The National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, will launch its historic “Jobs Rebuild America: Educate, Employ, Empower” initiative in Cleveland, OH. Jobs Rebuild America, a solutions-based, comprehensive approach to the nation’s employment and education crisis, brings together federal government, business, and nonprofit resources to create economic opportunity in 50 communities across the country through the Urban League affiliate network.
The community investment component is a $100 million, five-year multi-platform effort designed to reach job-seekers, vulnerable youth and entrepreneurs. The initiative uses a comprehensive community development model that includes program offerings such as job-training for youth (18-24) and mature workers (55+), college preparation, a jobs network, entrepreneurship support, small business financing and resources, and tax credits, among others.
The grassroots advocacy component of Jobs Rebuild America focuses on federal legislative action to ensure a responsible fiscal plan and support for efforts that spur job creation in urban America. The National Urban League recently championed the reintroduction and passage of the Urban Jobs Act and Project Ready STEM Act, along with the respective sponsors of each bill – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Chaka Fattah and Rep. Marcia Fudge – to spotlight the urgency of job creation and the need to invest in the education and skills enhancement of disadvantaged young people.
“As America faces the lowest labor force participation rate in almost 35 years, creating jobs and economically viable communities must be a collaborative, tripod effort between the government, corporate and nonprofit sectors,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “Our Jobs Rebuild America initiative is a leading example that public-private-nonprofit partnerships can drive job creation and the program innovation required to revitalize struggling communities. It’s time to shift from the debate about the problem of unemployment to comprehensively doing what is required to solve it, and our affiliates across the country are primed to do just that.”
As a designated Jobs Rebuild America market, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland is receiving a total of $950,000 in community investment competitive grants for three signature National Urban League programs – the Urban Youth Empowerment Program (UYEP), the Entrepreneurship Center program, and Project Ready: Post-Secondary Success Program.
For the UYEP program, the Cleveland affiliate will serve 100 juvenile offenders ages 16-24 over two years via case management support, job readiness and placement services, mentoring, restorative justice and education and training opportunities.
The National Urban League will also continue its grant commitment to the Cleveland affiliate to advance its Project Ready efforts around academic, social and cultural support and opportunities designed to develop college or career “readiness” for 8th-12th grade students.
For additional information on Jobs Rebuild America, program components and employment opportunities, as well as participant testimonials, visit www.jobsrebuildamerica.org.