SHENANGO VALLEY URBAN LEAGUE, INC.

SERVING THE SHENANGO VALLEY, GREENVILLE / NORTHERN MERCER COUNTY, AND GROVE CITY

AMOUNT DONATED: $1,852

The mission of Shenango Valley Urban League, Inc. is to ensure equal access and opportunity for African Americans and others in need; to empower individuals to cultivate and exercise their fullest potential. The Shenango Valley Urban League, Inc. implements its mission through advocacy, bridge building, program services and research.

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Giving Week Progress:

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $5,000

  Programs Supported by Your Donations  

Funds will support our Education Department that focuses on providing youth programming, such as the African American History & Heroes Essay Contest where more than 600 essays are received annually from 5th and 6th grade students from local school districts.

Also, the Summer Youth Apprenticeship Program, which provides students age 12-15 with employment skills through job shadowing experiences at local businesses, companies, schools and agencies, as well as classroom training. The program operates in the summer during the months of June through August SYAP participants earn stipends while:

-Developing pre-employment and employment skills
-Applying academic skills in a work environment
-Strengthening decision-making and problem-solving skills

We also provide an annual $1,000 scholarship to a local high school senior through our Frank J. Nagy Scholarship Fund to support students matriculating to higher education after high school.

  Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help  

Due to the pandemic, we received a budget cut that supported our annual Summer Youth Apprenticeship Program. A virtual SYAP program was offered anyway although with less resources because the youth look forward to participating each year.

We had to cancel 3 fundraisers during the course of the pandemic; our in person 2021 Martin Luther King Day of Remembrance Breakfast and both of our 2020 and 2021 Annual Anniversary Banquets, which is our main fundraiser for the organization. We came up with one virtual fundraiser to try to fundraiser some dollars, however canceling the three fundraisers was a greater loss.

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