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The Urban League of Greater Madison is transforming Greater Madison into the Best Place in the Midwest for everyone to LEARN by building a pipeline of high quality cradle to career educational services that impact the entire family, eliminate the achievement and education gaps, move all children towards high performance, and prepare youth and adults for post-secondary and career success.

The Urban League is one of Dane County’s largest providers of programs aimed at increasing student achievement in core academic areas and preparing them to realize their college and career dreams. Serving more than 2,000 youth annually, our programs offer school-based academic tutoring, college preparation, career exposure, youth leadership skill development, employment skills training, career awareness internships, scholarships and much more.

Scholars Academy
The Urban League Scholars Academy helps prepare middle school students for a rigorous college preparatory program when they enter high school. The Academy is designed to instill excellence, pride, leadership and service so that young men and women have the foundation that they need to realize their academic goals and be successful in high school and beyond. The Academy provides academic support, enrichment, and physical activity in a 2-hour extended school day format, support for Scholars during the regular school day, and support and engagement of Scholars’ parents. The program currently operates at Toki and Sennett Middle Schools in Madison. during the first and second semesters of the 2013-2014 school year.

Schools of Hope
One-on-one and small group academic tutoring helps prepare youth for algebra and expand their post-secondary educational options. As a key part of the United Way’s Agenda for Change, the Schools of Hope program operates in 12 middle schools 3 Dane County school districts.

21st Century Careers Program
A key strategy for exposing low-income, first-generation college students to the importance and accessibility of higher education. Through a comprehensive curriculum youth receive academic support, explore college and career options, visit college campuses, and learn job skills and career pathways through summer career awareness internships. The 21st Century Careers Program operates in 4 Madison and 2 Sun Prairie Middle Schools.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Young Person Breakfast
A community celebration that promotes academic achievement, leadership, and community service by recognizing area youth with MLK Scholarships, Madison Metropolitan School District's Mann Scholar Awards, and Outstanding Young Person Awards.

ACT College Readiness Academy
The Urban League ACT Prep Academies help students realize their college aspirations by increasing their performance on the ACT exam. Our academies provide:

  • ACT preparation from certified instructors
  • Practice exams and strategies for test taking
  • help understanding how to interpret and use your score
  • help navigating the admissions & financial aid application process

Youth Resource Centers (a partnership with MSCR)
Through a collaborative arrangement with MMSD’s School-Community Recreation Department, ULGM helps operate Youth Resource Centers in 7 MMSD schools. Each center serves hundreds of children daily by providing homework and special interest clubs, leadership development opportunities, and recreational activities during the high-risk after school hours.

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