Urban League of Broward County
The Urban League of Broward County (ULBC) was founded in 1975 with a mission to promote social and economic equality for African Americans and other disenfranchised groups. As an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans, the Urban League acts as a catalyst for change and leadership through innovative educational, social, and economic programming, research, advocacy, and partnership building. The Urban League operates over 18 programs serving approximately 7,000 individuals and families annually. The results of our programs are designed to yield the following impact:
Education: Youth demonstrate appropriate academic performance and social emotional intelligence through life skills education, tutoring, ACT/SAT preparation, academic remediation, pro-social activities, character building, and community service.
Jobs: Adults receive certified training and have gainful employment through hard and soft skills education and job development that is accessible and conducted by experts and institutions of higher learning.
Housing: Families become and remain economically secure through homebuyer education, foreclosure counseling, budgeting, money management, and small business development.
Health: Families have healthy lifestyles through access to affordable health care, maternal and infant health education, and prevention/intervention education about infectious disease, chronic disease and substances.
If we win
Winning the Humana Community Benefits grant would allow Urban League to utilize resources to galvanize a budding concept that brings community together through one common theme- health. What we know is that when our community knows better, we do better! Living Well is about communities doing better through self-management of diabetes. When education is combined with a team of champions such as Baptist Health, Winn Dixie, Glad Health and Fitness, Holy Cross and Community Churches, the community has a support network that will not allow them to fail. Living Well champions will cross promote activities and open their doors to additional services that expose and connect families to exercise classes, store tours, cooking demonstrations, and access to medical care.
While we understand that this level of community work is not easy, we know that when we include members of the community to join our efforts we will dramatically change how the community engages. That is why our strategy is to start with us convening the community and end with the community utilizing mobile technology to inform and educate a wider base of community members about healthier lifestyles. Winning this opportunity would mean that our community is empowered to reclaim their lives.