FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER

Financial stability empowers families and builds stronger communities.

It is essential that individuals and families be able to make informed financial decisions to weather trying economic times and to plan for the future.

The Urban League of Essex County has been providing financial capability education and coaching to individuals and families for more than five years. The goal of ULEC’s financial capability program is to provide fundamental knowledge of financial staples such as best practices, credit-building initiatives, saving incentive programs, debt management and promote economic stability among the low-to-moderate income households. Financial coaches facilitate this process through workshops, seminars and one-on-one individualized client-driven sessions.

The Financial Opportunity Center has helped over 500 participants create financial goals, build better banking habits, increase net worth, establish and build credit knowledge and scores in preparation for retirement. Participants of financial literacy classes build portfolios rich with goals and priorities for building their futures. To date, more than 4,000 residents and 800 students have received this invaluable training.

For more information, or to get started on your own financial empowerment plan, contact Ms. Higgins at rhiggins@ulec.org or call 973-624-9535, x228

FREE WORKSHOPS + SEMINARS

"Take Control of Your Finances" Monthly Workshops

BASIC PRINCIPLES OF MONEY MGMT.
Every 1st
Wednesday
3-4pm EST

FINANCIAL AID
PAYING FOR COLLEGE
Every 1st Thursday
1-2pm EST

FINANCIAL LITERACY
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday
9-11am EST

INTRO TO INVESTING
Every 2nd  Wednesday
1-2:30pm EST

STEPS TO STARTING A BUSINESS
Every 3rd Wednesday
1-2:30pm EST

CREDIT BUILDING BASICS
Every 3rd Wednesday
3-4pm EST

FINAL EXPENSES / BURIAL PLANNING
Every 4th Wednesday
2-3:30pm EST

EssexCounty
prudential pathways

We hear every day that many Americans are not financially prepared for their future.  People find the financial planning process overwhelming and they don’t know where to begin.

Thanks to our partnership with Prudential Financial, the Urban League of Essex County is pleased to offer our "friends and family" a financial wellness educational series through Prudential PathwaysSM. Typically only offered to employees, Prudential PathwaysSM will provide practical, down-to-earth information that may help you and your family today, tomorrow, and beyond.  It is designed to give you an understanding of the fundamentals of financial wellness through educational seminars.

We encourage you to attend all seminars in the series, which includes:

ROADMAP TO RETIREMENT
Wed., Sep. 7
1-2pm EST

Longevity risks, pros/cons of rollover IRAs, healthcare and long-term costs and more

YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
Wed., Oct. 5
1-2pm EST

 An in-depth explanation on the retirement, disability, and death benefits of Social Security.

HEALTHCARE IN RETIREMENT
Wed., Nov. 2
1-2pm EST

What Medicare covers, out of pocket medical expenses, long term care, supplemental insurance, tips for how to pay for healthcare in retirement.

IT'S YOUR ESTATE.  ARE YOU IN CONTROL?
Wed., Dec. 7
1-2pm EST

Estate planning, taxes and how to reduce them, how to distribute your assets as you wish

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Through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Urban League of Essex County provides FREE training in phlebotomy and construction trades for recipients of SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Training Includes:
  • Hybrid Classes
  • Day & Evening Classes Available
  • Financial Literacy
  • Job-Readiness Training
  • Job Placement Services

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be SNAP recipient (Not WFNJ TANF)  
  • High School Diploma or Equivalency. 
If you currently receive SNAP or are SNAP eligible and would like FREE training in Phlebotomy or Construction, please contact one of our Financial Opportunity Center phenomenal staff for more information:
Al Qadr Camillo
973-624-9535 Ex 216
Kyneisha Williams
973-624-9535 Ex 287
Kaneesha Corbin
973-624-9535 Ex 228 

EMPLOYMENT + TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

New Careers In Green Energy

From the Urban League of Essex County and NewarkWorks

New Careers in Green Energy

Learn about job opportunities in renewable energy.  Training available for specific positions.

Targeted Opportunities include:

  • Weatherization Installer Technician
  • Quality Assurance
  • Control Inspector
  • Energy Efficiency Account Manager
  • and more...

For information: (973) 624-9535 x228

Become An AmeriCorps Member

PRE-APPRENTICESHIP IN CAREER EDUCATION PROGRAM (PACE)

ULEC - FOC PACE Woman in Construction 1
ULEC - FOC PACE Construction 1
ULEC - FOC PACE Woman In Construction 2
ULEC - FOC PACE Construction 2

Are you looking for a career in carpentry and electrical?

The Urban League of Essex County's PACE Program is a Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education program that prepares individuals for a Registered Carpentry/Electrical Apprenticeship.  This program classroom instruction covers college readiness, job readiness, and worker safety training.

Successful PACE graduates can be referred to begin a 4-year union apprenticeship in carpentry and electrical, securing an attractive benefits package and earning potential.

Other benefits include earning while you learn and employment security!

Earn four (4) industry recognized certifications:

- Fall Prevention
- OSHA 30 Safety and Health
- Confined Space
- Supported Scaffolding

Eligibility requirements: must be 18+ years old, have a valid driver's license and a H.S. Diploma or GED.

We partner with accredited businesses and institutions - Nextwave Safety Solutions, Inc., Essex County College, National Coalition of Resources (NCOR) and National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).

To find out if you are eligible to become a PACE student, please contact Al-Qadr Camillo - Email or call (973) 624-9535 x216

PRE-APPRENTICESHIP IN CAREER EDUCATION (PACE) PROGRAM GRADUATION CEREMONY - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

FREE TAX PREPARATION

FREE TAX PREPARATION HAS ENDED FOR THE 2022 TAX SEASON.  PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR 2023.

In partnership with: United Way of Greater Newark

A Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provided by the Internal Revenue Service

For more information:

Alice Frazier

Vice-President

Workforce Development

973-624-9535 x267

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