Empowering the next generation of the youth on Long Island to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights."
"Empowering African-Americans and other disenfranchised Long Islanders to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights."
Education & Youth Empowerment
Gen NextNext Generation Leadership

Preparing young adults for local, national and global positions of leadership. Gen Next activities include business and entrepreneur mentoring programs, Internships and work readiness programs

Urban League Youth & Education Empowerment Programs in action...

              Trip to historic Sag Harbor's Whaling Museum

              Youth prepare for a "white linen" lunch at 
                       B. Smith's Sag Harbor Restaurant 

  Staffers congratulate National Achiever Society Inductees

    Youth at National Urban League Centennial Conference


Campaign for Achievement: The most significant educational program in the National Urban League network of affiliate history that positively impacts upon children and adults -- The overarching goal of the Campaign for Achievement is academic and social skill improvement for youth populations. Programmatic curriculum is comprised of three critical components to address the academic, personal and social needs of participating youth:

  • Academic Developement

  • Social Development
  • Cultural and Global Awareness


All Education and Youth Empowerment Programs fall under the auspices of the Campaign for Achievement / Project Ready, however key activities include:

College Prep Program: This program focuses primarily on low income, first generation high school juniors and seniors.  The program is designed to enable participants to reach challenging academic standards so that they enroll into college and/or remain in college through graduation.

National Achievers Society (NAS): NAS is an academic honor society recognizing the achievements of youth of color from throughout Long Island.  Annually, NAS accepts applications from Long Island youth in grades 3 to 12.  In order to receive induction into the National Achievers Society, applicants must:

Make all As & Bs in school
Be invloved in school or community service
Obtain two letters of recommendation
Submit an essay on "Why Achievement Matters"

Each year the Urban League of Long Island inducts high achieving African-American, Hispanic, and other youth of color into NAS. The NAS reduces the negative peer pressure associated with academic achievement and makes “doing the right thing” cool again.    

Project Y.A.N.G. (Yes to Achievement, No to Gangs): An anti-gang/anti-graffiti (graffiti removal) initiative operated in collaboration with the Office of Assemblyman Phil Ramos.

Summer Youth Employment & Training Program (SYETP): A summer academic and career development program.  Youth are exposed to an enriching learning environment that includes academic development, career / vocational focus, and Internship activities.  Participants 14 to 18 have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing / summer internships and earn a stipend for their participation. 

Supplemental Educational Services (SES) / Tutoring Program: Under the Federal No Child Left Behind Law the Urban League of Long Island is a certified New York State Supplemental Education Service provider. This certification allows the agency to provide free supplemental academic services (i.e. tutoring in math and English) to eligible students attending Long Island school districts listed on the Schools Under Registration Review (SURR) List.  SES / Tutoring services are also available at a low-cost, fee-for-service rate to all other interested youth and families. 

Vocational Exploration Programs: Youth development, training, and academic/career exploration programs designed to provide career guidance, family counseling and academic enrichment to in-school youth at risk of dropping out of school.