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.

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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!

Governor Scott Appoints Glenton Gilzean to Judicial Nominating Commission

ORLANDO, JANUARY 26, 2016 – The Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) is pleased to announce that Interim President and CEO Glenton Gilzean was recently appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC). 

Gilzean was one of several candidates considered by Governor Scott. In addition to his position as Interim President and CEO of the CFUL, Gilzean is a fellow with the James Madison Institute, a program that recognizes top leaders in the state of Florida. Prior to joining the CFUL, Gilzean served as a trustee for Florida A&M University and was a member of the Pinellas County School Board.

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