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Feb 11th

Minneapolis Urban League: Open letter to the community

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sgrayIt has been an honor to serve as the CEO of the Minneapolis Urban League for the last 6 months. I am impressed by the quality of the non-profit sector, the generosity of the philanthropic community, and the commitment of our board, staff, and the community we serve.   

I have spent my first few months gaining an understanding of the critical issues facing our clients, the outcomes of our current programs and initiatives, and the limitations of our funding during these tumultuous economic times. After a lengthy internal assessment, sessions with community stakeholders, and numerous conversations with our leadership team on the board and staff, the Minneapolis Urban League adopted the “Gateway to Opportunity.”  

To implement the Gateway to Opportunity, we will streamline our programs, reduce overall staff size by 4 positions, and continue at current salary levels. These changes will allow us to directly respond to the education, economic, and health challenges of the 21st Century workforce and to better position the organization for long-term growth and sustainability. This transformation will not occur overnight and over the next few months we will begin aligning our leadership and programs under the following new Gateway to Opportunity Intersections:  

Gateway to Opportunity Intersections
• Workforce Solutions Center – Trains and connects adults to emerging careers with livable wages.
• Education, College & Career Readiness - Closes the education gap by preparing youth for college and careers that lead to economic success.
• Wealth Accumulation – Educates our community on the values of saving, budgeting, homeownership and understanding how to acquire assets.
• Health & Wellness – Educates and empowers our clients to improve their physical and mental health.  

I wish we had the resources to make these changes without the elimination of some staff positions. The Minneapolis Urban League has not been immune to these troubling economic times. This transitional organizational structure will give us the time and resources to define new initiatives to better serve our constituents.

Over the next few months we will introduce more of our plans and host some community listening sessions. It is my hope that the community will continue to provide insight, financial support, and volunteer service.

Thank you for your support of the Minneapolis Urban League thus far and I look forward to working with individuals and organizations in the Greater Minneapolis Area to continue to address some of our communities’ toughest challenges.

Yours In the Movement,

Scott Gray

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