About the CFUL
The Central Florida Urban League has been a pillar in the community for over 40 years, serving more than 75,000 Central Floridians since our inception. Adapting to the new realities in both society and in our community, the CFUL has honed its mission to focus on the Three Es: Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship. These three pillars guide all CFUL programming and initiatives, ensuring that our organization can end generational poverty in our community and beyond.
To realize this mission, the CFUL has two core programs: the CareerSource Job Training Initiative and a Financial Literacy Program.
The CareerSource Job Training Initiative encompasses:
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Healthcare Support Aide Training Program:
Our Healthcare Support Aides Training Program prepares graduates to work in multiple fields, but we maintain a specific focus on training individuals to work with at-risk youth. This program provides our clients with the skills to work with youth in our community, helping them reach their full potential academically, emotionally, and socially while inspiring a lifetime love of learning. Healthcare Support Aides develop a foundation specializing in Social and Emotional Training with a focus on social and emotional support; they earn the title of Registered Behavioral Technicians upon graduation.
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Course:
The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification Course ensures tomorrow's leaders are prepared with the toolkit they need to get ahead in today's competitive landscape. Whether you are starting a bakery or launching the next billion-dollar startup, ESB validates a students' understanding of core business principles, including the essentials needed to launch and maintain a successful business.
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The Financial Literacy Program:
The Central Florida Urban League provides leadership on this critical topic through financial education which helps students & families develop prudent financial habits and create a new generation of informed citizens into the American economy. A key component of this program is Meet the Banker 1.0, which affords unbanked, low-to-moderate income individuals the opportunity to consult one-on-one with a representative from a financial institution in a safe and neutral environment. Beyond empowering participants to establish and pursue their financial goals, the time spent with a banker also leads to the establishment of, or reestablishment of, trust. Our program connects residents of the community with bankers who provide a detailed road map to financial stability. Additionally, financial literacy workshops teach program participants to develop efficient household budgets, create savings plans, manage debt, formulate strategic investment decisions for themselves and their families, and avoid common pitfalls such as predatory loans. Because of COVID-19, we created a virtual model to deliver this crucial information, which we call Meet the Banker 2.0.
The Central Florida Urban League (formerly known as the Metropolitan Orlando Urban League) was founded on August 5, 1977 and chartered as a national organization on May 28, 1978. An affiliate of the National Urban League, our chapter was created by respected community leaders who believed that Orlando’s African-American community would benefit from professional, economic, and social support. Today, more than 40,000 residents have benefited from our various empowerment programs.
The National Urban League was founded in the early 20th century to assist African-Americans in the Northeast who had fled the segregationist South, only to discover that racial discrimination has no geographic boundaries. Its first agency opened in 1910 in New York City and is headquartered there today, leading the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research, and advocacy. Today, there are more than 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, directly impacting the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.
Pine Hills Service Center:
Central Florida Urban League
2804 Belco Drive
Orlando, FL 32808
Church Street Service Center:
Central Florida Urban League- Church Street
595 W. Church Street, Suite J
Orlando, FL 32805
Education and Training Center:
Central Florida Urban League- Education and Training Center
2610 Orange Center Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32805