A Message from Arva Rice, President and CEO of the New York Urban League

by Arva Rice

Arva Rice


Dear NYULYP Community,

After an extended season of cold, wind and snow; it seems like Spring is finally here!  During this season of renewal, reflection and new beginnings, I am thrilled to find new ways to partner with the Young Professionals.  As the New York Urban League affiliate provides services to New Yorkers – scholarships, mentoring, college preparation and living wage jobs; we look to the Young Professionals to serve as mentors to our scholars, co-organizers of our Historically Black College & University Fair, outreach channels for our programs, and living examples of the what the next generation of the Urban League Movement can do – will do – indeed are doing.

In May, the Young Professionals will help us select our next class of Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholars.  You will read applications, interview scholars and help fund those scholarships through proceeds from Rebirth!  On June 19th we will celebrate this year’s class at Macy’s Terrace at Herald Square.  We invite you to join us to meet the scholars and the New York Urban League Board of Directors who are dedicated to helping the affiliate achieve its mission.  When the scholars are selected the work and dedication of the Young Professionals is just beginning.  We need you to share your personal experience with this class.  Through our MentorConnect program you can encourage and support the next generation through to graduation.  For more information on any of the above, please contact your Community Services Chair.

As you know, over 95 years ago, African-Americans migrating from southern plantations made their way to the New York Urban League to find jobs, meet the city’s decision makers and bring order to urban living.  Over the decades, New Yorkers who have come to the New York Urban League have gone on to become city officials, entrepreneurs, and policy makers. Today, we still work to bring people together, to extend our extensive network and find people jobs.  This Spring, stay tuned for new and enhanced ways for us to connect Young Professionals to each other and opportunities to interact with the City’s most influential policy and decision-makers.

Thank you for dedicating your time and talents to the New York Urban League.



About the Author, Arva Rice

Arva RiceArva Rice is President & CEO of the New York Urban League (NYUL) an organization whose mission is to enable African Americans and other underserved communities to secure a first class education, economic self-reliance and equal respect of their civil rights through programs, services and advocacy.   Prior to joining NYUL, she served as the Executive Director of Project Enterprise, an organization that provides business loans, technical assistance and peer support to New York City entrepreneurs.    Arva was selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national foundation that develops solutions to build a brighter future for children, as one of 16 leaders from across the country for its 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellows.


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