Knoxville Area Urban League


urban_League_final_pic (2)National Achievers Society (NAS) was established to identify and motivate academically achieving minority high school students and increase the pool of students who are prepared, motivated and qualified for higher education. NAS is open to African-American youth and other youth of color in grades 10-12 with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. This year’s class includes 153 new scholars and 80 returning scholars, representing every high school in Knox County, as well as Oak Ridge and Jefferson County high schools. NAS scholars and parents participate throughout the school year in weekend activities, projects and initiatives that enhance their cultural, academic and college preparatory experience in a three-year experience from their sophomore through senior year. See the below video for a recap of the NAS 2014-15 year! 2016 NAS APP INFO Letter

Youth Program Garners National Recognition!

Out of nearly 100 Urban League affiliates, Knoxville was chosen as the “Outstanding Youth Affiliate” in 2013. The award recognized Knoxville’s excellence in the following youth programming categories:

– Members served;

– Parental involvement;

– Community partnership;

– Dedication to empowering children; and

– Commitment to the I AM EMPOWERED pledge of “Every American Child ready for College, Work and Life.”

Thrive: Education

Every child in America deserves to live a life free of poverty that includes a safe home environment, adequate nutrition and affordable, quality health care.

Every child in America deserves a quality education that will prepare them to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.

Our Programs

Project Ready is an innovative and unique college access program that provides a comprehensive, research based approach to preparing young people and families for the challenges and promise of higher education. Project Ready is geared to reach the whole student and is comprised of three key components: Academic Development, Social Development and Cultural and Global Awareness. Students may enter the program as early as middle school and participate throughout their high school career.





READ & RISE is a literacy initiative designed to ensure that children have the necessary early literacy and pre-reading skills to prepare them to do well in school and meet the challenges of the 21st century. Pictured here, students eagerly listen as a volunteer reads them a book.

Congratulations to Scholarship Recipient
Congratulations to Raven Hagen, one of only 15 National Achievers scholars nationwide to earn a $1,000 scholarship from Marathon Oil. A graduate of Austin East High School, Raven attends Middle Tennessee State University.



Common Core Support

Knoxville Urban League supports Tennessee’s Common Core State Standards. Join the growing coalition to help support higher standards by LIKING Expect More. Achieve More. on facebook.

Education and Youth programs are funded in part by:

National Urban League
Scripps Networks Interactive
State Farm Foundation
Youth Endowment of East Tennessee Foundation

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