The mission of the Greater Baltimore Urban League is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Urban League advocacy and program efforts seek to level the playing field and provide all African Americans opportunities for social mobility. Focal areas include education and youth development. Founded in 1924 to help African-American migrants adapt to urban life and address civil rights challenges, the Greater Baltimore Urban League is one of 98 affiliates of the National Urban League. Its broad agenda is reflected in the range of programs offered since its inception. The organization integrated the Baltimore City Fire Department and Baltimore Polytechnic High School. In the last decade, these include after-school, youth development, job training and placement, home-ownership, and financial literacy programs.
Currently, the Greater Baltimore Urban League offers a Saturday Leadership Program to foster college and career readiness and develop community leaders and the Raymond Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship. Through its partnerships, expungement services and GED classes, tutoring and testing are offered at the Greater Baltimore Urban League. The Greater Baltimore Urban League publishes the annual "State of Black Baltimore" highlighting the social and economic conditions experienced by black Baltimoreans. The Greater Baltimore Urban League is a key cross-sector convener in Baltimore bringing together key players from the public, private, non-profit, and religious sectors to work together towards shared social justice goals. The Greater Baltimore Urban League is located at 512 Orchard Street, the oldest black-built building in the city of Maryland still standing. The original church was founded by Truman Pratt in 1837 after he purchased his own freedom.
For a century, Urban Leagues have relied on the talents and commitment to the Urban League mission of its volunteers. Current volunteer openings include:
- Volunteer to serve in a practice activity for Saturday Leadership Program (SLP) fellows to learn the step-by-step process of networking and informational interviews. No specific expertise is needed but the volunteer should hold a professional position requiring a college degree. The practice sessions are held annually from 9:30 to noon. The next date is TBA during the 2017-18 program year. Volunteers needed: 100.
- Volunteer to represent their college alma mater at the April 8, 2017 college fair open to SLP fellows and 8-12 grade youth in Baltimore. No specific expertise is missing but the volunteer should review information from their college office of admissions and enthusiastically represent their college. This event is held at the Greater Baltimore Urban League, 512 Orchard 21201. Volunteers needed: 5
- Review resumes or conduct mock interviews for SLP fellows participating in the summer YouthWorks program at the Greater Baltimore Urban League. Volunteers should have experience conducting interviews or reviewing resumes. Volunteers needed: 10
- Become a member of a Greater Baltimore Urban League Auxiliary to design and conduct the major Urban League initiatives and priority projects. Young Professionals are aged 21-40, Guild members are 41 and over. No special expertise is required, rather a wide range of transferable professional skills (e.g. project management, Microsoft Office, facilitation) are welcome. Volunteers needed: 100.