The Broome County Urban League (BCUL) is a non-profit organization serving Broome County residents for over 42 years. We provide a comprehensive range of services to adults and children, including childcare and enrichment, family support, after-school tutoring, life skills preparedness, adult literacy, technology training, and computer and Internet access via our public computer lab. We proudly serve approximately 1500 people per month at our two facilities located in a single block in the downtown area. Eighty five percent of our clientele are below the poverty level and live on federal assistance.
The mission of the Broome County Urban League is to enable African Americans, other minorities, and the poor to secure economic self-reliance, parity, and civil rights.
• Ensure that our children are well educated and equipped for economic self-reliance.
• Help adults attain economic self-sufficiency through good jobs, home ownership, entrepreneurship, and wealth accumulation.
• Ensure our civil rights by eradicating all barriers to equal participation in the economic and social mainstream of America.
BCUL is one of the 98 affiliates of the National Urban League, representing the oldest and largest community-based movement empowering the poor and minorities to enter the economic and social mainstream. The BCUL provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children, including childcare and enrichment, family support, after-school tutoring, life skills preparedness, adult literacy, technology training, and computer and Internet access via our public computer lab. BCUL serves individuals who are aged 5 to 79 years of age, with the majority of clients being in the 15 to 49 year age group. Out of the over 12,000 clients that were served in 2010, 42% fell within this age group. Of the individuals served, 75% come from a household with an annual income of less than $15,000 and approximately 58% of the families reported receiving government assistance (public assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, free or reduced lunch, etc.). Further, 89% of the individuals served live in a single-parent household or non-traditional living. Over half are grandparents or other elder relatives taking care of young children. Of these individuals, who received services in 2010, 31% identify themselves as African American, 11% Hispanic, 30% Caucasian, 4% as Asian and 24% as other.