Mission: The mission of the urban league of greater madison is to ensure that african americans and other community members are educated, employed, and empowered to live well, advance professionally, and contribute to the common good in the 21st century.
Programs: The urban league of greater madison's education and youth development framework is comprised of programs, advocacy, partnerships, and community engagement activities that are focused on ensuring that children in greater madison secure the education necessary to thrive in a technology-driven knowledge economy defined by creativity, service, and innovation. The programmatic component of our framework includes initiatives that enhance and support students' core learning experiences in the classroom. In particular, these initiatives focus on serving secondary school age youth through out-of-school time learning and enrichment programs, academic tutoring/coaching programs, career and college exploration programs, cultural enrichment and leadership development programs, and youth employment and internship programs. Our 2014 programs included: schools of hope middle school (1,469 served), 21st century careers program (164 served), scholars academy (150 served), martin luther king, jr. Youth day of service (350 served), martin luther king, jr. Outstanding young person and scholarship awards breakfast (200 served).
our current array of adult career pathway training and coaching services includes work readiness assessments; individualized employment planning and career advising; individualized foundational job preparation training; short-term, employer-focused, career-pathway training academies in health care administration, customer service and sales, information technology, construction trades, and food service; special support and fatherhood development programming for non-custodial fathers; individualized and group job search and job placement assistance: job retention and advancement coaching and case management; engagement of employers through both a local and national network; featured employer seminars; and leadership on region-wide workforce diversity initiatives. Our 2014 programs included: job services network program (335 served), industry specific workforce training program (57 served), workplace diversity and leadership summit (400 served), featured employer seminars (249 served), and wia worksmart access point (121 served).
our long- and short-term home ownership programs help larger, low-income families work toward first-time homeownership. The long-term program is unique in combining federal section 42 tax credits with community development block grant (cdbg) funds to help families purchase single family homes through a lease-to-purchase model. The program offers quality, affordable housing in safe and stable neighborhoods for families earning less than 60% of the area median income level. This program is operated through a partnership with madison community reinvestment associates (an llc that included the wisconsin affordable housing corporation and u. S. Bancorp). The short-term program utilizes only cdbg funds and mortgage financing. In 2014 28 families were participating in the long-term program and 2 families in the short-term program. Also in 2014, 4 families purchased their home through the program. At time of sale, the equity in the home is gifted to the purchasing family to be applied towards down payment, keeping the mortgage payments affordable. To date, the program has generated total gift equity of $1. 017m, an average of $51k per house.