Workforce Development

About the Program

Workforce Development delivers employment services to individuals and families to encourage economic self-sufficiency through career counseling, job placement, retention and advancement.

How We Help

Working families have experienced an increase in the cost of living, while wage growth has failed to keep pace. A significant number of employers have outsourced labor to emerging markets, creating a rise in unemployment. The Workforce Development division collaborates with the affiliate network to assist individuals and families to become economically self-sufficient. In addition to providing job placement opportunities, the departments work with affiliates to understand local, state and federal legislation, regulations and public policies.

Signature Programs:

Mature Worker Program (MWP) is funded by the Department of Labor (DOL), serving low-income and employed persons who are 55 years and older. The goal is to increase the number of full and part-time mature workers in the private sector by fostering opportunities in community service agencies and providing job training, placement and employment retention services.

Urban Youth Empowerment Program (UYEP) prepares youth, ages 18-24, for entry into the world of work through a comprehensive set of services including: case management, community service with faith-based organizations, mentorship, internships, occupational skills training, personal development and unsubsidized and/or postsecondary employment.

Partnership Initiative:

The Wal-Mart Workforce Investment Demonstration Project (WIDP)The Wal-Mart Foundation has awarded 10 Urban League affiliates with a five-year grant to create and enhance workforce development activities. These activities include: support for career centers, employment and job readiness training services for community residents. The grant allows participants to promote partnerships between local affiliates, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and other local businesses to benefit minority community interests.