Celebrate the Achievements of African-Americans!
February is Black History Month!
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all these.
George Washington Carver, African-American scientist
Desiree Luckey is a 2008 alumna of the Tomorrow’s Scientists, Technicians, and Managers (TSTM), a program designed to encourage youth to explore careers and opportunities, at the Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League, Inc. She currently attends Howard University in Washington, DC, completing her Junior year of undergraduate studies. This post is just a glimpse of the impact that TSTM has had on our students:
“Hello! I just wanted to let you know that thanks to my phenomenal experience in TSTM in high school, I just won the NUL/Howard University Essay Contest. My essay will be published in the State of Black America report for 2012 and I get to speak on a panel at the national press conference hosted at Howard University. TSTM was and continues to be a very beneficial part of my life. Hope all is going well!” Desireé S. Luckey
Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League is pleased to welcome LuWanna Reed to our Board of Directors
LuWanna R. Reed is the Assistant General Manager of CityLink. First Transit, the managing company of CityLink. She oversees all activities of the Operations, including the Safety Department, Human Resources and Special Services.
Reed joined the CityLink team in Spring 2011 after spending 22 years at MetroLINK (Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District). Her educational background includes an A.A. in Computer Science, A.S. in Mathematics, and a B.A. in Computer Science & Geography.
Reed has been involved in Driving, Supervision, Training, Route Development & Scheduling, Driver’s Bid and Ridership & Government Reporting. She has 15 years as a Coach Operator, 1 year Supervisor & INIT GPS Radio Technician & Trainer, 6 years as Transit Planner.
I want to serve on the Urban League Board because I feel it is extremely important to give back to the community where I live and work. I appreciate the opportunity to move here from the Quad Cities and work for CityLink. It is a blessing to also be associated with an organization such as the Urban League which has members who work tirelessly to provide needed services in the community.
I hope to help the Urban League through volunteering my time and resources at my disposal. I have unique ideas and a work ethic that will make a great difference in the Peoria area community.
Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League is pleased to welcome Glenn Ross to our Board of Directors.
Glenn Ross is originally from Shreveport– a mid-sized city in North Louisiana. After completing high school he earned his first college degree atGramblingStateUniversity– where he studied Business Administration and Business Information Systems.
He joined Caterpillar in 1977, and started his career as a Computer Programmer. Throughout his career, Glenn has worked in a variety of leadership roles in Information Technology.
In 1987, Glenn earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Bradley University– Foster College of Business Administration. Glenn is currently an Information Technology (IT) Manager at Caterpillar.
Glenn was invited to join the Tri-County Urban League Board of Directors in January 2011. As a Board member, he looks forward to serving his community as a volunteer, giving his time and talents to support the important work of community and civic organizations, and agencies. He appreciates the opportunity to meet and work with diverse groups of dedicated volunteers with a mission of making our community a better and more attractive place to live and work.
Glenn is a strong believer in the importance of higher education – and thinks that education should be a high priority for our country. “It’s one of the key elements in maintaining and expanding our competitiveness in the global economy.”
In addition to his work at Caterpillar, Glenn is an Easter seals Team Leader, a mentor with the Caterpillar / District 150 Destination Technology Program, a member of the WCBU Public Radio Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Directors at the American Red Cross (Mid-America Division Blood Services), and Past President of the Bradley University National Alumni Association.
Dytisha Sledge has been without shoes, without clothes other than those on her back, without a home, food or without much of any family to speak of. She dropped out of high school just to survive.Yet the 19-year-old Peorian has persevered.
Dytisha took the steps she needed to pull out of a downward spiral, and on Sunday, January 29, 2012, she walked in a graduation ceremony at the Tri-County Urban League (Peoria, IL) to receive her General Educational Development diploma (GED).”I have met several different people who have the same goals as I do,” Dytisha told the audience. “Some of us have made it, and some of us are almost there. One thing that I will always remember is a quote that was repeated many times by a staff member: ‘If you keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same results.’ This saying made me realize that I needed to change my way of thinking.” “This program, these people have taught me my past can’t hurt me any longer,” she later added. “Right now, I’m a better person, I’m focused on being successful.”
Dytisha was one of 18 young people who over the past year were part of YouthBuild Peoria. The education and job-training program was funded by a federal grant administered by Workforce Development Network and administered in collaboration with the Tri-County Urban League.
The program has a more than 50 percent success rate – much greater than the typical GED program completion rate, said Urban League case manager Charles Miner. Plus, a handful in the program are now enrolled at ICC and/or have gained employment.
“We laughed together, we cried together; a lot of these young people have gone through a lot to get where they are today,” Miner said. “We deal with a lot of social issues – there’s a lot of one-on-one – before they sit in the classroom studying; this is much more of an intensive program.” Participants received additional “real world” skills and support as they worked toward earning their GEDs.