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Verb. (1) To speak, plead, write or argue in favor of, (2) to recommend publicly.

Central to the work of the New York Urban League is advocating for equal access to educational and employment opportunities for all New Yorkers.   In order to meet our mission, we provide individuals an opportunity to work as a collective on issues of concern in the areas of education and employment.  Members of the community are invited to join us for training, trips to the city, state or federal legislators, and ongoing work with our Educational Policy Committee.

Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund

In spring 2014, the Hispanic Federation (HF), Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) and New York Urban League (NYUL) formed an alliance to provide capacity-building support to Black, Latino and Asian-led community-based organizations (CBOs) throughout New York City’s five boroughs. These three organizations, along with the Asian American Federation and Black Agency Executives, developed this initiative to generate new levels of support for the city’s organizations. As a result, in a historic vote earlier this year, the New York City Council allocated $2.5 million for the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF).

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Educational Policy Committee

Mission Statement

The purpose of the New York Urban League Education Policy Committee is to advocate for the civil rights of all children to have high-quality public education that prepares them for college, work, and life. The committee shall:

  • Examine education policy and interpret for members, parents, and the greater community
  • Educate and influence policy makers on effective and successful education policy
  • Mobilize and train parents and other caregivers to advocate for our communities’ children



The primary work of the committee includes, but is not limited to, attending educational forums and  group meetings with elected officials, helping facilitate NYUL workshops or events and monitoring educational issues in the media for comment.  The committee is comprised of current and former educators, parents, community members, and members of our Young Professionals’ affinity group.   Members of the Education Policy committee work directly with the Office of the President and meet the last Thursday of the month at the NYUL Office in Harlem.



  • Interest and willingness to hear directly from leading voices in the educational arena
  • Willingness to commit to a shared set of educational priority items
  • Attend monthly meeting of Educational Policy Committee. Committee members are expected to lend their expertise and work to engage their networks in the Committee.
  • Attend existing education coalition or meetings hosted by colleges, universities, or the Department of Education and represent the Education Policy Committee
  • Help organize NYUL meetings of community stakeholders, track existing educational media
  • Attend educational gatherings locally or in Albany
  • Serve as member of Core Team of Facilitators on Common Core


How to Join

If you are interested in joining our Educational Policy Committee, please contact



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Black, Puerto Rican, and Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend – Albany, NY – Annually in February


The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. (The Association) is comprised of legislators of color in New York State.  The Association hosts an Annual Legislative Conference in  February in Albany, New York, that brings together community, union, educational and thought leaders.  This annual statewide event allows the Association to raise scholarship funds for the educational advancement of African American, Hispanic, and other minority youth as well as share their policy agenda.


National Urban League Legislative Policy Caucus – Washington, D.C. – Annually in Spring

The National Urban League Legislative Policy Conference is where Urban League CEOs and supporters gather to press elected leaders for solutions to create growth and opportunity.  The event provides an opportunity for attendees to engage face-to-face with key congressional leaders, federal officials, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus.


Educational Policy Committee – Advocacy and Common Core Standards Training

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Interested members of the Education Policy Committee have the opportunity to participate in four hours of training in advocacy and campaign building.  These skills will be applied to conversations and trainings with parents and other stakeholders on common core learning standards and assessments.