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Diversity Practices That Work:
The American Worker Speaks

For more than 40 years, corporations across the nation have invested a great deal of energy and resources in the area of diversity. Today diversity is not only part of the culture of many corporations but a core business strategy as well. Yet the business community has struggled to develop a meaningful measure of the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion programs.  We believe this report is the most comprehensive study to date of employees’ attitudes regarding programs and policies designed to foster diversity and inclusion. By determining what employees value and appreciate, the National Urban League hopes to provide some frequently requested guidance to American businesses that are looking not only to do the right thing but to do it the right way.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car funded this study.
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Adult Employment Programs

Workforce Development Department
Our Workforce Development Department works with hundreds of local businesses, agencies, and governmental bureaus. We provide workshops and job placement assistance to individuals throughout NE Ohio. Free access to job postings, computers, and annual Career Fairs are also offered. For more information, attend an open house/informational session held the first and third Thursdays of each month at 2:00pm at the Akron Urban League.

A schedule of upcoming job readiness workshops can be found here.

A program especially tailored to assist persons with a misdemeanor or felony in finding and maintaining stable employment. The program includes an extensive screening process (i.e. criminal background checks, drug screening, etc.) before ex-offenders are admitted to participate in our job readiness-training course. During this time, case managers assist clients in overcoming barriers to employment, while employment specialists work with a host of organizations to identify
potential job opportunities. For those participants currently on parole, the Akron Urban League and the Adult Parole Authority have partnered to waive monthly for supervision fees for transitions participants who successfully complete the Transistions program job readiness training.  Monthly supervision fees will also be waived for those participants who regularly meet with Transisition program Case Managers and Employment Specialists. 

For more information, attend an open house/informational session held the first and third Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm at the Akron Urban League.

Career Clothing Bank
Adults are encouraged and empowered to “dress for success!”   The Akron Urban League’s Career Clothing Bank provides office appropriate clothing and accessories (up to 6 articles of clothing, including one suit) for job interviews and new or current careers.  Clothing items have been donated to the Akron Urban League and are FREE OF CHARGE.

Career Clothing Bank Hours:
1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.     2cd & 4th  Thursday of each month 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
For more information, call 330-434-3101.

(Criteria:  You must:  1.  be seeking a job or employed;  2.  show photo ID;  3.  wait 3 months before utilizing this service again;  4.  complete an AUL application and survey.)

Akron Urban League Diversity Career Fair
Don't miss this opportunity to come face to face with local and national companies in search of diverse, qualified potential employees.  Click here for a 2014 Employer Registration Packet more information, call 330-434-3101. 

WebCheck (background check and electronic fingerprinting service)
National WebCheck is a fingerprint-based applicant background check system that was developed to support the electronic processing of criminal background checks at State and Federal levels for applicants in the State of Ohio.

The WebCheck System allows access to a secure, Web-based application that resides at Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI). Authorized individuals submit fingerprint-based searches via the Internet to run them against the State of Ohio and/or FBI criminal record database.

Need a background check in order to get that job?  The Akron Urban League has the latest technology to start your process.  The cost for BCI is $32.00, FBI is $34.00, and BCI/FBI is $55.00.  Contact 330-434-3101 to schedule an appointment.


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