|Our History: The ULGNO YP Movement|
In October 2007, Nolan V. Rollins, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, held a historic "Young Professionals Brainstorming Session" at the Urban League Headquarters to discuss the best methods for galvanizing the skills, talents, enthusiasm and vision of young adults and engaging them in the Urban League Movement in the New Orleans metropolitan area.Â Â Led by Mr. Rollins, the group consisted of Jade Brown Russell, Damon Burns, Jason Burns, Michelle Craig, Jared Brossett, Peter Hamilton, Gary Watson, Aulston Taylor, Leigh Mogilles, James Singleton and James Hutchinson. Over the next few weeks, the leadership team met regularly to refine the structure of the organization as well as to draft its first by-laws.Â A special election was held to fill the open positions on the newly established ULGNOYP executive board.
The group continued to meet periodically to strategize about the foundation and structure of the proposed New Orleans YP chapter and to plan its official launch.Â In February 2008, the leadership team, hosted the "I AM THE MOVEMENT" Celebration, with the support of several local businesses and organizations.Â Â Over 500 talented and energized young professionals participated, and were introduced to the ULGNOYP vision.
By April 2008, ULGNOYP's membership grew from the eleven founding members to 90 strong.Â The group continues to serve to achieve its vision of empowering communities and changing lives through its many programs, initiatives and efforts.