Project Ready: The award winning program of the Whitney Young Academy

Project Ready
Project Ready is a program that teaches a set of evidence based standards, plus practical tools, specifically designed for—and unique to—the Urban League movement. Its main purpose is getting African-American, and other urban youth, ready for both the college and professional world.

The program helps 8th-12th grade students make academic progress, learn from cultural enrichment opportunities and develop important skills, attitudes and aptitudes that will aid in their transition from high school and position them for post-secondary success.

Recently, Marilyn Sims, Urban League of Nebraska’s Vice President of Programs, was recognized by the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Jr.’s Center for Urban Leadership for her work with the Project Ready Program.

Ms. Sims was recognized because “her work embodies the theme and the UL Movement’s focus on ensuring that every American child is ready for college, work and life by 2025,” said Mr. Thomas Warren, President and CEO of the Urban League of Nebraska.

The theme of this year’s program was Education & Youth Development Asset Based Approaches That Make a difference. This summer students created a video detailing the history of the city of Omaha through a series of interviews with local, historical figures. Their video was featured at the 2015 Omaha Film Festival and was nominated for an award at the festival.

Their experience taught them not only about the history of North Omaha, but also gave them the opportunity to build upon skills that will go a long way in helping them to be successful in their professional and academic careers.

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