The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has announced a $2.5 million gift from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation and the family of Enterprise founder Jack Taylor in support of its job skills training program and centennial campaign.
The gift includes $1 million in support of the Save Our Sons program, which provides job skills training for economically disadvantaged African-American men age 17 and older, helping them gain the skills they need to find and keep good jobs and earn livable wages. Since its launch in 2015, the program has helped nearly four hundred men secure employment. The remaining $1.5 million will support the organization's Centennial Campaign, which celebrates a hundred years of efforts to promote community empowerment, economic opportunity, educational excellence and equality, and civil rights and advocacy.
"When it comes to our commitment to expanding economic mobility and workforce development through education, we've had no greater partner over the past two decades than the Urban League," said Carolyn Kindle Betz, senior vice president and executive director of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation and Jack Taylor's granddaughter. "We're honored today to celebrate the League's century of service to our community and to help the Save Our Sons program continue its tremendous record of success."
Enterprise Holdings executive chair Andrew C. Taylor is a past member of the National Urban League's board of trustees and served as co-chair of the St. Louis affiliate's other recent capital campaign, the Second Century Fund.
"Time and time again, the Taylors and Enterprise have been there for us, and we're most grateful to them for this generous gift and their longstanding support for the Urban League movement, both at the local and national levels," said Michael McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. "Here in St. Louis, they clearly share our commitment to expanding educational and economic development opportunities and making this community a better place for all."
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