October 30, 2012
Dear Friends & Colleagues.
2012 has been a very busy year, and a very good year for the Urban League of Greater Madison. As we've concluded our 3rd quarter of the year, we want to share with you a snapshot of the progress we've made thus far. The data below is for the period ending September 30, 2012. We will share our fourth quarter results in our end-of-year report in January 2013.
In 2011, we served 463 adults through our workforce training and employment services. This year, as of September 30th, we have served 1,249 (un-duplicated) adults - a 270% increase over the number served in 2011. We've served 487 adults through our Foundation's Work Readiness Academy, with more than 50% finding employment, and another 552 who utilized our Work Smart Access Point computer lab and services.
We also launched our Featured Employer Job Seminars in July. By the end of third quarter, 434 men and women (224 Urban League Workforce Academy members and 210 non-members) attended job seminars featuring American Girl, Greater Madison Area Society of Human Resource Professionals, Madison Metropolitan School District, UW-Madison and Target Corporation. More than 60 people have secured employment through these seminars. We expect this number to grow substantially during the 4th quarter as employers continue to interview applicants and additional seminars are scheduled. Learn More
We closed out the 2011-12 school year having recruited 853 volunteer tutors who provided tutoring to 1,984 (unduplicated) students attending 18 middle and high schools in the Madison, Middleton, Oregon and Sun Prairie School Districts through the Schools of Hope Program. Our school-based tutor coordinators, volunteers and students are off to another great start this year. Learn More
By September 30th, 98 students had completed our ACT College Readiness Academies, adding an average of 2 points to their composite ACT score. More than 100 additional students were enrolled in Academies and will finish and take the national exam in October. Enrollment in the College Readiness Academy includes 30 hours of test-taking strategies, practice tests, college advisement and individualized coaching. The academy is free to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. There is a sliding-scale fee for those who do not meet those guidelines. A website specifically focused on our Academies is under construction. Learn More
In January 2013, we will launch the new Urban League Scholars Academy at Sennett and Toki Middle Schools, in partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison School Community Recreation (additional partnerships are being formed). The Scholars Academy will help young men and women thrive in middle school and prepare them to succeed in rigorous college preparatory courses in high school. It will also assist participating schools with developing a college-going culture among students before they reach 9th grade. The Scholars Academy will serve 80 sixth graders who are most at-risk of underachieving in middle school. Read more
We've partnered with the Literacy Network, providing them with space in our building twice per week to conduct English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for South Madison residents who are English Language Learners. The classes have been well attended. Learn More About the Literacy Network
Workplace Diversity & Leadership
We hosted our 2nd Annual Workplace Diversity & Leadership Summit in May 2012. In 2011, 275 people attended. This year, 386 people attended and we held a special session for 13 CEOs of major companies in the Madison area. Additionally, we've recruited a total of 32 CEOs to work with us and the Madison Area Diversity Roundtable to develop a strategic plan for improving workplace diversity in our region. And, we have partnered with Thrive, our regional economic development partnership, to lead the development of a specific action plan for Advancing Regional Cooperation, Leadership and Diversity as part of their new Advance Now Strategy.
We launched the South Madison Promise Zone (SMPZ) Initiative in collaboration with a number of community partners, leaders and residents. The primary objective of SMPZ is to transform South Madison into a community of opportunity with strong systems of family and community support, and a healthy economic infrastructure to work in tandem to prepare all children to succeed in school and life. The Zone comprises three South Madison neighborhoods: Bram's Addition, Burr Oaks and Capitol View.
SMPZ's Community Engagement Team interviewed more than 700 residents and secured more than 460 surveys. SMPZ staff have since published a first draft of the SMPZ Community Assessment Report and the final report will be available to the public next month. For additional information, watch a news video on the initiative by clicking here and view the project summary by clicking here. A Facebook page has been created and the initiative's website will be completed and launched later this year.
We, our Board of Directors and staff thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you this year to further expand our community partnerships, empower more children and families, and strengthen the Greater Madison community.
Russell Betts Kaleem Caire
Chair, Board of Directors President & CEO
Contact Us for More Information
Administration & Investor Relations: Keetra Burnette, Chief Operating Officer, 608-729-1235
Economic Development & Workforce Initiatives: Mark Richardson, Vice President, 608-729-1265
Education & Learning: Nichelle Nichols, Vice President of Education & Learning, 608-729-1218
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO: Deb Mohr, 608-729-1249
Budget & Finance: Jim Horn, Chief Financial Officer, 608-729-1210
South Madison Promise Zone: Peng Her, SMPZ Director, 608-729-1229
Special Events & Communications: Janice DesChenes, Interim Director, Marketing & Communications, 608-729-1208