archive-org.com » ORG » T » THECHICAGOURBANLEAGUE.ORG

Total: 324

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".

  • to support African American professionals between the ages of 30 and 45 will provide training skills development and education regarding current issues impacting Chicago and the African American community In addition IMPACT will serve as a catalyst for the development of strong networks of support and collaboration among program participants and African American senior leaders serving as mentors The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the education partner for IMPACT and will provide academic programming and host the program at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago Major support for the program also comes from The Chicago Community Trust who provided a founding grant to establish the program Through IMPACT we are combining the University of Chicago s expertise in management education and our commitment to partnering with organizations like the Chicago Urban League to make a difference for individuals and the broader community said Derek Douglas Vice President for Civic Engagement for the University of Chicago This program has the potential to strengthen organizations across the city by preparing emerging talent for higher leadership The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is one of the world s leading business schools We are delighted to collaborate with the Chicago Urban League to present the IMPACT Leadership Development Program said George Wu Professor of Managerial and Organizational Behavior at Chicago Booth I look forward to welcoming the inaugural class in the fall and helping them take their leadership to a level that will exponentially increase their impact on the community Terry Mazany president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust added The Chicago Urban League has for nearly a century prepared African Americans for educational economic and social advancement opportunities As the need increases for more diverse leadership in the public private and not for profit sectors the IMPACT

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=368&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=907&PageID=1&GroupByField=&GroupYear=0&GroupMonth=0&Tag= (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive



  • state in the top 10 for lowest teen employment In Chicago the numbers are worse with 11 percent employment among Black teens Only 8 percent of Black males worked that year and among those from the poorest households 20 000 or less income just 4 percent were employed Those figures are from the report The Power of a Job Youth Employment Builds the Future by the Alternative Schools Network In January the Chicago Urban League convened government officials educators researchers and teens to talk about the stubborn and alarming decline in teen employment Many of the teens who testified at the hearing said they were looking for year round jobs to support themselves and their families Here s why this is so important Today s youth are tomorrow s workforce Now is the time when they should be plotting their field of study around chosen career paths We know from experience that young people who are idle are more likely to become involved in gang and violent activity to use or sell drugs or to become victims of violence Dionne Keyes a 19 year old graduate of Kenwood Academy agrees that idleness is a big problem for teens Keyes participated last summer in The Greencorps Program an initiative facilitated by the Chicago Urban League which provided jobs in green technology fields to youth ages 16 to 19 Greencorps was an amazing experience Keyes said It helped me with savings It helped me be more aware of my surroundings and the environment During the six week program she spent time building bicycles at Fenger High School from out of the box she said and then she and other teens in the program rode their bikes to several neighborhoods to work in community gardens and forest preserves In addition to earning 163

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=368&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=906&PageID=1&GroupByField=&GroupYear=0&GroupMonth=0&Tag= (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive


  • film depicting African American history or culture hits the theaters and when one of our own gets recognized for their work Many of us are keenly aware of the role films play in shaping our perceptions of who we are who we can be and influencing how others see us As a result we are justifiably protective and hold anyone who dares to tell our stories accountable for what they put on the big screen Image matters Movies matter especially when we are in the plotline I m a lover of history and of good movies So it stands to reason that one genre of film that I have a strong affinity for is the documentary Documentaries are powerful tools that when done well can remind us of a significant chapter in history They can also give us a snapshot of contemporary issues forcing us to do self reflection on how far we have come as a people and what remains unfinished business At the Chicago Urban League we believe in showcasing films that inform enlighten and motivate people to take action Since 2012 we have convened the community during Black History Month to screen documentaries engage in dialogue about the issues presented in the films and depart with steps they can take to empower themselves their families and neighborhoods Through these film screenings we motivate the community to put in the necessary work to break down the barriers that continue to stand in the way of African Americans having the opportunity to receive a quality education get a good paying job and live in a safe neighborhood This February we tackle those issues and more during our Black History Month Film Festival We started on February 4th with American Promise a film that follows two African American boys from

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=368&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=891&PageID=1&GroupByField=&GroupYear=0&GroupMonth=0&Tag= (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive


  • lineup includes three feature length documentaries and one short documentary The screenings are free and open to the public and will be held every Tuesday in February at 6 p m at Urban League headquarters 4510 S Michigan Ave A panel discussion will follow each screening Film instructors at local colleges and universities have also been asked to recruit writers interested in film criticism Editors at Rogerebert com will select reviews to post on the site Students will be encouraged to comment on the panel discussions following the films as part of their critique Chaz Ebert says The African American Film Critics Association just gave the Roger Ebert Award to Justin Chang an Asian American film critic at Variety I would like to see the development of more writers who can express a diverse world view and I am happy that RogerEbert com is partnering with the Urban League to encourage it I am especially pleased that the young people the films are intended to inspire will have an opportunity to review them and have their opinions heard The festival opens Tuesday night with American Promise which captures the lives of two African American boys navigating the prep school process from age 5 past their high school graduation The film earned a Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival last month Next week Mrs Ebert and Chicago Urban League President and CEO Andrea L Zopp will team up for a joint appearance on the Cliff Kelly Show on WVON 1390 AM Radio Ebert also will talk about the new documentary film Life Itself based on Roger Ebert s autobiography which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival Established in 2012 the Chicago Urban League s Black History Month Film Festival is presented annually as a forum to engage the community in honoring the achievements of African Americans examining current community challenges and exploring strategic solutions that can lead to an empowered future We want young people to think critically about how African Americans are portrayed in films and to discuss in an open forum their social impact and importance Zopp said Roger Ebert had a lot of fans in the African American community and he supported Black cinema early and often I m delighted that Chaz Ebert reached out to us to share his enduring legacy with a new generation of film critics Mrs Ebert will also talk about Life Itself her marriage to Roger and future plans on Chicago s Windy City Live television show at 11 a m on February 11 Later that day the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Roger Ebert s alma mater will honor him with the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism at the University Club in Chicago The award recognizes individuals whose work has consistently served as a beacon for other journalists and set the highest standards of excellence in the field Here is the remaining film festival lineup Tuesday February 11 2014 6 00 PM The Central Park Five

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=368&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=892&PageID=1&GroupByField=&GroupYear=0&GroupMonth=0&Tag= (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive


  • History Month Film Festival For Immediate Release Media Contacts Roderick K Hawkins 773 451 3536 desk 773 892 5427 cell rhawkins thechicagourbanleague org Lauren Love 773 451 3524 desk 773 896 5723 cell llove thechicagourbanleague org Chicago Urban League Presents 2014 Black History Month Film Festival WHO Chicago Urban League WHAT Community Film Screenings and Discussions WHERE Chicago Urban League 4510 S Michigan Ave Chicago IL 60653 WHY Established in 2012 the Chicago Urban League s Black History Month Film Festival is presented annually as a forum to engage the community in honoring the achievements of African Americans examining current community challenges and exploring strategic solutions that can lead to an empowered future In February 2014 the Chicago Urban League Black History Month Film Festival will again present a series of films intended to educate empower and inspire Chicago s African American community The films and conversations that follow the screenings will give audiences an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue on issues including colorism violence effects of poverty black students and the education system and the challenges of urban youth Throughout each topic our remarkable history will be highlighted as a tool for inspiration and positive action Films confirmed for the 2014 Black History Month Film Festival include Tuesday February 4 2014 6 00 PM American Promise the documentary film captures the stories of Brewster and Stephenson s 5 year old son Idris and his best friend and classmate Seun as these families navigate their way through the rigorous prep school process Tuesday February 11 2014 6 00 PM The Central Park Five recounts the 1989 case of five black and Latino teens that were arrested charged and wrongly convicted of brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park The case and the public and media

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=368&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=889&PageID=1&GroupByField=&GroupYear=0&GroupMonth=0&Tag= (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive


  • city claiming world class status As we move into a new year it is my hope that leading businesses resolve that they finally will dismantle the culture of exclusivity and recognize that too often African Americans working in companies face not a glass ceiling but a concrete one They will ask themselves why the diverse talent hired into line roles are not moving into manager director or vice president positions When they assess the talent pool in their organizations they will be troubled as we are by the lack of African Americans identified as high potential employees And most important they will act to drive change and to develop a pipeline of diverse talent at all levels including their boards of directors What stood out during the media frenzy over Mr Thompson s rise at Oak Brook based McDonald s in which his humble beginnings his talent and his hard work were highlighted is that his predecessor had tapped him for the position years before Leadership pipeline building at major companies isn t new it just generally doesn t apply to African Americans Creating meaningful opportunity that will bring diverse talent into senior and board roles is not only a good cultural move but also a smart business strategy that will contribute to the long term survival of companies In numerous studies corporate leaders have acknowledged the critical role of diversity of thought gender race and culture to business success yet too often they continue to sit back on the heels of the status quo TALENT IS OUT THERE The talent is there but companies aren t taking advantage of the many different ways to find it We encourage business leaders to collaborate with their community based partners to find talent create a corporate culture that promotes open dialogue about

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=368&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=888&PageID=1&GroupByField=&GroupYear=0&GroupMonth=0&Tag= (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive


  • Despite the sobering headlines homeownership does not have to be an impossible dream Research shows that homeownership remains one of the most critical paths to accumulating wealth and revitalizing neighborhoods It also inspires the next generation of property owners Homeownership as a key factor in restoring communities is one of the motivations behind Chicago Neighborhoods Now a new city initiative to revitalize seven neighborhoods including Englewood and Pullman At the Chicago Urban League our housing counseling team works hard to secure fair housing and boost homeownership for African American families Our housing staff tells everyone they come in contact with that owning a home is still a worthwhile investment and a key step to gaining personal wealth and economic power Through group and one one one counseling and financial literacy classes they take the fear out of homeownership by helping people get their financial house in order and understand the buying process In 2014 we re going to step up our efforts Thanks to support provided by BMO Harris and First Midwest Bank under the Federal Home Loan Bank the Chicago Urban League will soon be poised to help some of our clients with down payment and closing cost assistance This is welcome news in this challenging economy Let s consider the numbers Today a family buying a 120 000 home would need to come up with about 4 200 based on the 3 5 percent down payment requirement for a loan from the Federal Housing Authority Through this new program that family could qualify to receive the full down payment and have a few dollars left over to assist with the closing cost or moving expenses These costs are often the biggest barriers to homeownership for African Americans Margaret Wooten our senior director of housing counseling told me She

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=368&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=887&PageID=1&GroupByField=&GroupYear=0&GroupMonth=0&Tag= (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive


  • Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Overview Return to Headlines 12 5 Chicago Urban League Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela Chicago Urban League Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandel a CHICAGO IL December 5 2013 The Chicago Urban League joins everyone who works for peace justice and equality around the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela the architect of modern South African Nelson Mandela s iconic legacy of activism brought him to the front lines of the struggle against apartheid His legendary endurance and discipline helped him survive twenty seven years of unjust imprisonment without hate for his oppressors And his distinct ability to build bridges of understanding and healing between those of different races and backgrounds led to him becoming the first black president of South Africa Nelson Mandela s life and persistence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds as well as his steadfast commitment to equality galvanized the global community and will forever serve as an inspiration to everyone to lead lives that provide hope and opportunity to the underserved and disenfranchised Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=368&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=885&PageID=1&GroupByField=&GroupYear=0&GroupMonth=0&Tag= (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive



  •