Honoring Our Heroes

ORLANDO, JUNE 1, 2016 – The Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) and the youth of Orange County will be coming together to honor local members of the law enforcement community on Friday, June 3 (11:30 am to 1 pm) at the Citrus Club (255 South Orange Avenue).

Local youth were asked to nominate members of the law enforcement community whom have made a significant impact on their lives. After receiving the nominations, a committee selected seven individuals: six nominated by the youth and one by the Central Florida Urban League, whom will each be presented with a special honor during Friday’s luncheon.

 While these nominees are aware that they are being recognized on Friday, they do not know who nominated them for this special honor, ensuring that the will be surprised by seeing first-hand how they truly impacted the youth of Orange County.

“We wanted to showcase that the police officers in our community are doing extraordinary things. We received an overwhelming number of nominations, truly demonstrating that there is so much good being done by law enforcement,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “Honoring Our Heroes is just one of many initiatives that the CFUL has organized with the goal of bridging the gap between our community and law enforcement.”

The CFUL would like to thank: the City of Orlando, the Walt Disney Company, Orange County Public Schools, the Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Brighthouse Networks, Orange County and the Florida Office of the Attorney General for their support of this initiative.


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ORLANDO, MAY 13, 2016  The future leaders of our community are set to come together from June 10 to 12 at the Rosen Centre Hotel (9840 International Drive) for the 4th Annual Florida Young Professionals Retreat.  

This annual retreat brings together the five Florida-based chapters of the Urban League Young Professionals (ULYP) for a weekend of community service, professional development and networking.  

Guided by the theme of Create Your Own YP Magic, the weekend will focus on encouraging and empowering young professionals to do the work that it takes to create the magic that they desire in their lives. During this retreatattendees will get the chance to enhance their personal and professional skills through a variety of workshops with influential community leaders. 

These retreats have really made a difference in my life and overall perspective,” said Jasmine Burney, President of Central Florida Urban League Young Professionals. This is an opportunity for young professionals across the state to come together, learn, grow, and develop a stronger bond in the movement. I have had the chance to make lifelong friends and I am forever grateful for that opportunity.” 

This retreat is open to all young professionals in Florida. Membership in the Urban League is not a requirement. To learn more or to register, please visit: http://ypretreat.wix.com/2016 or contact Neasha Hodge at cfulyp.ppd@gmail.com or Kristin Fulwylie, Vice President of the CFUL YP at: ypvp@cful.org or 407-274-5127.


ORLANDO, APRIL 27, 2016 – The Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) applauds the implementation of reforms by the Orlando Police Department (OPD) that will address the use of excessive force.

“We have been working very closely with Police Chief John Mina and the OPD to strengthen the trust between law enforcement and our community,“ said Glen Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “This announcement represents a significant step forward in bridging the gap that exists.”

In March, the CFUL participated in Coffee With A Cop, an event that brought together police officers, including Police Chief Mina, with citizens for a friendly conversation over coffee. Events such as this will be held once every three months to ensure that the relationship between the OPD and the community continues to strengthen.

“Our community truly appreciates the efforts of Chief Mina and Chief Administration Officer Byron Brooks in addressing the concerns of our community,” added Gilzean. “Safety should be the top priority for both citizens and officers.”

On June 3rd, the CFUL will be Honoring Our Heroes. The first-annual event will recognize members of the law enforcement community whom have gone over and above to make a difference in the lives of local youth. Every individual to be recognized at the event will be nominated by local youth.  

500+ Jobs to be Filled as Central Florida Urban League Partners with CVS Health

ORLANDO, MARCH 25, 2016 – With a massive investment in the Central Florida market, CVS Health, the parent corporation that operates 7,800 pharmacies throughout the Untied States has reached out to the Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) to fill more than 500 job vacancies for the positions of Clerk/Cashiers, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Supervisors, Pharmacy Technicians and Customer Service Reps.

Through the CFUL’s many programs, including their job training and financial literacy initiatives, the CFUL will be working with CVS Health to ensure that interested individuals receive the necessary information and training to potentially qualify for these vacancies. 

“Our partnership with CVS Health is directly in line with our commitment to Central Floridians,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the CFUL. “Our role within the community is to ensure that we create systemic changes. The first step in this process is to help the unemployed and underemployed by providing them the resources they need to build a better life and CVS Health has enabled to help more than 500 Central Floridians achieve this goal.”

Benefits for CVS Health employees include: Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance, Free MinuteClinic Health Screenings & Immunizations, a 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Program and much more.

CVS employs over 200,000 individuals in the United States in its 7,800 Retail Stores, 970 MinuteClinics and 10 Corporate Offices. Annually, the pharmacy fills over 1 billion prescriptions.

For more information, please visit: http://jobs.cvshealth.com/orlando-jobs



UPS Contributes $7,500 to Central Florida Urban League

ORLANDO, MARCH 24, 2016 – With a contribution of $7,500 to the Central Florida Urban League (CFUL), UPS and the UPS Foundation have truly shown Central Floridians that Brown can truly do something special for you.

 In line with the UPS Charter, which ensures that the company not only maintains sustainable business practices, but also contributes to the communities in which they serve, the donation will directly benefit Central Floridians through the diverse programming provided by the CFUL.

“It is always special when a large corporation such as UPS gives back to the community,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr. President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “While the financial contribution is significant, we equally appreciate the example that UPS is setting for their employees and the business community as a whole. I cannot thank them enough for supporting our organization and our efforts to empower Central Floridians.”

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Coffee with a Cop a Success

ORLANDO, MARCH 9, 2016 – Healthy conversations and the aroma of fresh McDonald’s coffee filled the air recently as the Central Florida Urban League and the Orlando Police Department held the first in a series of Coffee with a Cop initiatives.

More than 50 people were in attendance at the McDonald’s on Colonial Drive for the opportunity to have an open and honest conversation with law enforcement. The event allowed for a two-way conversation, giving citizens a chance to discuss issues important to them as well as for police officers to share their thoughts and feelings with the community.

In addition to a number of officers, Chief of Police John Mina was also on hand, leading the way as his department attempts to create relationships and build inroads within the community.

“There is a lot of distrust of law enforcement within our community and Coffee with a Cop is the first step in building trust and improving relationships,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “This will take time and effort, but the only way to make a tangible difference and bring both parties together is by giving citizens this opportunity to engage with officers in a friendly and casual environment.” 



ORLANDO, FEBRUARY 5, 2016 – The Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) is proud to honor a number of individuals and corporations at the fourth annual Cornerstone Awards & Gala on Saturday, February 6 (6:30 p.m.), at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel (9939 Universal Blvd) in Orlando.

The annual event recognizes individuals and corporations whom have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values that the Central Florida Urban League holds dear. 

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ORLANDO, FEBRUARY 3, 2016 – The Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) is marking Black History Month by looking to the future, one that the organization strives to ensure is as bright as ever for the African American community in Central Florida.  

“Black History Month is a time to celebrate and honor African Americans and their incredible contributions to all aspects of society – both past and present,” said Glen Gilzean, Interim President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League.  

“The mission of the Central Florida Urban League is to empower African Americans with the necessary tools to rise above any and all struggles and challenges they faceOn a daily basis, we provide the support needed to ensure that they have full control of their future. This month serves as a beacon of hope for our youth as we remember the past and look to the future, one ripe with unlimited potential, added Gilzean. 

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Congratulations to our Cornerstone Awards & Gala Award Winners!