An education that opens young minds to a world of possibilities is a fundamental human right. For more than 50 years, the National Urban League and our Education and Youth Development division have gathered the expertise and supportive evidence to develop academic programs that address the specific social and cultural needs of young African Americans. Programs such as Project Ready and Equity and Excellence Project provide intellectually stimulating and character building educational opportunities not always found in the classroom.

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2025 Empowerment Goal:

Every American child is ready for college, work and life

Signature Programs

The Equity & Excellence Project

The National Urban League launched the Equity and Excellence project in 2010. We believe students, parents and community leaders should be involved in education reform that expands and deepens opportunities for families, fill gaps in resources for students and educators, accelerates progress, and delivers more fully on the promise of education. We believe this is possible through our seven focus areas.

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Project Ready Mentor

The guidance and support of good mentors is tied to success at every stage of life. When it comes to young people, students with mentors are more likely to be engaged, focused, receive higher grades and graduate high school to go onto college.

Project Ready Mentor helps students progress academically, socially and intellectually through enrichment opportunities, and develop important skills and attitudes with guidance of a trained mentor.

The program specifically targets 11 to 18-year-old African Americans, and other urban youth, who are particularly vulnerable to disengagement from school, community, and the workforce.

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Project Ready

Our children are part of the next generation of leaders – and as they grow into adults, they will need the necessary tools to thrive and succeed. To help them on their journey, that National Urban League founded Project Ready in 2008 to provide youth with the quality and quantity of supports, services and opportunities that are not always available in the classroom.

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