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

by Arva Rice

Arva Rice

Dear NYULYP Community,

By the time you all receive this month’s letter you will have selected new leadership of the New York Urban League Young Professionals.  Congratulations to the new President Chad Roberson and Vice-President Erika Beckles and to all who ran.  I look forward to working with Chad and Erika in their new leadership roles.  The work of the 2013-2014 executive board has been truly exemplary.  They have set a new bar for strategic partnerships, community service, contribution to the affiliate and the value of being a member of Young Professionals.

Just like any effective leader, the work of this board has been built on the efforts of the leaders that came before them from DeShele Dorsey and Quiviya Williams to Rahshib Thomas and Jemar Ward.  Collectively they created the Young Professionals, engaged members, formalized service and built networks that survive and thrive to this day.  Each President has built on the work of their predecessor, growing and strengthening this important body and contributing to the great work of this local affiliate.

But alas there is more work to be done.   In a few weeks we will recognize this year’s class of Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholars and each one will need a mentor.  Our summer NEXT Academy will once again teach middle schoolers and their parents about JAVA coding.  We are looking for tech focused firms to host field trips and guest speakers.  I hope to see many of you in Ohio in August for our national conference.  And before the summer is really over, we will be in preparation for our Annual Football Classic.  Our work continues and with your continued partnership I know we will be successful!

I do not often have a moment to say this out loud; so to Jemar Ward, Chadwick Roberson, Cynthia Malave, Jennifer Pierre, Olubunmi Awofeso, Dara Marsh, Jasmine Humphrey, Erika Beckles, and Alyssa and Khandyce Menard there will be others who will take your positions but no one will take your place.  Thank you for your service.



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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