Ms. Phyllis Nichols, Chief Executive Officer
1514 East Fifth Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
Co. Starters Youth Entrepreneurship – $5,000
The Co. Starters Entrepreneurship Program is a highly interactive experience that allows youths to explore the world of business. Program components includes researching business ideas, business plan development, business ethics, coding, guest speakers and behind the scenes tours. Program sessions are held monthly, during school breaks and an institute held during the summer.
Housing Program – $65,000
The Urban League Homeownership and Foreclosure Prevention Counseling Program (Housing Program) promotes financial capacity and independence for Greater Knoxville Area residents by providing foreclosure counseling, financial education, and homebuyer education. The Housing Program positively impacts the financial stability of residents and the entire community by 1) helping individuals stay in their homes through foreclosure counseling, thereby keeping them on the property tax rolls and reducing the number of abandoned or blighted properties; 2) helping first-time homeowners prepare to purchase homes, and 3) boosting the financial capability of residents so that they are better able to participate in the economy fully and less likely to require public assistance.
Workforce and Employment Assistance – $65,000
The curriculum is designed to help participants obtain employment, build transferrable skills and secure viable careers. Knoxville Area Urban League provides individual and group career counseling, career readiness assessments, vocational rehabilitation assessments, computer instruction, resume development, job search assistance, job referrals and placement, and employer recruitment. Our curriculum emphasizes job readiness principles aimed to prepare participants to interview well, land an employment offer, and succeed on the job.
“Each year we serve over 10,000 individuals and families to become economically self-sufficient and to become productive citizens of Knox County.”
Phyllis Nichols, President and CEO