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Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan

  • Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan
  • 208 Mack Ave.
  • Detroit, MI 48201
  • (313) 832-4600
  • 1916

Program Description

The Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan (ULDSEM), is one of 90 affiliates of the National Urban League. The ULDSEM is a non-profit 501(3) organization operating since 1916. As a human services and advocacy organization, for 104 years the League has provided critical services to disadvantaged citizens, organized the unorganized and has established and promoted leadership of service to the greater Detroit community. The League has a broad based Board of Directors representing corporate, financial and service industries, as well as, representatives from government, labor and educational institutions. Staff of 40+ serve over 156,000 individuals each year. It is this history and collective pool of expertise that plays an integral part in the design and implementation of programs and strategies, which keep the League well positioned to respond to the vast needs of the community.

The League utilizes a three pronged approach to service delivery, focusing on research, service and advocacy. The ripple effect of our programs, benefit far more people than can easily be documented.


The Urban League employs multiple service strategies that are tailored to local needs, so as to implement our mission.

  • Education and Youth Empowerment: Ensuring that our children are well educated and prepared for economic self-reliance in the 21st century through college scholarships, and early childhood literacy.
  • Economic Empowerment: Empowering individuals in attaining economic self-sufficiency through job training, home ownership, entrepreneurship and wealth accumulation.
  • Health and Quality of Life Empowerment: Working to build healthy and safe communities to eliminate health disparities through prevention, healthy eating, fitness, as well as ensuring complete access to affordable healthcare for all people.
  • Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment: Empowering clients to take an active role in determining public policy and leadership in the community by participation as citizens and voters, through active community service and leadership development.
  • Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment: Promoting and ensuring our civil rights by actively working to eradicate all barriers to equal participation in all aspects of American society, whether political, economic, social, educational or cultural.
  • Services Provided

    • Career exploration and counseling/internships
    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College transition and retention support
    • Community service/service hours
    • Leadership development
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
    • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 50
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Bowling Green State University-Main Campus (2)
  • Hampton University (3)
  • Howard University (2)
  • Michigan State University (6)
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2)