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YP Committees


The Civics & Economics (C&E) Committee is dedicated to developing, promoting, and providing tools and activities that empower and inform NYULYP members and the communities they serve. The committee focuses on empowering its members and communities in the areas of Civic Engagement, Civil Rights, and Economic Empowerment. I’m pretty sure many of us young professionals are aware of the need to be well informed as well as to inform others of these areas, especially in today’s political and social climate. From the tragedy of Trayvon Martin to the perplexing gradual repeal of voter rights and registration, to the lack of readily available information on business and home ownership, there is an increasing need for young professionals to get involved.

At the end of 2011, we were able to have an Elevator Pitch Contest for our YP Members. This event provided a forum for entrepreneurs within the fold to showcase their up-and-coming business ventures. Judges included Congressional Candidate Vincent Morgan of NY’s 15th District and Financial Guru Ash Cash. Aside from the $500 cash prize and mentorship from Ash Cash, it allowed contestants to receive some insight into what potential investors may ask or expect of their companies.

More recently, the C&E Committee hosted its 2nd Annual State of Young Black New York. This symposium focused on the issues young professionals face as they develop into leadership roles in their respective organizations and communities.  Themed on the political landscape of this election year, SOYUNY touched on topics such as career changes from the private to public sector, the health effects of work, the increasing education gap, and the media’s affect on shaping our cultural and political views.

To share your civic and economic expertise or concerns, or to learn more about these areas of interest, please feel free to contact the Civic and Economic Committee Chair, Mary Goodwin, at


The Communications Committee of the New York Urban League Young Professionals is responsible for marketing NYULYP through social media and traditional media outlets. The committee is also responsible for promoting all NYULYP events, creating content, production, and distribution of The GRIOT, and maintaining communication of all event-related correspondence to membership as well as NYULYP supporters.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the committee, please contact Lisa King, Communications Chair, at


The Community Service Committee (CSC) of the New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP) dedicates itself to coordinating volunteers to participate in service opportunities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CSC activities include initiatives sponsored by the NYUL, NYULYP, and other local organizations. In the past, we have partnered with Part of the Solution, Father’s Heart, New York Blood Center, Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), and the Department of Health in various capacities to ensure that the needs of the community are met.

Our signature programs include a backpack drive, Get Your Mind Right Body Right (health fair), and Scholar Connect (a mentorship program for the Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholarship recipients). Our goal is to support the mission of the New York Urban League and the National Urban League Young Professionals by serving members of the community.

For more information about the Community Service Committee, please contact Eric Henry at


The Fund Development committee helps to provide financial resources, through fundraising events and corporate partnerships, that will allow the New York Urban League (NYULYP) to accomplish our mission to empower and educate residents in the New York City area. The Fund Development committee also leads the planning NYULYP signature events, ‘REBIRTH!’ and ‘Bragging Rights’.

REBIRTH! honors and celebrates the essence of African-American culture and raises funds to support YP education programs and the National Day of Service.

Bragging Rights is the official pre-party that precedes the New York Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Football Classic. At this event, an outlet is provided for young professionals to network as well as be entertained.

If you would like to join the Fund Development committee or have suggestions about great fundraising opportunities, please contact the chair at


The Membership Committee (MC) acts as a liaison to individuals looking to join the NYULYP and is the gatekeeper for the retention of current members. The MC helps to excite, build, and maintain the membership of the Young Professionals who are committed to improving the communities where we live and work. The Committee’s primary activities include:

  • Welcoming new members through an informative orientation that explains the history, goals, and future plans of the NYUL and the NYULYP
  • Organizing personal and professional development workshops with acclaimed guest speakers focusing on an array of topics, from discovering your leadership potential to establishing healthy eating habits for weight loss
  • Overseeing the administrative tasks associated with membership processing, including benefit development, communicating expirations, and serving as the point of contact during general body meeting

The NYULYP seeks new or relocating members who are interested in reaching their full potential as influential community leaders while serving the constituents of the NYUL and the community at large.

This fiscal year, the committee plans to strengthen the personal and professional skills of its membership by offering a series of workshops focused on surviving change. “Let’s Talk About It” is a three-part series that will help participants learn how to control their stress, build healthy relationships at home and work, and understand the needs of aging parents.

In addition, the MC is working toward expanding benefit options for its members by building strategic partnerships with local businesses and corporate sponsors. Through these advancements, our ultimate goal is to increase the membership by 25% within the next year.

If you are interested in helping with the coordination of events sponsored by the Membership Committee, please contact the chair, Shalima McCants, at


The objective of the Programs Committee is to create, support, and collaborate on programming geared towards the development and advancement of youth and young professionals, both personally and professionally. The chair and committee work closely with the New York Urban League (NYUL) to help in the advancement of local initiatives.

The Programs Committee supports the New York Urban League in all programming, notably programs focused on education and employment. The committee consistently seeks partnerships to offer NYULYP members educational, professional and community leadership experiences and opportunities. Programs committee members coordinate and manage details for personal and professional development events offered through the New York Urban League.

Major programs include the NYUL Football Classic held in the fall. Teams normally invited to play in the Classic are from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and the event serves as one of the biggest fundraisers for the New York Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Scholarship Fund

The NYUL HBCU Fair is held annually at Riverbank State Park in Harlem. This college fair serves more than 3,000 high school students in learning about various HBCUs around the country. Students have an opportunity to learn about the HBCU experience, fund their education, and also receive on-site admissions to some of the HBCUs in attendance.

The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour in partnership with the National Urban League is a national tour in which Walgreens goes across the country to help improve awareness about living and leading healthy lives. With each stop, Walgreens helps to conduct blood pressure tests, comprehensive weight assessments, and evaluations on cholesterol and glucose.

The Whitney M. Young Scholar Connect Program is a mentoring program specifically designed for New York Urban League Whitney M. Young Scholarship recipients. In partnership with the New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP), scholarship recipients are paired with members of NYULYP for support, encouragement, and to be connected to a caring and trusting mentor throughout their college experience.