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KeyBank Helps Urban League Fight Poverty with $300,000 Grant

CINCINNATI, OH – With job loss on the rise in Dayton, people need help now more than ever in finding new employment.
The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (ULGSO) is on the frontline of that effort and is now getting help from the KeyBank Foundation. The Foundation is giving ULGSO a grant worth $300,000 to fund the Solid Opportunities for Advancement and Retention (SOAR) program.

Started in 1998, SOAR is an intense three-week job readiness class for people who are unemployed, or underemployed. Students learn resume writing, interview skills, understanding employer expectations and financial literacy.

Recent SOAR graduate Deandre Spears said “During the course of the program, I saw it playing a part in my everyday life. I believe that in the workplace, all the principals I learned in class will apply.”

As stated in the Urban League’s 2017 “The State of Black Dayton: Opportunities Lost” report, the struggle to earn a livable wage is growing, particularly in West Dayton. This is why ULGSO set up its Miami Valley SOAR program in DeSoto Bass Courts. We wanted to bring the program directly to the people who need it most.

The funds will support both the Dayton and Cincinnati SOAR programs over the next three years.

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