From elementary to high school students, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland is molding the future direction of Cleveland youth and helping them become successful and prosperous young adults. We have established a solid track record of delivering quality education and youth development programs within Cuyahoga County for more than two decades. Throughout the Youth Services arena, ULGC youth staff members are known as “kid magnets” and youth servants. It is the understanding and belief that the youth of today are not just tomorrow’s leaders, but that they have leadership to offer today.
The Urban League’s Kids College is an academic, in school enrichment program for Kindergarten through eighth grade students. Funded by United Way of Greater Cleveland, the program works with 30-40 third grade students at Marion Sterling, PreK-8 school. Third grade is a crucial year for students, if a child cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade, he/she will not promote to fourth grade (Third Grade Reading Guarantee). Ninety three percent of third graders at Sterling were promoted to fourth grade in the 2015-16 academic year, with the additional 7% promoted during summer school.
Urban League’s flagship education program is Project Ready-Career Beginnings (PR-CB), a high school retention and college access program designed to make Cleveland area students more competitive in the global economy. The success has been phenomenal; results included increased school attendance, an increased interest and commitment to learning, and improved social skills. PR-CB is funded by the National Urban League.
For 27 years, the Urban League has been instrumental in developing relationships with historically black colleges and universities across the nation. This dynamic program gives students the opportunity to visit college campuses, experience their rich culture and heritage, and talk to current students. Participants also visit educational or historic sites, such as The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. Anywhere from 45-90 young adults can attend each year. It is estimated that a minimum of 50% of students who attend the college tour go on to higher education.
MyCOM is a youth movement that inspires and prepares Greater Cleveland’s young people, kindergarten through graduation to reach their full potential and become outstanding citizens, contributing to the well-being of their communities. The Urban League designs and implements a Professional Development series for more than 100 Out of School Time Providers through Starting Point, the lead agency.