"Even with our individual success, we are nothing if our community isn't moving forward," said Reginald Bean, ULCC board member at-large and 2014 winter graduation keynote speaker.
During the program that recognized 144 HVAC, Fiber Optics/Broadband, Jacob’s Ladder Job Readiness and Tech-Best graduates, Bean reflected on current themes in the news media and conversations centered in black and brown disparities. “We don’t need more conversation, we need conversion. We need action,” Bean said. “We need organizations taking action; I thank The Urban League and Dr. Graham for taking pride in reminding us that we are the opportunity generation,” he added.
With the ULCC’s Continuum of Opportunity Model for economic and social mobility, graduation reaffirms the organizations commitment to its mission. Graduation is a crucial step towards social and economic inclusion for those served by the organization. “I had been job-searching for some time with no luck,” said Lakendra Boyd, ULCC Client. I participated in the Job Readiness Program at the Urban League and received coaching in professionalism, interviewing and work ethic. With a tip from Denise [ULCC Job Coordinator], I gained employment at Church and for that I am very grateful to the Urban League.”