Advances in technology and in changes in the nature of the work have unintentionally made finding employment for older Americans much harder. In response to these trends, the National Urban League established the Urban Senior Jobs Program (USJP), a subsidized service-based training program for low-income persons 55 years old or older who are unemployed and committed to finding employment opportunities.

Our Approach

The National Urban League meets the needs of unemployed, economically insecure seniors by preparing them for and assisting them in finding employment. The USJP encourages self-sufficiency by providing participants with useful, subsidized employment training that leads to unsubsidized employment.

Our unique approach, honed over the years, combines:

· A Close Connection with Seniors

· A Multitude of Wraparound Services

· Strong Relationships with Employers and Host Agencies

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2025 Empowerment Goal:

Every American has access to jobs with a living wage and good benefits

Our Impact

With more than 30 years of Program experience and a reputation for providing high-quality services to its communities, the National Urban League meets the needs of unemployed, economically insecure seniors by preparing them for and assisting them in finding employment.

Between 2007 and 2017, more than 1,300 USJP participants were placed in jobs.

91%

of all participants lived below the poverty level prior to entering the program

56%

of all participants lacked college education

72%

of participants placed into jobs retained employment

1. Paid Community Service Placement

2. Case Management Support

3. Individual Employment Plan

4. Job Placement and Retention

5. Virtual Career Fairs

6. Financial Literacy Training

  • Louisville Urban League
  • Pinellas County Urban League
  • Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan
  • Urban League of Essex County
  • Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Urban League of Palm Beach County
  • Urban League of Westchester County