Knoxville Area Urban League


KAUL Young Professionals

The Young Professionals of the Knoxville Area Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), a nationwide network of young professionals who provide leadership development, economic empowerment and community volunteer opportunities for other young professionals. Actively seeking ways to continue growth within our membership and serve the community, our TEAM continues to meet the NULYP’s target service goal of 1600 community service hours each year. We are empowered to support the mission of the Knoxville Area Urban League.  Come be a part of the movement!

Signature Events

Cork Savvy Wine Tasting Event
This is an annual wine tasting event designed to raise funds for the Urban League Minority Scholarship Program.  We give out two to three $1000 scholarships each year to deserving students pursuing a degree in the medical field through the Walter Hardy Minority Scholarship program.  This event is typically hosted the second Thursday in August and scholarships are awarded at the KAUL Annual Meeting in February each year.

MLK Youth Symposium
The Young Professionals co-sponsor the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Symposium each year.  This event is hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission & Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  The Youth Symposium is a day of youth development and leadership training.  Our funds help provide the meals throughout the day.  Our TEAM provides the volunteers and speakers.

Dr. Walter Hardy Tribute
Each year we raise funds to support the Knoxville Area Urban League Minority Scholarship Program.  This program is in honor of Dr. Walter C. Hardy.  The scholarships support students pursuing degrees in the health profession.  In addition, we celebrate Urban League’s National Day of Service.  Each year we partner with local philanthropic organizations and support the city’s urban “Go Green” initiative.  We focus on our local urban park named after Dr. Walter Hardy, the first African-American physician in Knoxville.  We clean up debris, plant shrubs and provide science technology and math awareness to local students.

2015-2017 Executive Committee

Syreeta Vaughn, President

Brandon Hardin, Vice President

Jessica Johnson, Secretary

Michelle Harding, Policies & Procedures Chair

Jeremy Cook, Treasurer



Are you new to the area? Have you lived in Knoxville for an extended period of time and want to expand your network of connections?  Our professional and social events will connect you with like-minded young professionals. We encourage you to attend our monthly meetings and any of our social events. Come out and get to know us.  Our membership consists of some of the most talented and gifted early career professionals in the Knoxville Community.  Check out the Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 under 40.  Many of our members have received this prestigious award.

Dues are $75 per year. You receive a one year membership to the Knoxville Area Urban League with your yearly dues. Our membership benefits include professional development opportunities, social and networking events, access to community leaders, and invaluable community service opportunities.  For further questions, contact us at


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The Young Professionals are supported in part by:
Cornerstone Foundation
Scripps Network Interactive
Wells Fargo Advisors

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