NVUL Programs


The Guild

Young Professionals Network (YPN)


College Scholarships 



As a part of its commitment to the community, the Northern Virginia Urban League has developed an endowment fund that provides scholarships to minority and other disadvantaged students who enroll at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. 

Each year contributions from YPN members, supporters and sponsors provide scholarships to minority and other disadvantaged students enrolling in college.

STEM Education Programs & Summer Camps

The Northern Virginia Urban League has established a partnership with Smart Learning Solutions (SLS) and together have developed ASTEAM programs (Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)

ASTEAM combines aeronautics, technology, and science to cultivate the natural curiosity of students. We use a broad brush to draw students’ attention to occupations in aircraft flight, air traffic control, aviation science, engineering, and STEM related fields.  Our core competencies not only exposes students to these specialized fields, but positions them to be highly sought after by companies in need of their unique expertise.  Students explore technology and engineering solutions that appropriately apply the concepts of mathematics in order to understand and address real life issues and solve problems and/or challenges.

STEM/ASTEAM Technology Expositions

The Northern Virginia Urban League has established a partnership with Smart Learning Solutions (SLS) to provide a day of Hands-On Learning and Fun at the ASTEAM (Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) Family Carnivals. The event is Free and Open to the Public, geared to youth in grades K-12. There are stations featuring: Aviation, Coding, Robotics, LEGO Design, Cyber Security, Early Learning STEM, Creative Art, and RC Racing - Drones.  

PSAT Workshops 

SAT Prep Course 

Freedom House Museum

Operated by the Northern Virginia Urban League and located in the former headquarters the largest domestic slave trading company in the country, the Freedom House Museum preserves the story of thousands of men, women and children who passed through these walls on a harrowing journey to lives of bondage and hard labor in the Deep South to enrich slave traders and slave holders. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the property that once held slaves captive now serves to emancipate, educate, and enlighten their descendants through exhibitions, tours and outreach.


The monthly celebration of Black History that includes a tour of the Historic Freedom House Museum and discussion on varies topics of interest. We believe that Black History should be celebrated daily.

College Survival 101

College Survival 101 is YPN’s signature serve event. It is an all day, fun-filled experience with the resources, networks, support, assistance and guidance to prepare youth to be college-ready and not just college-eligible. This program is open to all high school students in the DMV area. College Survival 101 consists of workshops with themes including- academics, financial aid, social life, life skills, and parents. 

Backpack Drive

YPN hosts the Backpack Drive to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies to children in Northern Virginia. By providing them with the right tools, we help our kids succeed in school and give their parents one less thing to worry about. 

Unlocking Literacy

The mission of YPNs Unlocking Literacy program is to bring the joy of reading to underserved communities, including students, adults and members of correctional facilities, many which have very limited libraries.

The Edge

The Edge is a wealth and money management series designed to assist college students, young professionals, newly married professionals and the community at large in being financially fit.   


YPN Business Directory

YPN recognizes the importance of supporting our members both personally and professionally.  The Business Directory allows Business members to promote their businesses, services and products on our website and electronic newsletter to help their businesses to grow.


Political Forum

YPN recognizes the importance of empowering all people to take an active role in the political process. Through our annual Political Forum, YPN informs Northern Virginia residents about the issues critical to the social and economic empowerment of all people. We examine issues such as civil rights, affordable housing and workforce development. During national and regional elections, YPN invites candidates running for office to discuss their platforms and speak directly to residents about pertinent community issues. 


Housing & Financial Literacy Programs 


#FeedHungyFamilies: Fighting Food Insecurity

350,000. That is the number of food-insecure residents in Northern Virginia. According to the Capital Area Food Bank, between 12.2- 14.4 % of Northern Virginia residents, or over 350,000, have limited access to nutritionally adequate and safe food. YPN works to create different programs and activities to support Northern Virginia children and families.

YP Fit

YPN members participate in the National Urban League Young Professional (NULYP) initiative, YP Fit,  to make sure your health- physical & mental-  is a priority as you continue to serve your communities, thrive in your careers, make time for family and friends and take charge of the many personal and professional demands on your time.  Advice, activities and challenges all focused around healthy living are available.  

YPN also organizes activities, programs and workshops related physical & mental health throughout the year. 

Youth Mentoring and Leadership Development

Youth Leadership Development 

THRIVE! Mentoring Program

THRIVE is YPN’s flagship youth empowerment program, aimed at empowering youth to become contributing members of our community through character-building, self-esteem, educational, civic and social programming. YPN is partnering with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Momentum Leadership program.

Leadership/Professional Development

YPN Life University

YPN’s monthly Professional Development speaker and panel series that brings young professionals and the community together with national and regional industry experts to discuss everyday topics that affects their lives. 

Signature Events

Annual Community Service and Scholarship Awards Gala

The Crystal Ball Holiday Gala

The Crystal Ball Holiday Gala is the annual fundraising event celebrating Scholarship and Service.  All proceeds provide support for Guild sponsored youth programs.  2017 marks the 18th year for this event.  

Black Opal Awards Gala

The Black Opal Awards Gala is the annual fundraising event that provides scholarships to area high school students and directly supports organizational community programming, such as College Survival 101, the Political Forum, and the THRIVE! Mentoring Program. 2017 marks the 8th year for this event.  

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