Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis exists to empower African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality, and civil rights. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. takes a holistic approach to economic empowerment and self sufficiency. Through community programs in three counties across the bi-state region, it helps its clients to climb out of poverty by helping them to find economic opportunity, providing educational excellence and community empowerment and encouraging civil rights and advocacy. The League’s Community Empowerment Initiative provides clients in need with food, clothing and other life necessities while strengthening families and helping people become self-sufficient. The Education Excellence Initiative encourages and enables participants to apply learning to everyday situations, to embrace technology and to achieve academic excellence. The Economic Opportunity Initiative provides resources to strengthen individuals, families, and communities by improving and climbing the economic “ladder” to a better quality of life.
The Urban League also engages its clients through membership in four auxiliaries:
1) The Urban League Guild of Metropolitan St. Louis are community volunteers who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for African Americans and others in need in the St. Louis region;
2) The Federation of Block Units is a volunteer organization focused on helping residents of St. Louis communities improve their neighborhoods and quality of life;
3)The Urban League Young Professionals (ULYP) of Metropolitan St. Louis engage and develop future leaders for the Urban League movement; and
4) NULITES (The National Urban League Incentives To Excel Succeed) is a nationwide youth initiative to encourage personal and leadership growth.
The Urban League Advocates for and Empowers African Americans and others in Metropolitan St Louis by pursuing the following priorities:
Empowering all people in attaining economic self-sufficiency through job training, good jobs, home ownership, entrepreneurship and wealth accumulation.
Ensuring that all of our children are well-educated and prepared for economic self-reliance in the 21st century through college scholarships, early childhood literacy and Head Start.
Providing basic needs to stabilize disadvantaged families in order to benefit our communities.
Promoting and ensuring our civil rights by actively working to eradicate all barriers to equal participation in all aspects of American society, whether political, economic, social, educational, or cultural.