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  • Small Business Development University

    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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  • 10 Point Journey to Peace Plan “The phenomenon we have seen in America since the announcement of the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is new to a generation, but not to the nation. Young people have always helped to fuel historic social change.

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  • ACA Faith Action Sunday Event

    Outreach & Enrollment Event at The Fountain of Praise with the Secretary of Health and Human Services Slyvia Burwell along with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Congressman Al Green in attendance.

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  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Annual Toy Drive

    Congresswoman Lee recognizes the work of Houston's Minority Media Community at her Annual Toy for Kids Event.

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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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  • Fluor Supporting NCCER Training

    Our thanks to Fluor for supporting our NCCER Training.  This will help to fund an entire class and put people to work!!

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  • Hands Up! Don't Shoot Town Hall Meeting Houston Area Urban League YPs in collaboration wit TSU SGA and NAACP host a much needed townhall discussion on the state of relations of the black community with the police force nationally and locally. Let's have an open and informed conversation! Esteemed panel members below: Dr. Virgil Woods -- Civil Rights Activist, C.O. Bradford -- Council Member and former Police Cheif Judson Robinson -- President and CEO of Houston Area Urban League Derrick Muhammed - Community Activist

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  • Health Insurance Marketplace

    Houston Area Urban League Marketplace Assistance Call Center 281-440-0945 or 281-220-6012.  Enroll now in a plan that covers essential benefits, preexisting conditions, and more.  Call us today and we will help guide you through the process to health coverage that meets your needs and budget.

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  • NCCER Training NCCER Construction Training Construction /Basic Apprentice Trades 
    Provides training for all types of construction trades helpers – electrician, carpenters, plumber, pipe fitters, dry wall, sheet rock, iron and metal work.

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    The Houston Area Urban League is a United Way Agency.

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  • Urban Youth Empowerment Program UYEP Completes Job Readiness Training With Job Fair For the past 8 weeks, the UYEP-NOW youth participated in Life Skills & Job Readiness Trainings such as; Dress for Success, Landing your first job, Developing a Winning Resume, Job Fair Etiquette and Developing your 30 second elevator speech. The Job Fair was a SUCCESS!!!

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  • UYEP Restorative Justice Event with Harris County Precinct 7 Office

    UYEP Now learned about acceptable and unacceptable behaviors when engaged with Police that will help the relationship between Law Enforcement and the Community.  

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  • Workforce Development and Training

    Employment Orientation held every Wednesday at 9:00 A.M. at 5320 Griggs Rd, Houston TX 77021

    Identify Your Ideal Career • Gain Skills in Job Readiness • Effective Job Interviewing • Strong Communication and Social Interaction • Learn New and Appropriate Coping Skills • Learn to Motivate Self and Others • Benefit from Supportive Services and Job Placement Opportunities 

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The National Urban League 8 Point Plan: Educate, Employ and Empower

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In 2011, the National Urban League launched the 12-Point Jobs Plan to Put America Back to Work. In 2012, we are issuing a public call for immediate national action around the education and job-training steps necessary to achieve these goals. As a result of our long history of job training and education programs, the National Urban League understands the importance of equipping workers with a sound education. With the introduction of our 2012 Employment and Education Plan, we seek to raise this most urgent conversation to the top of our national news headlines. The time to act is now!

Any serious discussion about the creation of jobs and economic opportunity must account for the basic shortcomings of our current national approach to education, from early education to adulthood, and beyond. These two concepts are closely rooted in their ultimate purpose, if not one and the same. Education, at its core, is economic readiness. Job training, by its very definition, is education in its most practical sense. The two cannot and must not be viewed separately. A broken national system of education will continue to yield a broken economy, built upon broken communities and broken lives.

This list of practical and actionable ideas is a recommended approach to solving America’s crisis in education - one designed to spark serious discussion, while also serving as a policy playbook ready for action today. We view the following collection of ideas as the first step towards positive change, and a long-term education solution for America.

Although our traditional role has often been seen by many as a ‘bridge’ between the services available and the daily needs of the underserved of our cities, we fully accept the growing challenge asked of a historic Civil Rights Organization such as ours, to take the lead in forcing our country to confront those basic sources of economic hardship that we can and must change within our lifetime.

The National Urban League 8-Point Plan includes:

  1. Fair and equitable school funding for all
  2. Robust early childhood education for each child
  3. Strengthen high schools and re-engage students to prevent dropouts
  4. Robust STEM focused curriculum and programs
  5. Qualified, effective and diverse teachers
  6. Strategic workforce development: targeting Americans most in need
  7. New job training models coupled with job placement
  8. Improving and integrating current data systems

To Read More Click Here 8-Point Plan


United Way Project Ready Guided Reading for HISD Families Pleasantville Elementary

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As we continue our quest to help the families in Houston ISD understand differentiated instruction, to support their children and HISD with students becoming strategic, independent readers, HAUL engaged 229 parents, guardians, grandparents and children last night at Pleasantville Elementary with engaging, appropriate text for successful and rapid growth to help their children become independent reader.

110 Adults

119 Children

See photos of the workshop that included the students performing, parent workshop, parent/student engaging around the strategies the parents received in the workshop, just right Scholastic books for families to take home and continue practicing, Frnchy's Chicken dinner for all and door prizes.

Two schools in November, which means we have space for more schools. United Way is funding the four schools for two sessions each. We need to provide this service for all the elementary schools in Houston ISD. When our families understand what we are doing with their children in the classroom, they can support that effort at home. When the home is doing the same thing our teachers are doing in the classroom, our KIDS are CORNERED and learning is inevitable. If you would like to support this work, come see first hand how it works.

 Next workshop November 20, 2014 at HISD Kashmere Gardens Elementary School at 5pm. We are missing 13 days in November we could be working with other schools and there families.


State Farm: Childproofing Electrical Outlets

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When childproofing your home, try getting down on all fours to see the world from your child’s point of view. Once there, you’ll get a better perspective on one of the more dangerous hazards that, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, send about 2,400 children a year to the emergency room: electrical outlets. In addition to their tiny fingers, children will find any number of household items to stick into the outlet—most often hairpins or keys. This innocent exploration can lead to first- or second-degree electrical burns, since a child’s skin is thinner and easily conducts electricity. In some instances, the electric shock can be fatal. You can’t prevent children from being curious, and constant supervision of them isn’t always possible either. So take a moment to become familiar with the electrical outlet safety measures currently available. 

Plastic Outlet Protectors 

The most inexpensive safety outlet cover, these caps fit their prongs directly into outlet holes. The drawback is that children can figure out how to remove them. Also, you may forget to re-insert them and leave the outlet uncovered. If you misplace the small covers, they can be a choking hazard for very young children. Plastic outlet protectors may be better than nothing, but there are safer options. 

Complete Outlet Covers 

These cover the complete outlet face, or switchplate. In addition, they cover the ends of your plugged-in cords, keeping the entire area of the wall safe. Make sure these are easy to remove for adults so other cords can be plugged in—but not too easy, as a curious child might then be able to snap them off the switchplate. 

Child Tamper-Resistant Face Outlet Covers 

These covers are characterized by switchplates with faces that swivel or slide over the outlet holes. Check your hardware store, as some are intended as replacement switchplates and other kinds can be retrofit over existing outlets. 

Child Tamper-Resistant Outlets 

They look just like any other outlet, but behind the face there are plastic shutters, designed to remain closed until a plug is inserted. Its safety is based on the idea that most young children will not try to stick two objects into the two vertical outlet holes at the same time. These are the safest option for electrical outlet safety, as they are permanent and automatic. 

See more at: http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/safety-2/family-1/childproofing-electrical-outlets/#sthash.yPUawFUO.dpuf

State Farm Burglary prevention: An unprotected home is a crime

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Burglary is a problem everywhere, whether you live in a house, a condominium, or an apartment, in the city, suburbs, or a rural area. In fact, a household burglary is committed nearly every 23 seconds in the United States*.  Don’t let your home become another statistic. Here are some steps you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your possessions.
What you can do
Outside your home
• Make sure to install bright lights above your porches, yards, and entrances to your home and garage. If you’re renting, the outside of your building and the parking lot should be brightly lit. The more light you have, the fewer hiding places burglars will have.
• Consider timers or photocell controls to ensure your outdoor lighting is on from dusk to dawn. Or you can install motion-activated lighting, featuring sensors that turn on the lights only when motion is detected. You can even combine dusk-to-dawn and motion-activated lighting with Hi/Lo sensors. They keep lights on at 20 percent of their brightness from dusk to dawn, and switch to full brilliance when motion is detected.
• Trim trees and shrubs around windows and doors. The less cover you give to burglars the better.
• If you’re away for a lengthy trip, have your lawn mowed or raked and have your driveway, porch, and walks cleared of snow or leaves.
• Don’t let daily deliveries pile up while you’re away. Cancel printed newspaper delivery and ask your local post office to hold your mail for you. (Visit the U.S. Postal Service® web site to stop your mail delivery while you’re away and resume it on the day after you return.)
• Never leave notes or post messages online that can tip off burglars regarding your plans.
• When you’re home, park your cars in the garage and close the garage door. This will make it less obvious that your home is unoccupied when you are away.
• Don’t leave tools or ladders in your yard. Burglars may use them to gain access into your home.
Inside your home
• Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and doors from an attached garage. Look for a deadbolt lock that has been given a Grade 1 rating from the American National Standard s Institute (ANSI). The ANSI tests locks for security and durability, and gives them a Grade 1, 2, or 3, with Grade 1 being the best..
• Pin-type locks or key locks work best to secure sliding patio doors. For extra security, cut a 2”x 4” to size and leave it in the door channel while you’re away. You can also drive two or three screws in the overhead track to reduce the chance of the door being lifted out of the track by burglars. If you choose a keyed lock, be sure to keep the key in a location where it will be easy to find for family members in the event of a fire.
• To make locks more secure, install a heavy-duty strike plate using three-inch screws that penetrate the wall stud. Make sure the door strike is held in place by four or more screws. Strengthen the door frame by installing a door jamb reinforcement product.
• Consider purchasing two fire-resistant safes: One for your valuables and one for important documents and data. To protect your safes from theft, bolt them to the floor.
• Think about installing an alarm system, preferably a monitored system that includes an audible alarm and strobe light to frighten away burglars.
• Set up contact sensors for points of entry, motion detectors, or security cameras that can sync to a home monitoring system and be programed to notify the owner via text, email, or phone call when someone enters the residence.
• Have automatic timers installed to turn lights on and off in different rooms at different times.
• Keep a detailed inventory of your valuables, including the date of purchase, price paid, and serial numbers.
• Lower the volume of your telephone so it can’t be heard outside.
• Change locks when you move into a new residence.
Install a Home Monitoring System
To help you safeguard your family and belongings, use a home monitoring system. A home monitoring system may: discourage intruders from entering through sensor-protected doors and windows; detect water leaks early, avoiding serious damage; reduce fire and smoke damage through early detection.
Get a lock on home security
Be sure to take the basic preventative steps outlined here, and file this info away for future reference. Just by taking a few simple precautions, you could save your possessions from theft, keep your family safe from break-ins, and may keep your insurance premiums lower.
* Based on 1,402,214 residential burglaries in 2010. Crime in the United States, 2010. Table 23: Offense Analysis. U.S. Department of Justice—Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Mama I Made It”: Town Hall on Higher Education Recap

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Students, educators, researchers, and policy experts convened at the restaurant Busboys & Poet’s located in Washington, DC’s for a town hall forum on higher education and to highlight the findings of the recent Washington Bureau report “From Access to Completion: A Seamless Path to College Graduation for African American Students." “Mama I Made It,” the title of the evening’s program, is a play on the popular phrase often used by low-income underserved young men and women in social media to highlight the milestone of college graduation.

The town hall featured a student panel featuring both high school students and college graduates and was followed by panel featuring policy experts in the higher education space The program ended with a special a presentation by the Department of Education, on financial aid.

The student panel was moderated by Juana Summers an education reporter with NPR. The panelists, Deon Jones, 2014 graduate of American University, Valencia White, who graduated from Alabama A&M University in 2013, Mahni Hellams of Eastern Senior High School, and Kaija Pack of Benjamin E. Mays High School—both high school seniors-- discussed the issues the face in navigating the college admissions process and what supports might make the process smoother for those going through it today.

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