The National Urban League Launches Comprehensive $100MM, Public-Private "Jobs Rebuild America" Campaign to Combat Unemployment.

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Jobs Rebuild America is a $100 million public-private-nonprofit partnership effort aimed at putting America back to work. The two-prong initiative will touch 50 U.S. cities and focuses on community investments and grassroots legislative advocacy. Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor Seth Harris joins Marc Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League, today for the national launch in Cleveland, OH.

Creating jobs and economically viable communities must be a tripod effort between government, corporate and nonprofit, and Jobs Rebuild America shows how these partnerships can drive job creation and innovation to revitalize struggling communities.

Today, the National Urban League, the nation's largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, will launch its historic “Jobs Rebuild America: Educate, Employ, Empower” initiative in Cleveland, OH. Jobs Rebuild America, a solutions-based, comprehensive approach to the nation’s employment and education crisis, brings together federal government, business, and nonprofit resources to create economic opportunity in 50 communities across the country through the Urban League affiliate network.    

The community investment component is a $100 million, five-year multi-platform effort designed to reach job-seekers, vulnerable youth and entrepreneurs. The initiative uses a comprehensive community development model that includes program offerings such as job-training for youth (18-24) and mature workers (55+), college preparation, a jobs network, entrepreneurship support, small business financing and resources, and tax credits, among others.

The grassroots advocacy component of Jobs Rebuild America focuses on federal legislative action to ensure a responsible fiscal plan and support for efforts that spur job creation in urban America. The National Urban League recently championed the reintroduction and passage of the Urban Jobs Act and Project Ready STEM Act, along with the respective sponsors of each bill – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Chaka Fattah and Rep. Marcia Fudge – to spotlight the urgency of job creation and the need to invest in the education and skills enhancement of disadvantaged young people.

“As America faces the lowest labor force participation rate in almost 35 years, creating jobs and economically viable communities must be a collaborative, tripod effort between the government, corporate and nonprofit sectors,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “Our Jobs Rebuild America initiative is a leading example that public-private-nonprofit partnerships can drive job creation and the program innovation required to revitalize struggling communities. It’s time to shift from the debate about the problem of unemployment to comprehensively doing what is required to solve it, and our affiliates across the country are primed to do just that.”

As a designated Jobs Rebuild America market, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland is receiving a total of $950,000 in community investment competitive grants for three signature National Urban League programs – the Urban Youth Empowerment Program (UYEP), the Entrepreneurship Center program, and Project Ready: Post-Secondary Success Program.

“In a state that has the largest number of affiliates in the Urban League movement, Cleveland is proud to be the launch city for the national Jobs Rebuild America campaign,” said Marsha Mockabee, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. “Four years ago, announcements went out that our doors were closing due to the dismal funding and economic environment. However, significant public and private investments have allowed us to expand existing programs, as well as introduce new ones, to better serve the needs of our local community. As a result, we have been able to more effectively leverage local resources, restore funder and community confidence, and design a new 21st Century workforce development system to reach thousands of job seekers, while targeting some of our most vulnerable unemployed.”

For the UYEP program, the Cleveland affiliate will serve 100 juvenile offenders ages 16-24 over two years via case management support, job readiness and placement services, mentoring, restorative justice and education and training opportunities.

The Urban League of Greater Cleveland was also one of the original National Urban League affiliate participants in the Entrepreneurship Center program. The Center provides business management consulting and training services to more than 700 small and minority businesses in the greater Cleveland area. Bolstering these efforts, the affiliate operates a Small Business Development Center and Minority Business Assistance Center, as well as is one of the partners in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which is also based in Cleveland.

The National Urban League will also continue its grant commitment to the Cleveland affiliate to advance its Project Ready efforts around academic, social and cultural support and opportunities designed to develop college or career “readiness” for 8th-12th grade students.

“We visited Cleveland two years ago as part of the exploration phase of our nationwide Jobs Tour, and we came back with resources to invest,” said Morial. “What we are accomplishing here is representative of what we are doing with our partners and affiliates across the nation to provide economic and education opportunities in communities of greatest need.”

For additional information on Jobs Rebuild America, program components and employment opportunities, as well as participant testimonials, visit

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*Note: See below for a list of all cities where Urban League affiliates are operating Jobs Rebuild America programs, initiative partners, and program components.


1.    Alexandria, VA (PR)
2.    Atlanta, GA (PR, UYEP, EC)
3.    Aurora, IL (PR, UYEP)
4.    Birmingham, AL (UYEP)
5.    Boston, MA (UYEP, MWP)
6.    Chattanooga, TN (PR)
7.    Chicago, IL (PR, EC)
8.    Cincinnati, OH (PR, EC)
9.    Cleveland, OH (PR, UYEP, EC)
10.    Columbia, SC (PR)
11.    Dallas, TX (PR, UYEP)
12.    Dayton, OH (UYEP)
13.    Detroit, MI (PR, UYEP, MWP)
14.    Elyria, OH (PR, UYEP)
15.    Fort Lauderdale, FL (UYEP)
16.    Fort Wayne, IN (PR)
17.    Greenville, SC (PR)
18.    Hartford, CT (PR)
19.    Houston, TX (PR, UYEP, EC)
20.    Indianapolis, IN (PR)
21.    Jacksonville, FL (EC)
22.    Kansas City (EC)
23.    Knoxville, TN (PR)
24.    Las Vegas, NV (UYEP)
25.    Long Island, NY/via Westchester (UYEP, MWP)
26.    Los Angeles, CA (UYEP, EC)
27.    Louisville, KY (PR, UYEP, MWP)
28.    Madison, WI (PR)
29.    Memphis , TN (PR)
30.    Milwaukee, WI (PR)
31.    Minneapolis, MN (PR)
32.    Nashville, TN (PR)
33.    New Orleans, LA (PR, UYEP, EC)
34.    New York, NY (PR)
35.    Newark, NJ (PR, UYEP, MWP)
36.    Oklahoma City, OK (PR, UYEP)
37.    Orlando, FL (CB)
38.    Peoria, IL (UYEP)
39.    Philadelphia, PA (PR, EC)
40.    Pittsburgh, PA (PR, UYEP, MWP, CB)
41.    Rochester, NY (PR, UYEP)
42.    Sacramento, CA (UYEP)
43.    San Diego, CA (PR, UYEP)
44.    Seattle, WA (PR)
45.    Springfield, IL (PR, UYEP)
46.    Springfield, MA (PR)
47.    West Palm Beach, FL (UYEP)
48.    Wichita, KS (PR)
49.    Wilmington, DE (PR)
50.    Winston-Salem, NC (PR)    

PR = Project Ready    
UYEP = Urban Youth Empowerment Program    
EC= Entrepreneurship Center
MWP = Mature Workers Program    
CB = Urban Empowerment College Bound 


  •     AT&T
  •     Bank of America
  •     Best Buy
  •     Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  •     BP America
  •     Chevron
  •     Citi
  •     Corinthians Colleges
  •     Everest College
  •     Freddie Mac
  •     General Motors
  •     Goldman Sachs
  •     JPMorgan Chase
  •     Nationwide Insurance
  •     New York Stock Exchange
  •     Pitney Bowes
  •     State Farm
  •     Stonehenge
  •     Target
  •     Time Warner
  •     UPS
  •     U.S. Department of Justice
  •     U.S. Department of Labor
  •     U.S. Department of Treasury
  •     Walmart
  •     Wells Fargo


1.    Urban Youth Empowerment Program
A job-training program that targets out-of-school and adjudicated youths between ages 14 and 17, and/or adjudicated youth between 18-24 years old, to prepare them for entry into world of work through provision of a comprehensive set of services including case management, education and job training, mentoring, internships and subsidized employment.

2.    Mature Workers Program
Provides job training, counseling, job placement and supportive services to workers who are 55 and older. Participants are placed in subsidized community service positions at nonprofit and public facilities, designed to provide skills that enable participants to obtain unsubsidized employment.

3.    Urban League Entrepreneurship Centers
Located at 10 Urban League affiliates around the country, the Centers provide comprehensive financial literacy training, management counseling, mentorship as well as technical assistance to start-up businesses that result in higher survival rates. All 10 Centers support job creation and preservation and long-term financial growth strategies through educational workshops and trainings, one-on-one consultation and business plan development geared to strengthen the business skills of minority entrepreneurs, assist businesses secure financing and contracts that advance their annual revenue and identify new markets with high-growth potential. Centers are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

4.    Project Ready: Post-Secondary Success Program
Provides 8th-12th grade students with academic, social and cultural supports and opportunities designed to develop “readiness”: having the information and perspective necessary for success without needing remediation in college or career.

5.    Urban Empowerment Fund (UEF)
Created to fill a widening credit gap, UEF is a new Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and small business loan fund that will provide financing and technical assistance to help small business owners create sustainable companies and vibrant communities nationwide across the markets it serves.

6.    Urban League Stonehenge New Markets Tax Credit Partnership
A federal community development program designed to stimulate the flow of investment capital in underserved communities. Tax payers that make qualified equity investments in designated Community Development Entities (CDEs) receive a 39 percent NMTC tax credit that is claimed over a seven-year credit allowance period. Substantially all of the qualified equity investment must in turn be used by the CDE to provide investments in low-income communities.

7.    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
A national network of partners investing $500 million, funded by Goldman Sachs, to unlock the economic growth and job-creation potential of 10,000 small businesses across the United States through greater access to business education, mentors and networks, and financial capital. The National Urban League is an anchor partner.

8.    Urban League Jobs Network and Career and Networking Fairs
The National Urban League’s Jobs Network is a community of support and connections to employers seeking diverse, qualified candidates. The Jobs Network hosts online Virtual Career Fairs and promotes local job fairs in conjunction with affiliates, as well as a three-day Career and Networking Fair that takes place during NUL’s Annual Conference.

9.    Urban League Small Business Matters Summit
A one-day summit held in conjunction with the Annual Conference, it features dynamic speakers and interactive workshops. The Small Business Matters Summit offers the opportunity to network with industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs while accessing resources meant to spearhead your business growth and plans. The Pitch Contest offers new businesses an opportunity to win $10,000 in financing.

10.    Urban Empowerment College Bound Program
A partnership with Everest University, the pilot program provides students who have not finished high school with classroom instruction, tutoring, financial counseling and career coaching.

11.    California Urban Youth Empowerment Program
A job-training program that targets out-of-school and/or adjudicated youth between 18-24 years old, to prepare them for entry into world of work through provision of a comprehensive set of services including case management, education and job training, mentoring, internships and subsidized employment, focused on three California cities to be named at a later date.

About the National Urban League
The National Urban League ( is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization dedicated to economic empowerment in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League has improved the lives of more than two million people nationwide through direct service programs that are implemented locally by its 95 Urban League affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The organization also conducts public policy research and advocacy activities from its Washington, DC bureau.

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