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, please contact:

Gavin Taylor
Director, Financial Opportunity Center
973-624-9535 x275

Tanya Matthews
Financial Coach
973-624-9535 x273


Basic Principles of Money Management
Every 1st Wednesday
3-4pm EST
Meeting ID: 818 9768 9347
Passcode: 361333
Financial Aid: Paying for College
Financial Literacy
Introduction to Investing
Steps to Starting a Business
Credit Building Basics
Final Expenses & Burial Planning


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 monthly seminars in the 2024 series:

Note: all seminars require registration and are held on Wednesdays.

MAY 2024

Your Social Security Benefits
May 22nd from 10am - 11am EST (Zoom)
This seminar will cover important topics like the basics of Social Security and how to enroll, retirement income needs, strategies to maximize your Social Security income, and more.

Healthcare in Retirement
May 22nd from 1pm - 2pm EST (Zoom)
This seminar will cover important topics like understanding healthcare costs in retirement, the ABCs of Medicare, strategies to cover healthcare costs, and more.

JUNE 2024

Retirement & Insurance Planning in your 50's and 60's
June 5th from 1pm - 2pm EST (Zoom)
This seminar will cover important topics like understanding cash flow, investing and protecting your assets, estate planning, and more.



Creating Black Wealth: The Pursuit of Being Financially Free 
Financial freedom starts with the right tools and embracing a money mindset to build wealth.  These financial building blocks include: budgeting, understanding debt, saving, investing and legacy planning.

Prudential Pathways: A Financial Wellness Series
A 3-part series of engaging financial wellness seminars.  These easy-to-understand seminars are designed to teach attendees how to best manage their financial house in all areas related to financial wellness.

Fundamentals of Wills, Trusts, & Powers of Attorney
In this session, we will discuss best practices for ensuring your assets are distributed as you wish and to who you wish.

Retirement Strategies for Women
This session provides retirement planning steps for women so they can have the savings to live the life they imagine in retirement.


Free Tax Preparation

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an IRS sponsored program, designed to provide FREE tax preparation for families making $60,000 or less.  Every year, the Urban League of Essex County trains and certifies volunteers, through the IRS Link and Learn Certification process, to become tax preparers and provide FREE tax preparation services to our community.  VITA/TCE services are not only free, but they are also a reliable and trusted source for preparing tax returns, because all VITA volunteers who prepare returns must take and pass tax law training that meets or exceeds IRS standards.  This training includes maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of all taxpayer information.

In addition to requiring volunteers to certify their knowledge of the tax laws, the IRS requires a quality review check for every return prepared at a VITA/TCE site prior to filing.

Please contact us at 973-624-9535 Ext. 273 for additional information.

In partnership with: United Way of Greater Newark


SNAPS Steps to Success

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 
New Careers in Green Energy
Become an AmeriCorps Member

For more information:

Alice Frazier


Financial Opportunity Center + Workforce Development

973-624-9535 x267


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