The mission of the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County is to assist African Americans and disadvantaged citizens in the achievement of social and economic equality.
The National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering all citizens to enter the economic and social mainstream. Founded in 1968 and recognized as a 501 (c) 3, the Urban League of Lexington has offered programs in job training, education, computer skills, housing, community development and advocacy. Our 5-point Empowerment Agenda includes: Youth & Education, Financial & Economic Empowerment, Health & Quality of Life, Civic Engagement & Leadership, and Civil Rights & Racial Justice.
As of March 2016, we have provided 47 single-family homes and 51 apartments for low-income families. Homelessness in Lexington is caused by the lack of affordable housing and the inability to pay the rent. By making more properties available we are aiding in the fight to end homelessness. With an affordable home, children are less likely to be uprooted from their school where such a move causes 3-6 months of education loss. Families are able to focus on other household needs like food and employment.
Gang and Violence Prevention:
Nine students expected to drop out of school will graduate in May 2016. These students were identified as at-risk, but with caring mentors and staff, we have channeled that negative behavior into academic achievements. Showing improved behavior in school and at home, 84% of participants are being empowered to become productive and contributing members of our community.
This year 52 African American parents helped their children perform better academically. By participating in our Parent Leadership Academy parents learned how engagement with the school improves their child’s academic outcomes. They also discussed how to access student grades, their rights and responsibilities, communication, and setting and relaying goals for their children to their teachers.
Provide 4 new rental properties for low-income families.
Reduce gang and violent activities of 155 male middle and high school students.
Reduce the achievement gap by equipping 60 parents with engagement activities.
Advocate for social and economic equality in areas of housing, workforce, education, and professional development.
The top needs of the Urban League are:
"The Urban League is working to empower central Kentuckians. We take the approach of giving people a hand up and not just a hand out. We provide the needed training to assist in making life-changing decisions that alter a family's legacy.” ~P.G. Peeples, Sr.
The Urban League of Lexington – Fayette County’s five year goal is to be the catalyst that inspires, advocates, and promotes economic and social equality for the citizens of Central Kentucky.
During this time, we will focus on the following programmatic goals:
Affordable Housing: To meet the housing needs of low income renting households.
Workforce Development: To provide and empower low income individuals with the necessary support, job training, soft skills, and education to improve their economic status.
Youth & Education: To assist Kentucky reach its goal of 43% of the population with degrees by 2020.
Advocacy: To identify and strategically address the social and economic disparities and opportunities for all central Kentuckians especially African American and Hispanic communities.
Professional Development: To assist, direct, and develop young talent for leadership positions within the community.
Affordable Housing: The Urban League’s affordable housing component will identify, purchase, and develop new affordable rental units for low income families.
Workforce Development: We will identify, train, and develop skilled workers for identified employment opportunities.
Youth & Education: The Urban League will support or operate programs that ensure all children receive a quality education that prepares them to succeed in college, careers, and life.
Advocacy: We will strengthen local practices and policies that promotes respect, and protect social and economic equality for all Kentuckians
Professional Development: The Urban League will prepare young professionals for leadership positions within the business community.
The Urban League operates with four full-time and two part-time staff. Core administrative staff include:
P.G. Peeples, Sr., hired as education director in 1969, has served as President/CEO of the Urban League since 1971. He holds bachelors degrees in elementary and special education from the University of Kentucky.
Norman Franklin is the Vice President of Internal Operations, Chief Financial Officer, and the certified housing specialist for the Urban League. He has been with the organization since 1982.
Annissa Franklin is the Chief Administrative officer for Urban League and has been with the agency since 2001. She has a masters degree in nonprofit management from Northeastern University.
Shannon Brooks has been with the Urban League since 2005. She is the Accounting Manager and Tenant Files Manager. She has a bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky.
With a limited staff, we partner with businesses and volunteers to reach our goals. Some of those partners include, but are not limited to: the Lexington – Fayette Urban County Government, United Way of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Utilities, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, PNC Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Central Bank, Ball Homes, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Lexington Housing Authority, the Lexington Urban League Young Professionals, HOME funds, State Farm Insurance, Fayette County Public Schools, etc.
Affordable Housing: The Urban League’s development corporation will produce 20 affordable housing units between July 2014 and June 2019; four units each fiscal period.
Workforce Development: The Urban League will build upon its previous workforce development programming to reestablish a credible program by June 2017.
Youth & Education: We will increase youth participation by 10% in college and career readiness programming by June 2017 and distribute 170 college scholarships by June 2019.
Advocacy: We will advocate for constituents on education, workforce development, and/or civil rights issues that hinder social and economic equality.
Professional Development: The Urban League will increase the Young Professionals membership to 100 active members by June 2019.
Affordable Housing: To date there are 48 completed, affordable, single-family units. There are also 51 multi-family units for senior citizens age 62 and older.
Workforce Development: The Urban League provided job training for senior citizens from 1984 until 2011. We also trained ex-offenders in carpentry skills and provided a training stipend.
Youth & Education: 300 students attend the college and career readiness program, 30 participate in financial literacy during the summer, and annually 24 scholarships are awarded to elementary students, conference.
Advocacy: The Urban League has been active in the passing of Senate Bill 168 (2002) which aids in closing the academic achievement gap, the establishment of the Economic Inclusive report (2007) with strategies for increasing minority business participation, and the inaugural (2010) State of Black Lexington report.
Young Professionals: Currently there are 64 active young professional members.
Porter G. Peeples, Sr., a native Kentuckian, graduated from Lynch High School in 1964 and Southeast Community College in 1966. He attended and graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 1968 and completed graduate work at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. He is presently the President/CEO of the Urban League-Fayette County. He has served in this capacity since 1972.
P.G. continues his dedication to the community through his active participation on numerous local and national boards including Chair of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Vice Chair of the Bluegrass Airport, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Kentucky Housing Corporation, and the Blue Grass Community Foundation, to name a few. P.G. has also received several awards including National History Makers Award, Downtown Lexington Corporation Outstanding Individual Award, and being inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Education Hall of Fame, Kentucky Human Rights Commission Hall of Fame, Kentucky Community & Technical College System Hall of Fame, Southeast Community College President’s Award, and the National Council for Community & Justice Lyman T. Johnson Award. P.G. is very thankful that he has been blessed with a job and career that has allowed him to be of service to his community.
Youth Educational Services focuses on the three known barriers to higher education: academic preparation, financial ability, and support. The components are:
Academic Challenges – provides academic tutors for 2,000 students who compete for college scholarships. The goal is to close the achievement gap.
LIFT is a college and career conference for middle/high school students that provides leadership and life skills. LIFT averages 300 students and 75 parents annually.
YLEAD teaches 12 financial literacy lessons through entrepreneurship to 100 middle school youth. The goal is to prepare students for success in their financial lives.
MADE provides weekly in and after school gang/violence prevention services to 150 middle and high school students. The goal is to increase GPAs, decrease truancy and deviant behavior.
Parent Leadership Academies will equip parents and caregivers for better school engagement. The goal is to increase student achievement and produce adult advocates.
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