The Detroit Urban League offers an array of programs and services that are designed to improve the quality of life for families. Our programs include the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition Program, Workforce Career Development Employment Services, Urban Seniors Job Program (USJP), the Project Ready/College Club, and the Digital Computer Lab.
Our College Club known as “Project Ready” increases educational opportunities for area students and assists those who are pursuing post-secondary degrees through positive, creative, and educational enrichment activities. Project Ready serves at risk, low achieving 9th through 12th grade students in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Originally organized in 1988, the program is part of our youth development initiatives and coincides with the National Urban League’s education initiatives. The program engages students in academic and life skills training, leadership development, community service learning, financial literacy training, and preparation for college and vocational training. The program also offers information to students and their parents about tuition and scholarship opportunities.
Women, Infants, and Children Food and Nutrition Program (commonly known at WIC) provides the necessary support for women to parent successfully through health-conscious and nutrition-oriented resources. WIC provides services for nearly 14,500 children and families every month including income eligible expectant mothers, breastfeeding mothers, women who recently have given birth, and infants from birth to five years old who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. WIC provides supplemental food, offers professional nutritional education, promotes breastfeeding and makes referrals based on health screening and assessment of needs.
Our Urban Seniors Job Program is a four-year program that motivates participants to enter/reenter the workforce via class training, financial literacy training, and temporary job experience. This workforce training is for low-income individuals 55 years and older living in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. After participants complete their training, they are placed with government, nonprofit, faith-based and community organizations to further develop their newly-learned skills and prepare them for future employment.
Our Workforce Career Development Center helps build a sustainable workforce by providing job seekers with the resources, tools, and training necessary to be successful. Available resources include employability skills training; career coaching, assessments, and counseling; financial education; case management; and job screening, referrals and placement. We also host specialized career and job fairs throughout the year. Individuals preparing for the job fair receive help in resume writing, employer mock interviews, recommendations, and help in searching and applying for employment.
Digital Computer Lab - Another Resource for You!
Our Digital Computer Lab provides state-of-the-art digital access for education and workforce development to those in need. This Lab provides continued learning opportunities for participants as they gain new or update their computer skills as well as discover how their newly acquired skills can access today’s digital workforce. Both young adults and mature participants are encouraged to engage in digital exploration, build skills and spark a career interest in digital technology. Use the Lab to create cover letters, update your resume, complete online employment applications, and take advantage of career assessments and pre-employment assessments. We also offer further educational opportunities through online courses via Corsera and GCFLearnfree.org.