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  • 04/16/2016 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Alexandria, VA The Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals (NVULYPN) took their community service to the great outdoors this weekend as they supported the 28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup event.

    In partnership with the Alice Ferguson Foundation, the cleanup project gathers more than 10,000 volunteer throughout the region to remove close to half a million pounds of trash from the Potomac's shorelines.

    “It was very important for YPN to join the cleanup efforts today because the quality of the Potomac affects everyone in the community,” said Victoria Clark, NVULYPN’s Director of Community Service. “We are proud to help ensure that Alexandria has clean parks for families to enjoy safely.” Clark organized the event for NVULYPN and called on community organizations to make their presence known by joining the day.

    Held yearly, the project has become a decisive catalyst for progress that ignites people throughout the watershed with the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s community spirit. The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages citizens and community leaders and energizes local residents to be the change that they talk about.

    “This is actually fun. And not only are we making the area more beautiful, but we’re making it safer and cleaner for all,” Lekeisha Terrell, Director of Membership, said as she stuffed a few cans into her recycle bag.
    Many other local companies and organizations supported the event to include Black Millennials for FlintMOM's Organic Market - Alexandria, Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Inc., Exelon and many others.

    Clark says more events like this are forthcoming. “You can count on YPN's continued commitment to serving the environment.”

    Want to get engaged in community service? Contact and visit for more information.


  • 01/20/2016 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    The 5th Annual Day on the Hill event was certainly one to remember! On January 19, 2016, members from Virginia’s three affiliate chapters gathered at Virginia’s state capitol in Richmond, VA to meet with state and local delegates, gubernatorial officials, and fellow YPs to discuss the issues that matter! Valuable connections were made with politicians and among the Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals chapters. Day on the Hill events featured a breakfast with leaders, an acknowledgement from the general session floor, a tour of the capitol and Governor’s mansion, and plenty of mingling with YPs.

    Day on the Hill Pictures


  • 01/19/2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    On Monday, January 18th – the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday - NVUYPN hosted an inaugural “Unlocking Literacy” book drive in support of the men and women incarcerated at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. NVULYPN volunteers spent the afternoon collecting and arranging paperback books that focused on minority perspectives and those written by minority authors. Volunteers also penned handwritten notes to place in the books to offer inspiration to prospective readers. 

    More than 30 volunteers showed support by contributing literature and financial donations to the book drive effort. We collected 342 books today and received pledges for additional ones throughout the week; far exceeding our original goal of collecting 200 books! 

    Thank you to our volunteers and donors! Keep up the good work!

    ‪#‎JoinWeek2016‬  ‪#‎YPEmpowered‬


  • 01/18/2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    On Sunday, January 17th, the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network kicked-off our ‪#‎JoinWeek2016‬ campaign with a Praise & Graze event, which involved NVULYPN members and supporters worshipping together at a local church then enjoying an exclusive NFL Watch Party at a local restaurant. 

    Pastor Leonard N. Smith of Mt. Zion Baptist church in Arlington, VA delivered an excellent message titled, “What's in My Suffering?” that was sure to EMPOWER and inspire everyone in the sanctuary. NVULYPN was also recognized as being exemplars of SERVICE in the Northern Virginia area. What a way to start a Sunday!

    Following the church service, YPs gathered at the Mad Rose Tavern in Arlington to enjoy some good ol’ Sunday Night Football as we watched the Panthers vs. the Seahawks and then the Steelers vs. the Broncos. A good time was shared by all--in addition to the good food and even greater conversations. See you at the next event! 

    #JoinWeek2016  ‪#‎YPEmpowered‬

  • 12/24/2015 8:39 AM | Anonymous

    Alexandria, VA "Hang on to the mistletoe, YPN is going to get to know you better!" And get to know the residents of Alexandria is just what happened this month at the Annual Santa’s Winter Wonderland. 

    Sponsored by the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA), members of YPN were able to assist in providing a world class North Pole experience for hundreds of kids from all parts of the city of Alexandria – bringing Holiday songs of cheer, healthy snacks, reading books and helping kids select toys that Santa has brought just for them. 

    Led by Resident and community services Program Director, Jason Ellis, the event continues to grow in both attendance and offerings with the help of YPN and other community partners such as the Alexandria City Public Schools, the Police, Fire, and Sheriff’s Department, and many local organizations and groups have consistently provided teams of volunteers to serve the community. 

    Happy Holidays ... from the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network!


  • 12/14/2015 8:04 PM | Anonymous

    NVULYPN Gives $2,000 to Affiliate During Annual Holiday Party and Open House 

    Alexandria, VA -- It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Members of the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professional Networks (NVULYPN) truly believe that and it’s not just because the end of the year Holiday season is a great time for a party, but it also presents huge opportunities for collective giving. 

    This giving was kicked off with the Young Professionals Network making a gift of $2,000 to its affiliate, the Northern Virginia Urban League. The check was presented to Ronald Hopson, chair of the Board of Directors.

    NVULYPN’s Annual Holiday Party and Open House was held on Thursday December 10 at Northern Virginia Urban League headquarters located at 1315 Duke Street in Alexandria. In addition to an event full of food and holiday cheer, members of NVULYPN organized a toy drive to support the Marine Toys for Tots program. 

    Erikka Hamer, Director of Social Programs, chaired the holiday event and said that giving and service one of the backbones of NVULYPN. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from the community in their giving. Everything we do is for the community and it’s an honor for us this year to partner with the Marine Toys for Tots program in bringing smiles and joy to local youth.”

    The event was free and open to the public. Attendees were also given the opportunity to tour the historic Freedom House Museum, which serves as a preservation of the history of the thousands of Black men, women and children who passed through the largest domestic slave trading depot in the country.


  • 08/29/2015 11:53 PM | Anonymous

    Yesterday was a great day for Community Service! On Saturday, August 29th, we hosted our 6th annual Backpack Drive to benefit local shelters and youth programs. More than 20 youth and adult volunteers visited Northern Virginia Urban League headquarters to help with the effort.THANK YOU to those who donated and helped us pack backpacks! We were able to raise $185 for supplies and collect the following items for Homestretch Inc., the Patrick Henry Shelter, the Southgate Community Center, the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter, and INOVA Hospital:19 book bags; 216 erasers; 138 black pens; 191 mechanical pencils; 180 pencils; eight boxes of tissue; 24 individual packs of tissue; 36 binders; 39 glue sticks; 28 folders; 40 packs of paper; seven pairs of scissors; seven mini composition notebooks; 15 spiral notebooks; 116 boxes of colored pencils; 14 composition books; 23 red pens 36 packs of markers; eight boxes of crayons; 27 pairs of girls underwear; 24 pairs of boys underwear; 105 pairs of socks; 23 tank tops; 13 small bottles of hand sanitizer; 19 disinfecting wipes; 35 T-shirts; three big bottles of hand sanitizer; 8 rulers; 8 pencil sharpeners; 6 calculators; and 2 bottles glue.

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