Memphis, TN—06/15/2017 –
The Memphis Urban League (MUL) recently received an additional $8,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its Project Youth Education Support Services (YESS) program. Specifically, the grant will help support a supplemental nutrition program to provide weekend meals to 200 students within the city of Memphis. MUL previously received an $8,000 grant from Bank of American in November 2016 to launch this program in North Memphis. These additional funds will further help our organization address the food insecurity challenge the students of our host schools face, by providing meals for when school is not in session.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded the Memphis Urban League funding through the focus area of Basic Needs. Bank of America states, “More than 48 million people are living in poverty in the U.S. Many low-to-moderate (LMI) income individuals continue to struggle to provide basic necessities for their families and face complex financial challenges - such as how to increase their income and reduce expenses or being forced to choose between buying food or paying for housing or medical care. So we’re focused on addressing these basic needs, including hunger, homelessness, and lack of access to benefit resources. We help nonprofit partners that assist individuals and families at their immediate point of need, as well as organizations that deliver longer-term solutions such as access to financial education and coaching. We understand that individuals and families living on the margins have many needs and we support integrated services that help them overcome barriers, develop better money habits and become financially secure.”
The goal of Project YESS is to provide academic enrichment, college preparatory, computer literacy, and youth leadership development services. It is comprised of Project Ready Middle School Transitions (PMST - middle school program) and Project Ready Post-Secondary Success (PRPSS - high school program). Ages served through PMST are 11-13 and PRPSS are 14-18 years old respectively, which aligns to students enrolled in grades 6th-12th.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, the Memphis Urban League’s Project YESS program is proud to support the youth in the city of Memphis to be ready for college, work and life. Since its inception in 2007, Project YESS has helped close the achievement gap within high-need areas in reading, mathematics, science and college acceptance.
For more information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, please visit www.bankofamerica.com. For more information about Project YESS, please visit www.memul.org.
About the Memphis Urban League
The Memphis Urban League (MUL) is an interracial, non-profit, nonpartisan, community-based organization that provides direct services and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their full potential. Primarily working with African-Americans, the underserved and economically disadvantaged, we work to close equality gaps for people at all economic levels and stages of life. Our mission is: To assist African Americans, the underserved and economically disadvantaged to expand economic opportunities and secure equality, power and civil rights. MUL provides programs and initiatives in the following areas: Workforce & Economic Development and Education & Youth Development.