Breaking Down Barriers with Community Youth is taking place this Saturday!
In partnership with the Florida Office of the Attorney General, the activity will involve interaction with community youth on various levels including law enforcement, civic engagement, and others.
The Central Florida Urban League has partnered with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) to host an interactive presentation about local, federal, and state laws with youth as well as interactive scenarios designed to help them with interacting with law enforcement.
The Florida Youth Club, focused on advocating youth civic engagement, will be on hand to share information. Additionally, a representative from Aspire Health wraparound services will provide information on youth mental health awareness.
The incredible work of the Central Florida Urban League's Center for Working Families was acknowledged recently by Fifth Third Bank when the CFUL was awarded a "Strengthening Our Communities" grant in the amount of $25,000.
Fifth Third Bank recognized the impactful Meet the Bankers program, an ongoing initiative that the bank piloted with the CFUL in 2016. These funds will be used to expand the Meet the Bankers program and continue to support financial stability initiatives in the community.
The Meet the Bankers program pairs unbanked individuals with representatives from the banking industry. Through one-on-one meetings, hosted by the CFUL, these individuals have the opportunity to address their financial questions and concerns with industry professionals as well as establish a financial plan for their future. Meet the Bankers is a cornerstone in the CFUL's Center for Working Families, which also encompasses homebuyer education and financial workshops to assist with financial planning and move individuals towards the dream of homeownership.
The grant was presented to President and C.E.O., Glenton Gilzean Jr. and Khori Whittaker, C.E.O. of Lighthouse Academies, Inc. and CFUL Board Member, from Gregory L. Dryden, City President, Orlando, Esther Marshall, Vice President, Community & Economic Development and David Call, Regional President, Florida.
The Fifth Third Bank fund awards grants to designated nonprofit programs that support homeownership, affordable housing, small business development and financial stability for individuals and families. Programs in these areas strengthen and stabilize our communities and make them a better place to live, work and thrive.
Alongside local law enforcement, clergy and community leaders, the Central Florida Urban League is proud to launch Operation Ceasefire: Pine Hills on Tuesday, January 30 (2 p.m.) at the Experience Christian Center (5329 Indian Hill Road) in Pine Hills.
Operation Ceasefire is a community-led initiative meant to curb gun violence in Pine Hills through early intervention and mentoring that encompasses community leaders, social services and law enforcement.
Following the launch, the outreach begins immediately with the first community walk (3 pm).
“The Central Florida Urban League is committed bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and C.E.O. of the Central Florida Urban League. “The ultimate goal of this initiative is to reduce gun violence by at least 30 percent over five years. This program is a coordinated effort to change the behavior of those most at-risk through positive reinforcement and a strong, visible support system."
Operation Ceasefire: Pine Hills is a multi-faceted program that will be rolled out in stages, beginning with the monthly night walks. The goal of these walks is to monitor and foster greater engagement with individuals whom are most at-risk. As the program is fully implemented, targeted individuals will receive personalized outreach from the CFUL Street Outreach team. Once receptive to the CFUL's overtures, they will be assigned a case manager and a mentor to work with them on improving their situation.
As Central Florida continues to recover from Hurricane Irma, on Friday, September 29 (11 am – 2 pm), the Central Florida Urban League will be serving as a central location for residents to obtain assistance.
The public is invited to the Central Florida Urban League office (2804 Belco Drive) in Pine Hills to meet with representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson as well as State Representatives Kamia Brown (District 45) and Bruce Antone (District 46). Furthermore, officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida Department of Children and Families and the Small Business Administration will be on hand as well.
“We are coordinating this event to ensure that residents have access to all the resources and disaster assistance they need to expedite their recovery efforts,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr. President and C.E.O. of the Central Florida Urban League. “Disaster assistance can help with home repairs, replacement of household items, loss of employment, obtaining business loans and grants, SNAP benefits and securing temporary employment.”
The CFUL Young Professionals have begun an ongoing effort to collect clothes and non-perishable goods for those in need.
Please bring anything you can to our office: 2804 Belco Drive in Pine Hills.