This year, 405 BEEP classroom visits impacted almost 18,000 students.
As a signature Urban League program, BEEP serves as an articulation of the National Urban League’s mission to help African Americans attain and maintain social and economic equality. Signature programs are innovative, scalable, evidence-based and demonstrably enhance a participant’s economic or educational status, and can be easily replicated and expanded. The goal of all Urban League signature programs, beyond better outcomes for individuals and families as well as the larger urban communities in which they live, is to replicate innovation, improved standards and additional accountability.
BEEP, a campus-based program, directly addresses the NUL’s priority to ensure the academic preparation and social / leadership development of African American college students. In addition, BEEP serves an important role for its corporate and academic partners and the students it serves as:
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) benefit from engagement because BEEP provides them meaningful access to the National Urban League’s national partners in the business community, a committed cadre of executives and managers, a wealth of career opportunities for college students and a deep reservoir of in-kind resources.
For corporate participants, BEEP serves a special need. Given BEEP’s and corporate America’s shared emphasis on diversity and equal opportunity, corporations have found significant access to a wealth of promising African American entry-level talent through BEEP. Over its 44-year history, BEEP has offered corporations contact with nearly a million students, and for most of its history, BEEP has been the only program to offer such access.
The Black Executive Exchange Program is particularly unique in the comprehensive set of programs it has constructed for all the constituents involved with the BEEP – students, faculty and corporate and government presenters (known as BEEPers). BEEP has three diverse programs that form its agenda for students. These programs are designed to engage students in a variety of ways ranging from semester long courses for credit to seminars.