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    Are you an aspiring entrepreneur in the startup or growth phase of your business cycle but just not sure on how to develop a balanced business plan for long term sustainability, certified but unable to scale to capacity, raise limited Capital, find a reliable business network or determine a strategy that will create a demand for your product and/or services? If you answered "Yes" to any one of these questions you are a prime candidate for the Houston Area Urban League's Small Business Development University program.

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  • Angel Lane Grand Opening The Angel Lane Community Center (ALCC) had its Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The ALCC, also referred to as "a symbol of promise" by Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) President and CEO Judson W. Robinson III, will become an essential component in the lives of families impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

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  • First Time Home Buyer Workshop The First Time Homebuyers Class is designed to assist low to moderate-income families with the home buying process. Completion of this class entitles qualified families with down payment and closing cost assistance. Classes are in English and Spanish.

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Small Business University: September 18th Class Canceled

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Due to inclement weather conditions, we are canceling tonight's Small Business Development University class. We will resume next week on Thursday, September 25th.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Phillip at pyates@haul.org.

Young Professional University

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Young Professional’s University-


The mission of Young Professionals’ University (“YPU” or “YP University”), hosted by HAULYP, is to ensure that all of our children are empowered through education to prepare them for economic self-reliance in the 21st century by leveraging on the experiences of HAULYP members and factual data. YPU aims to offer enrichment programs, through a two part series (Fall and Spring), for Houston area youth that focuses on the following areas:

- Achieving Academic Success

- College Preparation (i.e. admissions requirements, application process, letters of recommendation, college fair)

- Financial Aid Planning and Process and Money Management

- Career Planning (i.e. collegiate discipline, career field, etc.)

- Social, Cultural and Campus Extra-Curricular Enrichment

Target Audience

YP University will engage high school youth, grades ninth – twelfth (primarily eleventh and twelfth) from underserved populations in the Houston and surrounding areas. These students come from a variety of programs including, but not limited to, NULITES, Upward Bound, faith based organizations, local high schools, etc. Each semester YPU is held on the campus of a college/university in the Houston and surrounding area in order to expose students to the multitude of options available to them. In the past, the program has been held at The University of Houston – Main Campus, The University of Houston – Downtown Campus, Rice University and Texas Southern University.

Fall Edition
YP University Fall Session seeks to inform and educate our youth on the importance of furthering their education after high school, the various options available to students, and the “need to know” information that will help them to be successful at the next level.

- The college 101 workshop will discuss life after high school and aim to educate students on the importance of pursuing higher education upon graduating. This workshop will provide the tools necessary to help students align their interests, talents and skills will various college majors and schools.

- During the admissions workshop will provide students with the tools necessary to prepare for the admissions and application process including ACT and SAT testing tips, preparing letters of recommendation, and building an admissions’ resume that will stand-out amongst others.

- The financial aid will expose students to the multitude of financial assistance options available to those seeking to further their education beyond high school such as, but not limited to, grants, scholarships, loans, etc. and provide tips on how to successfully obtain assistance.

- The career fair will give students an opportunity to talk with young professionals who have taken the path they seek to take upon graduating. These persons will be available to help guide students in regards to various majors and subsequent career paths that may align with their skills, interests and passion.

- Lastly, the college fair will give each student an opportunity to engage with a vast array of university representatives from schools across the United States to receive information regarding programs and admission’s requirements.


The mission of The Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals, an auxiliary of the Houston Area Urban League, is to build a positive synergy that will advance activism in the community among young professionals under the age of 40. The Young Professionals are committed to supporting the objectives of the Urban League as it endeavors to improve the quality of life for people of color through economic and political awareness, community development and real world education.


3 Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Money

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3 Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Money


Does your child understand the basics of money?

by Sheiresa Ngo    Posted: April 7, 2014

It’s never too early to teach your children about money. In fact, whether you realize it or not, your children are learning about money from you. They understand that you go to the store to buy things, then check out with things that you want and need. The problem is that they don’t always understand how money works. Parents often attempt to teach children about money with allowances. An allowance is a start, but children can learn so much more from just a few inexpensive lessons.

Lesson One: Money is Not Free

It is very tempting to give children allowances, but this does not teach them that people work for money. Sure, they see people go to jobs, but they do not always grasp what this means. Instead of an allowance, create a chores list. Assign values to the chores and pay them for those chores once a week. Even small children can do small chores, such as feeding a dog or cat, dusting furniture, or even sorting laundry. The work will not be perfect, but your child will learn that money is earned.

Lesson Two: Save and Give

Once your child has earned enough money, create three piles: One for savings, one to spend, and the last to give to charity. Not only will your child learn how to sort money, he or she will learn not to spend all of his or her earned money. That habit will grow with your children and follow them into adulthood.

Lesson Three: Saving for What We Want

Have your child earn something that he or she really wants. It might be a new bike or a new Lego set. Set a goal with your child and offer your child extra jobs. This is a good lesson in saving and setting goals.

There are many other lessons to be learned, but these three are the first few lessons along the path to money management. The lessons are simple and fun, and you may even learn something from your child as you help him or her figure out the mysteries of money.


Houston Area Urban League kicked-off the Fall 2014 Small Business Development University Networking Mixer

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On August 21st, the Houston Area Urban League kicked-off the Fall 2014 Small Business Development University Networking Mixer at The Entrepreneurship Center. There were over 40 guests in attendance. The applicants comprised of both start-up and existing small business owners looking to grow their business and scale opportunities for certification, contracts, and expansion capital. 

The evening included presentations from Liz Carreno, HCC Goldman Sachs Program Director; Richard Gianni, Vice President of Accion Texas; and HAUL Business Consultants Branden Morris and Latosha Norwood. Not to mention, refreshments and plenty of business exchange.  

This is the largest turnout for the program in it's four (4) years of existence. Program facilitator, Phillip Yates, says this group has the potential to create jobs and many success stories. 

We would like thank our program partners Goldman Sachs 10KSB, Port of Houston Authority, UPS, Wells Fargo, and The National Urban League for their collaboration in making this evening possible. 


UYEP-Now Youth Donates Mens Clothing to Society of St. Vincent De Paul

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UYEP-NOW youths donated over 40 suits, 40 sport jackets and over 100 pairs of pants and dress shirts.
The staff at St. Vincent De Paul shared with us that they have prayed for Men’s clothing and UYEP-NOW was the answer to their prayers. This donation was immediately sent to their Bellaire store to be prepared for helping Men.
St. Vincent De Paul shared the impact of this donation will help serve over 800 families in the community.