Knoxville Area Urban League


Knoxville Area Urban League Minority Scholarship Program!

Scholarship award in honor of Walter Hardy, M.D. 

Our Minority Scholarship – awarded annually in a minimum amount of $1,000 to minority college students who are pursuing degrees in Health professions is available now! To view a description, the selection process, eligibility, and to download the application click here!



The 2016 Equal Opportunity Awards!

Thank you to everyone who celebrated good times with us this year at The Gala, our most significant fundraising event of the year. Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year, Minority Business, Corporate Leadership and Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement award winners! The Gala was a huge success! Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 26, 2017 and don’t miss out on this year!


The Gala provides an excellent opportunity for networking with top area business professionals, and an investment in a corporate table is a good investment for local businesses.

Sponsorship/Fundraising is critical to the Urban League’s ability to provide programs and services to the community.

Congratulations Award Recipients!

Each year, we honor individuals and corporations who support equal rights, economic inclusion and diversity! Congratulations Reverend Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Judy Gibson, winner of our most prestigious award, Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement! Click Here to see our Volunteer of the Year, Minority Business, and Corporate Leadership award winners!


We’re Glad You Asked!

Take a quick glance into the Urban League:

What We Do:

workforce orientation 1 (2)Workforce Development:
Worked to provide a skilled and diverse workforce. We provided job counseling to over 325 clients with a 62% increase in employability through workshops, individual and lab instruction, and 81% of clients assisted with developing job search tools and online applications. Access to over 1,200 job postings from over 650 employers with client placement equating to an economic impact of almost $2 million.Housing Development:
Strived to increase homeownership. Over 80 clients completed our First Time Homebuyers seminars firsttime homebuyers1 with 67% purchasing property. Over 100 clients received financial literacy counseling to manage budgets and credit. Financial impact of over $7 million through new home purchases and avoidance of foreclosure.Economic & Business Development:
Invested and supported economic and small business development. In 2014, we deployed over $2 million in capital to start and/or expand business. We increased our loan portfolio by $1 million to $3.43 million.Lee CollegeEducation & Youth:
Enhanced education efforts for our youth.Our flagship program, National Achievers Society provides college tours, behind the scenes tours, life skills and character building.Thank you for your support. Together, we can make a difference!

Hold on to your Home!

Problems paying your mortgage? We can help!

If you are having problems paying your mortgage, foresee problems making payments in the future, or are already at risk of losing your home to foreclosure, the time to act is now. Take the first step to improve your situation. Call the Urban League at 865-524-5511 and complete the Housing Client Document Package. Our trained and certified counselors are ready to work with you.  There’s no cost to you, and all services are completely confidential. Call the Urban League today!

Mortgage Assistance. For homeowners who are behind on their mortgage due to unemployment or substantial underemployment, we help with applications for assistance. Applicants meeting certain criteria may receive mortgage assistance in an amount up to $40,000 over 36 months at no charge. For more information,  call the Urban League (865-524-5511).


The Knoxville Area Urban League is authorized for operation as a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by the Knoxville Area Urban League, please visit

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