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Our Programs & Initiatives

Solid Opportunities for Advancement and Retention

Our two-week professional development training is a stepping stone towards success. We support unemployed and underemployed individuals with skill assessment, employment readiness, career exploration, business acumen, barrier removal, and living-wage job placement.

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EMERGE Youth Program

Our youth program removes barriers for youth and places them on a path to self-sufficiency through job achievement, obtaining a credential, apprenticeship, or continuing their education. From College Tours to our Youth Summit, EMERGE is designed to build relationships and trust while providing guidance and counseling until they exit the program.

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EMERGE Program - Dayton Bike Yard

Business Development & Entrepreneurship

We support entrepreneurs developing their business startup or expansion aspirations in the greater Dayton area. Our goal is to help established entrepreneurs increase their capacity to take advantage of new business opportunities and qualify for financing that will lead to higher levels of business growth.

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EMERGE College Tour 2024

Designed specifically for high school students in grades 9th through 12th, this enriching tour runs from July 15th to July 19th, 2023. Don't miss out on this transformative educational journey. Register now and secure your child's spot on the EMERGE College Tour!


College Tour - Black Students


The 2024 Pillar Awards honored exceptional leaders and a prominent minority-owned business, acknowledging their profound influence on both their fields and the regional community. This year's honorees were:

  • Brian O. Martin, Executive Director, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC)
  • Tom Roberts, President, Ohio NAACP
  • Belinda Matthews Stenson, VP of Business Inclusion, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • CDO Technologies, Al Wofford, President (2024 Pillar IMPACT Award for minority-owned businesses)


2024 Pillar Honorees

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Get to know us better

The Miami Valley Urban League is dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of our community through comprehensive support, services, programming, and opportunities. Our team is committed to making a difference in the lives of those we serve by focusing on six key pillars of impact. Whether you are interested in our programs or in need of direct service assistance, we are here to help. To learn more about how we can assist you, please complete the form below.