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The Jacksonville Urban League is a nonprofit, special-service and advocacy organization that works to fulfill its mission of empowering communities and changing lives. Founded in 1947 as an affiliate of the National Urban League, the League has focused on a holistic approach to its goal of providing individuals and families the tools that can empower them toward a productive and successful life. Since its founding, more than six decades ago, the League has remained steadfast to service - including early education, housing education and repairs, increasing employment opportunities, creating economic and social justice initiatives, and bolstering economic development in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The League envisions Jacksonville where all people are valued members of the community, live in neighborhoods that are vibrant and thriving, and can support themselves and their families through the numerous opportunities in this region.
The Jacksonville Urban League (JUL) advocates for and promotes the development and equitable treatment of all North Florida residents. The League fosters regular and open communication between citizens and government. Advocacy initiatives of the Jacksonville Urban League include implementing strategies to advocate for the poor and disenfranchised; voter registration, education and form, and providing leadership addressing community disparities. The JUL conducts workshops and seminars focused on providing solutions to help unemployed and underemployed adults, youth and veterans. Technology and various specific workshop options are utilized to support the intellectual, physical, and emotional development of the participants.
The JUL seeks resources to develop and implement initiatives that empower individuals, entrepreneurs, and disadvantaged business entities to become successful. Community wealth building and job creation strategies are targeted in the urban core where opportunities may not exist. Through training, workshops, and individual coaching sessions, partners are brought together to find capital investments that improve the community’s quality of life, particularly in asset poor neighborhoods. In addition to advocating for small business growth, the League provides financial literacy, home ownership and financial counseling workshops and supportive economic enterprises to aid individuals realizing their personal economic goals.