Our Why

We have the privilege to help empower and uplift Summit County citizens. We do it because community is everything! Helping shape and elevate Akron is our passion.

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Mission Statement

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.

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Our vision is to become the anchor of collaborative services known for transforming and repositioning Summit County citizens. We strive to pull individuals and families out of generational poverty and into self-sufficiency and economic independence.

Core values


To fulfill our mission by working together with determination, intention, and perseverance in pursuit of excellence. Our objective is to serve with the common goal of uniting and lifting the Greater Akron community.


We work through local, state, federal, and private partnerships to achieve excellence and bring transformative programs to Summit County.

Compassion and Respect

As ambassadors of our community, our role is to lead, listen and respond to people’s experiences with kindness. Simultaneously, we eagerly share how our programs can help achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment, entrepreneurship, wealth-building, education and community outreach.