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  • Overview / Overview
    Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Policy Research Overview Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Education News Parent Resources Current Studies Policy Initiaitives Media Superman is in the House Construction s Costly Decision Rethinking School Discipline Archived Reports Chicago Urban League Department of Policy Research The Policy Research Department is the think tank of the Chicago Urban League and provides a factual and statistical basis for our policy decisions and programs The department issues a quarterly newsletter called Strategies and manages a research library of the League s major studies white papers and updated polling data 2015 Read The State of Black America 2015 National Urban League And President CEO Marc H Morial Launch 39th Edition Of The State Of Black America Chicago Teens Face Barren Job Market Youth Talk Consequences Download 2015 Youth Employment Report 2014 Download Powerful Growing Influential The African American Consumer Read The State of Black America 2014 Download Illinois Leads as One of Top Ten in Nation for Teen Unemployment Download 2014 Youth Employment

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  • IMPACT Leadership Development Program / Application
    Auxiliaries Facility Rental Contact Us Marketing Consent Events Litigation Press Releases Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions Support the Lawsuit Links Programs Center for Student Development Human Capital Entrepreneurship Housing Workforce Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Programs IMPACT Leadership Development

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  • Partner Spotlight / Partner Spotlight
    League s Workforce Development Center as well as signature fundraising initiatives Golden Fellowship Dinner and SUMMIT Luncheon In the following Q A Eric Smith Chief Financial Officer of Middle Market Banking at JPMorgan Chase and a Chicago Urban League Board member discusses JPMorgan Chase s New Skills at Work initiative and the motivations for his personal commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism Eric Smith CFO of Middle Market Banking at JPMorgan Chase and Chicago Urban League Board Member What is your role at JPMorgan Chase I am the CFO of Middle Market Banking at JPMorgan Chase which provides credit cash management capital markets and corporate finance advisory solutions to companies with annual sales between 50 million and 500 million How long have you served on the Chicago Urban League Board of Directors and what do you hope to accomplish during your tenure I joined the Chicago Urban League Board in 2013 and have been focused on supporting the organization s mission to open the doors of opportunity for African Americans through advocacy collaboration and innovation As such I am currently working to develop a new initiative starting in April 2016 whereby JPMorgan Chase employees will partner with the National Urban League to provide financial literacy training to residents from underprivileged communities in five pilot markets including Chicago Detroit Dallas Houston and Los Angeles JPMorgan Chase partners with the Chicago Urban League in support of its Workforce Development Center How does this partnership further support the Company s initiative New Skills at Work Helping people gain the skills they need to compete in the labor market is important for expanding access to opportunity and promoting economic mobility While there are signs of renewed economic expansion many employers are struggling to fill vacancies especially for middle skill technical positions jobs that require more

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  • Accountability Task Force Report the findings do not come as a surprise they are reflective of the African American experience in Chicago for decades The findings do however underscore the urgent need to fully address the systemic racism and inequalities in Chicago s criminal justice system As detailed in the report the Chicago Police Department is built on a foundation of racial inequality towards minorities It is deeply entrenched in the Department s culture manifesting itself in its policies and practices Although Mayor Emanuel is not solely responsible for creating this paradigm he does bear the responsibility for not acknowledging it and then not acting to root out the underlying issues and reconciling the CPD to the truth for so long As we ve seen consistently over the decades few of our City s leaders have been willing to demonstrate the courage that it takes to go against the norm and radically transform the city s criminal justice system Until we are able to engage deeply and honestly to address systemic racism things will not change they will only grow worse While we understand Lori Lightfoot s assertion that Mayor Emanuel should have his pick with respect to the new Superintendent a changing of the guard is not enough to dismantle systemic racism that has festered within CPD for decades A 27 year veteran of the CPD should be well aware of these problems not suggest they take further study This falls woefully short of providing assurance that no other young person will suffer the fate of Laquan McDonald Rekia Boyd Quentonio LeGrier and so many more The League agrees with the Task Force that one positive step towards dismantling systemic racism within CPD is to appointment of a deputy chief of diversity Such a position if the person has

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  • Luncheon FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4 2016 CONTACT Chelsea Whittington External Affairs Manager 773 451 3524 cwhittington thechicagourbanleague org Allstate Corporation Chairman and CEO Tom Wilson to Serve as Keynote Speaker for Chicago Urban League s Annual SUMMIT Luncheon Four Young Chicagoans to be Recognized as Innovators CHICAGO Ill The Chicago Urban League is proud to announce that Tom Wilson Chairman and CEO The Allstate Corporation will be the keynote speaker at its annual SUMMIT Luncheon on May 2 2016 at the Hilton Chicago 720 S Michigan Avenue from 11 30a m 1 30p m The widely anticipated event attracts more than 600 business leaders community stakeholders and policy makers This year s theme is Blueprint for Change From Ideas to Collective Impact We are extremely honored that Tom Wilson has accepted our invitation to speak at this year s SUMMIT Luncheon His leadership and impact make him a highlight for this event said Chicago Urban League President and CEO Shari Runner Transformational socioeconomic change requires moving from a focus of a siloed approach to collective leadership capacities something in which Tom is well practiced We look forward to him sharing his insight on this approach Runner also notes that those who attend the luncheon can expect a spirited discussion that invites solutions and action As is tradition the Chicago Urban League will recognize several young Chicagoans as Innovators Each has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to Chicago s African American community using various platforms including economic development the arts philanthropy and community activism They are Todd Belcore Executive Director and Co Founder of Social Change Jahmal Cole Founder My Block My Hood My City Jessica Disu Humanitarian Rap Artist Jerald Gary President and CIO Community Capital Investment Partners CCIP and Chairman of the Chicago Regal Foundation Solutions to the many

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  • 1 2016 The Chicago Urban League s Workforce Development Director Andrew Wells today issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS March 2016 jobs report The American jobs market is holding steady for the third month this year Employers added 215 000 jobs in March and the current unemployment rate will close out the first quarter at 5 the lowest it s been since 2008 These are promising trends leaving some to believe that the worst is over However this jobs recovery is not reflective of employment shortages that continue to persist for minorities especially in Chicago A recently released report by the Great Cities Institute found that nearly half of young Black men in Chicago are unemployed In fact the unemployment rate for Chicago as a whole is gradually moving in the opposite direction of the national rate increasing from 5 4 in September 2015 to 6 1 in January This is primarily because minority job seekers have to contend with something that is not computed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report systemic racism One might argue that the unemployment disparity is largely due to the difference in educational levels between Blacks and whites However research by the Economic Policy Institute demonstrates that Blacks who are on the same educational level as their white counterparts are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed Even those who have succeeded in securing viable employment have likely experienced subtler forms of job discrimination such as lower wages limited advancement opportunities or poor work environment As we continue to examine the unemployment landscape closely it becomes clear that the disparity is an amalgamation of the aforementioned barriers and other socioeconomic factors all rooted in systemic structural inequities Few have felt the anguish of thwarted aspiration

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  • Interview with the President I recently had the opportunity to interview Ms Shari Runner She is the newly appointed President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League This position was recently vacated by Andrea Zopp who is pursuing an Illinois senate seat Ashley Hello Ms Shari my name is Ashley Donald and I would like to ask you a couple questions and get your opinion on some social issues Ashley What inspired you to make the switch from the corporate world to the non profit world Runner I have always been involved in the non profit world It was in my DNA to be of service to the community Both of my parents played major roles in the non profit world My mother was a social worker and my father was a pediatrician I knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps Even now I still want to be more involved and make an even greater change in the non profit world Ashley What is your vision for the Chicago Urban League Runner I want to see the Urban League bloom The CUL turns 100 years old in December We ve been in business for a long time but we are far from being done There are still many crimes police issues and school problems faced today We need to collaborate with businesses and politicians in order to implement permanent changes Ashley What made Father Pfleger from Saint Sabina Parish play such an important role in your life Runner Father Pfleger helps direct young impressionable teens toward a productive lifestyle He inspires young people to work in legal enterprises and get educated so they will not be forced to engage in underground activity and be sucked into a destructive way of life Ashley What are some of the ways you

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  • IMPACT program has left 100 percent of Fellows feeling confident about their leadership capabilities and has inspired Fellows to commit to civic responsibility The inaugural class graduated a cohort of 34 young African American professionals representing all sectors nonprofit large corporations small businesses and the public sector The second class will graduate in May 2016 Many Fellows have advanced their careers and been promoted to positions of greater responsibility starting within one year of completing the program putting them in a position to act more effectively as a leader Current and former Fellows include Charles Smith President CEO CS Insurance Strategies Dominique Jordan Turner President CEO of Chicago Scholars and Nathalina A Hudson Assistant United States Attorney among many others The Chicago Urban League is committed to helping emerging African American leaders advance their career paths while building a more diverse leadership pipeline across the city said Shari Runner President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League The IMPACT program develops and engages culturally competent executives across public private and not for profit sectors Once accepted into the program a diverse class of young professionals will spend nine months in an intensive multifaceted curriculum Over the progression of the course fellows will be supported in developing the necessary motivation knowledge skills abilities and networking competencies to be effective in leadership roles within organizations and on boards of directors The IMPACT Leadership Development Program designed to support African American professionals between the ages of 30 and 45 provides training skills development and education regarding current issues impacting African American community and Chicago at large In addition IMPACT serves 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 one

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