the program. He is now a student at Cedar Valley College and works full time at the Dallas Public Library.

* Lydia suffered a number of traumatic events at an early age. …

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