News from the Chicago Urban League
Chicago Urban League Represents at NUL Conference
This week, a team of CUL staffers attended the National Urban League #SaveOurCities Conference in Columbus, Ohio. A few of the highlights included CUL VP of Housing and Financial Empowerment Margaret Wooten being recognized for 25 years of service to the League. She was pinned by Interim President and CEO Barbara Lumpkin.

CUL was also recognized for its strides in the are of Entrepreneurship. Lumpkin accepted this award on behalf of the League. On Saturday, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Jason Johnson will receive the NULYP Honors award from National Urban League Young Professionals.
College-bound CUL Students Celebrate with Trunk Party
Earlier this week, the Center for Student Development hosted a Trunk Party in celebration of more than 30 college-bound CUL students. Sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, students received a care package filled with school and dorm supplies along with personalized notes from the Chicago Urban League staff. Bank of America presented a session on financial literacy and Skadden and CUL employees participated in a panel discussion on college preparation.
CUL Partners with CTA to Create Trades and Apprenticeship Program
This week, the CUL Workforce Development Center partnered with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to host its inaugural Community Trades and Apprenticeship Program (CTAP) graduation. CTAP is an intense 6-week training course that provides skills in the construction and trades industries as well as connections to employment opportunities. Thirteen participants graduated and received a certificate of completion, a CDL permit and OSHA 10 certifications. Pictured above are the graduates, the CUL Workforce Development staff and Interim President and CEO Barbara Lumpkin (center).
CUL Students Learn about the
U.S. Constitution and their Rights
Earlier this week, CUL Center for Student Development students participated in an activity with the American Bar Association which included 20 judges from across the United States at the Loyola University Chicago Power Rogers and Smith Ceremonial Courtroom .

A discussion took place on individual rights and freedoms as designated in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. A civic program entitled  “Aliens from Outer Space” gave students the opportunity to discuss what rights they deem most important and why they should be retained. Participants were given the opportunity to ask the judges questions regarding their rights and share their personal experiences.

At the conclusion, each student was given a book that explores the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution to guide them further in their studies.
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