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Urban League Education Summit to Focus on College Degree Initiative

The Louisville Urban League will hold its 2012 Education Summit this weekend.

President and CEO Ben Richmond says this year’s session will focus on raising awareness among African-American churches about the league’s 15K Degrees intiative.

That’s the effort to have 15,000 African-Americans earn a college degree by the year 2020. It’s part of the community-wide 55,000 Degrees initiave.

Richmond says African-American churches can play a major role in the effort if they’re given the proper resources.

“We’re introducing a tool kit that we’re calling the 15K Faith Action took kit, showing churches and parents things that they can do to help grow a college-going culture,” he said.

The Urban League’s Education Summit begins at 9:00 Saturday morning at Central High School. Richmond says there will also be information available about applying for college and for student financial aid.

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Urban League Event To Help Those Facing Foreclosure

The Louisville Urban League is sponsoring an event this week aimed at helping homeowners who are in foreclosure or facing the possibility of losing their home.

The group’s Christy McCravy says the “Preserving Homeownership Fair” will allow residents to talk face-to-face with lenders and others to discuss
their situation.

“If their lender is not present, they have the opportunity to meet with a counselor or attend workshops that will be provided by local agencies, giving them information on alternatives and how their credit will be affected and how they can pursue homeownership in the future,” she said.

McCravy says with unemployment in the Louisville area still around 10-percent, there are hundreds of people across the community facing the threat of foreclosure.

The “Preserving Homeownership Fair” will be held Thursday from 3-7pm at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage on West Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

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Yarmuth Announces New Jobs Workshop

After more than 400 job seekers attended a “Build Your Skills” workshop last year, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., announced Wednesday that he would host a second set of free seminars for those seeking job opportunities.

The event will offer Louisville residents who are unemployed, underemployed or looking to change careers a chance to receive professional advice on resume writing and interviewing skills.

“It was a huge help to the people who attended last year and people got great advice on how to portray themselves and obtain skills that make them more marketable in the job scene. A number of people were hired on that spot last year,” Yarmuth told WFPL. “We have a number of employers who will help people and obvious if they see somebody they need they’ll jump on that opportunity, so I hope people come out.”

Workshops will be led by career counselors and experts who will also participate in one-on-one sessions with individuals seeking employment opportunities.  Yarmuth’s office is partnering with KentuckianaWorks and the Louisville Urban League to host the event.

The seminars are scheduled for July 22 at Jefferson Community and Technical College’s downtown campus in the health sciences building. Interested residents can reserve a spot by checking in with the congressman’s website or calling 502-582-5129.

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Urban League’s ‘Project Ready’ To Resume Soon

The Louisville Urban League is preparing to take on another group of young people for its Project Ready program that resumes after the holidays.

Kevin Fields is the organization’s Director of Youth Education and Development.

He says the program is intended for students in grades seven through twelve in Louisville’s Smoketown and Shelby Park neighborhoods.

“We offer academic enrichment, social skill development, global and cultural awareness, and the ultimate objective is to prepare students for college,” he said.

Project Ready events are held outside of regular school hours at the Urban League headquarters and Meyzeek Middle School. It operates with funding from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and the Making Connections Network.

Application information is available from the Louisville Urban League.

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Urban League Career Expo Wednesday In J-town

By Andy Freudenburg

The Louisville Urban League will host its 7th annual Community Career Expo Jeffersontown Wednesday.

Urban League President Ben Richmond says more than 40 employers are expected to participate.

“Any person that’s looking to obtain a job, or to upgrade a job, to come out and be prepared, look the part, have a good resume, and interact with these employers.”

Richmond says about one thousand job openings are available through the various employers, which include UPS, Kroger, Norton Healthcare and Jewish Hospital.

The expo runs from 10am-3pm at the Jeffersontown Community Center.

The event is free and open to job-seekers age 18 and older.

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LG&E Makes $100,000 Donation to Urban League

One-hundred-thousand dollars was donated to the Louisville Urban League today by LG&E.

League President Ben Richmond says the money will go into its general budget.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in the demand for our services,” says Richmond. “An 18% increase in our employment area over what we projected, we’ve also had a 14% increase in our housing area of need.”

Richmond says they’ve seen more people asking for help after losing their jobs or while going through foreclosure. He says the league applies for a donation from LG&E every year.