Join the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals for their Chapter Relaunch Celebration on November 9th.
The 2017-18 MULYP Advisory Leadership Council invites you to come learn about their social justice and advocacy platform while networking with other young professionals. Special guests include Renee Wills, Kevin Woods, Shelby County Schools Board Member and Mendell Grinter, Founder & Executive Director for Campaign for School Equity.
- When: Thursday, November 9 6-9 PM
- Where: Lyfe Kitchen, 272 South Main St.
- Cost: This event is free
MULYP is a service oriented leadership organization designed to support the objectives of the National Urban League, Memphis Urban League, and National Urban League Young Professionals. Their mission is to promote the development of young professionals in the Memphis area and to serve their affiliates through social and community action.
We also had a chat with the Interim President for MULYP, Latricea Adams, to talk more about the organization and her role.
In your own words, describe what exactly is MULYP?
MULYP is an organization for young professionals between the ages of 21-40. It is a social service and civil rights organization. Essentially, we bring young professionals together to uplift Memphis and that can range in a plethora of ways. It can range from being involved in any of our 5 committees: Financial Literacy and Empowerment, Youth Mentoring and Development, Civic Engagement and Advocacy, Personal and Professional Development and Health Literacy and Advocacy. We want to cultivate the next generations of service leaders in the Memphis area.
How did you become involved with the organization?
I’m a Memphis native but I had been away from Memphis for 10 years. The last 5 of those years were spent in Washington, D.C. While I was in D.C., I was the president of their Young Professionals chapter. Upon moving back to Memphis, I had an opportunity to meet with the CEO of the Memphis Urban League. She then extended an offer for me to help redevelop the chapter here in Memphis, which I was excited about and hoping to bring some of the things that we did in DC back home. I was also apart of the Young Professionals movement in Nashville and that’s how I started my foundation with the Urban League.
How could a non-member become a member?
A non-member could become a member first by being financially active. Our dues are $75 for a full year. Besides being financially active, being engaged with the committee is also important. One unique and interesting thing about the Urban League is it’s your platform, so you have full autonomy to create social and community service-based programming based on whatever your heart desires. I would like to see young African American professionals in Memphis have that sense of empowerment, where you are actually in control of the change you want to see in the city. Not just as being an active member, but thinking about what you want to see different in the city.
What can guests expect to see at the “Rebirth of MULYP” event?
Expect a whole lot of black excellence! We’ll have a lot of up and coming young professionals in the area. We have Renee Wills, one of the youngest CFO’s in the history of Oak Hall, who will be present as a special guest. She’s also a member of the 40 Under 40 for the Memphis Chamber of Commerce. The core of the event is for our committee chairs to go over the platform for this particular term. It will be an opportunity to meet and greet with each of those chairs and learn about how you can get engaged and bring your talents and treasures back into the organization. You’ll also learn what we’re going to do, what our platform is to stimulate the city and ways that you can tap into your network and bring people back into the movement.
Any closing thoughts?
I think the most pertinent thing right now is we’re focused on re-engagement and reigniting young people in the city of Memphis. I think that since there’s kind of been a lull with activity within MULYP, you kind of feel it in the city. You have a lot of young black professionals who just work their 9-5 and go home everyday, not really feeling like there’s a space for them to tap into the process of change within the city. I think MULYP is very necessary for young black professionals to feel like they have a space to really see the change through a black lens. It’s very important for young African Americans to have a seat at the table of change. We’re excited to have the opportunity to bring this back into the city and to engage with some of the new and perspective membership.