The purpose of the Louisville Urban League Young Professionals (LULYP) is to support the objectives of the National Urban League, Louisville Urban League, and National Urban League Young Professionals. Our mission is to promote social and economic empowerment in Metro Louisville through personal development and community involvement in five areas:
- Financial Literacy and Empowerment
- Youth Mentoring and Development
- Civic Engagement and Advocacy
- Personal and Professional Development
- Health Literacy and Advocacy
LULYP’s membership predominantly consists of African American professionals between the ages of 21 and 40. We continue to promote a healthy, viable, and inclusive Metro Louisville community that supports the growth, learning, and development of young professionals.
Historically, the NUL has been recognized as the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering the underserved to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, there are over 100 local affiliates of the NUL located in 36 states and the District of Columbia, and over 52 NULYP chapters, providing direct services to more than two (2) million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.
There is a 24-acre contaminated lot sitting in the heart of the west end – our children don’t play on it or even walk on it. We’re going to change
There is a 24-acre contaminated lot sitting in the heart of the west end – our children don’t play on it or even walk on it. We’re going to change that by building a state-of-the-art Sports and Learning Complex on that site. Indoor track and field will be the anchor sport. Louisville will host local track clubs, public and private school meets, NCAA, and USA Track and Field championships. The Sports Commission estimates that during the indoor track season alone, 20,000-30,000 people will travel to the facility from across the country to compete or spectate, which will generate $47 million a year in economic impact. In fact, this is the only project happening in the west end that can bring thousands of new people with disposable income into the community and into our region. This is what the west end needs. This is what Louisville needs.
Track is an equalizing sport – any child with a good pair of shoes, drive and determination can compete. And research shows that track and field athletes have the highest grades, lowest truancy, and highest likelihood of attending college. This isn’t a silver bullet, but with this one project, we can create jobs, impact educational outcomes, improve health, and positively impact property values in the Russell neighborhood and beyond. We’ve started the race, and now we’re passing the baton to you!
The city began our campaign with a $10 million commitment, and we are proud to say we were the first private donors to invest in this project! And thanks to the support of Mayor Fischer, Metro Council, HJI Supply Chain Solutions, the James Graham Brown Foundation, Mary Gwen Wheeler, David Jones, Jr., Christy Brown, Stephen Reily, Emily Bingham and many others, we have already raised more than $17 million! Now, we are asking you to join us in this game-changing effort by simply putting your name on a seat or on many seats in the complex. A gift of $5,000 will ensure that you, your company, or a cherished loved one are written into the history of this project. Together, we can level the playing field.
Your gift matters – now more than ever. There are lots of ways to make your tax-deductible donation; you can download and print a donation card and mail will your payment, or you can go to can complete contribution right here using the form below to claim your seat or seats! You can also call our Development Office at 502-566-3417. Once you’ve secured your seat(s), please share the news on social media. Trust us – lots of people will care that you are involved and will be influenced by your investment. Be sure to use #RUNWITHUS when you or your colleagues post.
If you would like to give at a different level, you may do so here. Friends, we are running the race of a lifetime. Run with us!
Alice K. Houston and Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman
Development Committee Co-Chairs
Louisville Urban League Sports and Learning Complex
June 20 (Thursday) - September 30 (Monday)
LOUISVILLE, KY – On Thursday, August 1, at 10AM, the Louisville Urban League will announce their partnership with the University of Louisville and Interapt
LOUISVILLE, KY – On Thursday, August 1, at 10AM, the Louisville Urban League will announce their partnership with the University of Louisville and Interapt to support a unique opportunity to serve the underemployed and unemployed in the Louisville community – a paid, immersive training program that teaches high demand IT skills.
The pilot program, dubbed “Louisville Skills,” will provide 25 individuals the opportunity to build the technical, business, and life skills necessary to work in a fast-paced, high-tech environment, preparing them to launch promising new careers in the tech industry. The Louisville Skills program is funded by the Humana Foundation’s Community Relations Program, an initiative that awards grants to Louisville-area nonprofit organizations contributing to the health and well-being in Humana’s corporate hometown.
The Urban League has agreed with Interapt to provide wraparound support services for pilot program’s participants. Additionally, Louisville Urban League will be hosting two open houses for applicants to sign up at their location on West Broadway, on August 6th from 5pm-7pm and on August 9th from 9am-11am.
“The Louisville Urban League is excited to partner on this venture that will provide life-altering career opportunities for members of our community,” said Sadiqa Reynolds, President and CEO. “We believe this program will be a welcomed addition to the projects already underway in the West End and make an impact for generations.”
Interapt’s training program, called “a national model of creating next-generation skills” has been featured in the New York Times, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, EY Strategic Growth Forum, and TedX Palo Alto. Graduates that have been hired by Interapt have worked on projects for Humana, Kindred, NetSmart, and Elavon. Graduates have also been hired by companies such as Accenture, JP Morgan, GE, Chase, El Toro, and Eagle6. Through Interapt’s Registered Apprenticeship model with the U.S. Department of Labor, top graduates have seen their earnings potential increase to $90,000 just three years out of the program.
While Interapt has successfully delivered its training programs throughout the country, this program is its first partnership with a major university.
“The goal of the program is to improve the financial outcomes of the participants, helping both themselves and their families,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “UofL will perform rigorous outreach to find participants who have been historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This innovative and forward-thinking partnership demonstrates our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion in our community.”
The University of Louisville will focus recruitment on underemployed and unemployed residents in the Louisville Metro, and individuals in the Louisville West End, including but not limited to the Shawnee, Chickasaw, Park Duvall, Parkland, Park Hill, California, Shively, Phoenix Hill-Smoketown-Shelby Park and Portland neighborhoods.
The training will be taught at the University of Louisville’s new Center for Archeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHe), located in West Louisville and will include foundational software programming concepts and software development skills. To ease the burden for students, they will also receive a stipend of $100 per week during the program.
“Companies and communities thriving in the tech economy treat their citizens as valuable infrastructure worth investing in, and we are bringing that progressive thinking to Louisville. Investing in next-generation tech skills is the pathway to creating new, high-wage jobs in the community, attracting new talent, promoting lifelong learning, and solving a major technology talent shortage; all in one swoop. We are excited to start this partnership and create new and innovative pathways with the University of Louisville., ” said Ankur Gopal, founder and CEO of Interapt.
Each year, there are thousands of new openings in the tech industry, but companies are unable to fill these spots through traditional hiring practices. As companies increasingly rely on digital business, they are looking for new sources of talent to meet their growing IT needs. The UL and Interapt Louisville Skills initiative is a major stepping stone as Kentucky looks to develop the next generation of workers and provides an innovative alternative to solving this talent shortage.
For individuals interested in taking part in this program and are unable to make either of the open houses at Urban League, online applications are open until August 9th and can be found at the Louisville Skills Application Portal. Employers can also participate in the initiative, assisting in the recruiting process, curriculum development, and successful placement of graduates by emailing Marnix Warren, Program Manager of Interapt Skills at [email protected].
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