New York City Urban League assistance programs.

Residents of New York City can find help from the Urban League, which has multiple locations in the region. The agency assists the unemployed or people looking for new skills. They coordinate workforce development in the area, often with partners. Other resources provided from the organization can be very limited financial aid, mostly by referrals to government benefits in the state of New York.

Employment assistance is part of workforce development. The Urban League provides initiatives and resources throughout the city and all boroughs, including Queens, the Bronx and others. The job-assistance program is designed to assist unemployed and underemployed. There is support for seniors, youth and adult job seekers, and the goal is to help them attain social or job skills and education to increase their participation and retention in the workforce.

The workforce development team from the organization recommends careers to program participants and provides the training needed for clients to gain proficiency in high demand industries. They also operate programs such as the Technology Learning Center, which offers Computer and free Internet Access to the community, classes on Microsoft products and other training.

Sessions can include individual, service-based or group mentoring. This is available by teachers to participants in the New York City Urban League program. In some cases, for those seeking employment, professional workplace attire or free clothing is provided to clients.

These programs also offer support from navigational and life skills which touch upon many issues. It includes community reintegration strategies, family support, academic and social enrichment workshops, case management, and community service projects. This program serves hundreds of clients annually.

Other Empowerment Programs from New York Urban League include the following. There is education, with clients having the option to attain a high school diploma or GED. Job training in the city will involve individuals having the opportunity to prepare for over 20 occupations in high-demand sectors.

There is career counseling for clients receiving assistance in the development of long term employment and educational goals, training in workforce skills and financial literacy. Other assistance from the career readiness workshop can include civil rights education and job-search assistance; individual or group mentoring; with participants having the opportunity to give back to the New York community through volunteering or other activities.




Training to Work offers workforce development and employment services for the least fortunate, such as incarcerated individuals, the long term unemployed or those under sever distress. There can be internships arranged or volunteer opportunities. This program helps such individuals re-enter the labor market and provides a skills-based training approach tailored to the needs of employers and clients.

For those that enroll, clients may be able to attain GEDs and other industry-recognized credentials. This will also encourage participants to pursue higher education or gain new skills. The New York City Urban League sponsored program also provides support services for participants up to six months after they land a job.

The non-profit says that all workforce programs are designed to prepare job seekers for employment in in-demand fields, such as computer work, construction, and other similar activities.

Parent Academies are Urban League sponsored classes and workshops that provide parents, regardless of background, with assistance for raising a child. The focus is on educational and health care, but other advice is provided too.

There are also additional employment and mentoring services to urban youth and adults over 18 years of age who are particularly vulnerable to disengagement from school, community and work. This comes in different varieties, and the office can offer details.

One service that is available in New York City, and the Urban League can provide referrals to, is Head Start. The program is available as a center-based, high quality-rated service that embraces the entire family, including parents of course. It works by offering students, who will be children, access to development, and parents the benefit of basically free childcare. Everything is done in a developmentally and culturally appropriate learning environment.





Information on emergency financial aid in New York City

Referrals may be provided to families so they can get help with energy costs. There are programs in the region of New York City, such as the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) or LIHEAP. When funds are available from these federal resources, it can help with paying natural gas and electricity bills, heating-oil costs and partial bulk-fuel payments.

In some cases, local nonprofit organizations in the city partner with the Urban League on offering offer assistance with water bills and sewer payments or utility reconnection deposits. The league notes that in many cases, a minimal copay amount is required from clients in order to fully pay bills.

Some partners of the New York Urban League, including charities, coordinate homelessness prevention. The local nonprofit organizations help qualified families pay a portion of their delinquent rent or mortgage expenses in order stop evictions. There may in some cases be loans for this.

Charities that offer this, or the HRA in the city, will have very limited funds. Often at most, only one month’s worth of expenses will be paid by a local charity type group or the city. In addition, case managers provide advice on eviction prevention and timely rent payments as part of EFSP, referred above.

There are two main offices of the Urban League. As noted, financial aid, and other resources, are available through referrals only. However they do often participate in employment services. The locations are 3008 Eastchester Road, Bronx, New York 10469, (call 718-944-3734) as well as 204 West 136th street, New York, NY 10030, (telephone 212-926-8000).



By Jon McNamara

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