About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Akron Urban League is to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Summit County, particularly African Americans, through economic self-reliance and social empowerment.

About Us

The Akron Urban League is a non-profit social service agency, National Urban League affiliate, and United Way affiliate, which seeks to improve the economic, cultural, social, educational and recreational conditions affecting all citizens of Summit County, particularly African Americans, other minorities, and those most in need. As an affiliate of the National Urban League, it reaches nationwide audiences and partners with the other 100 affiliates making it a strong proponent for programs that can be replicated across the country.

Since its founding in 1925, the agency has sought to eliminate racial and other types of discrimination and to achieve parity for African Americans and other disadvantaged persons in every phase of life. These goals are addressed through the following:

1. Direct Services are provided to individuals and families in the areas of education, computer and business training, youth leadership, food/resource assistance and many more areas.

2. Research is conducted to study social and economic issues essential to the formulation of policies at the local and national levels and to enlarge the body of literature about Black America. This information is sent to the national organization and published annually in the journal, “The State of Black America.”

3. Advocacy is achieved for African Americans, other minorities and for the poor by speaking out on public policy issues that impact these groups.

4. Building Bridges of understanding between racial, ethnic and cultural groups is extremely important. The staff and board are interracial and promote diversity and collaborative efforts with other agencies to help build stronger communities.

Through our 2014 strategic planning process, AUL has condensed and refocused its resources and strategic priorities by implementing a new Consumer Centric Approach, which allows AUL to focus its resources on serving its ideal-consumer which is the individual looking to progress along the path towards self-sufficiency. We will concentrate on those who are underserved and able to utilize our particular services. Our services are focused on general skills-based programs including job readiness and job-placement. At AUL, we define “job” as being an employee and/or being self-employed.

A consumer-centric approach will allow all consumers/clients to utilize the most appropriate AUL service components – Consumers receive services which are individually-appropriate. Consumers who require basic needs services, which are outside of our focus, like food distribution and housing, will be tracked and referred to partner agencies that are better funded and staffed to meet those needs.  Once those needs are met, they are better prepared to utilize AUL services to propel them on their journey towards self-sufficiency


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