The Male Involvement Program (MIP) – a youth violence prevention program aimed at middle school males of color. It teaches alternate options for reducing conflict, managing anger, and avoiding violence through structures dialogue, culture specific exercise and group mentoring.  Students enrolled in MIP receive mentoring and direction from adult males of color.

Girls With Purpose (GWP) – an all-girls program that combines positive adult female mentoring with group activities and a structured curriculum that helps to empower young females of color to succeed as productive citizens, both scholastically and in all aspects of their personal life. Its target audience is middle school aged girls between 11-14 years old.

Career Empowerment Academy – Tacoma Urban League and community partners are excited to announce our 2019 Academy schedule. The Academy offers evening classes to create a comprehensive career plan and the opportunity to network with industry leaders. Participants can expect:

  • Career coaching to take steps towards goals
  • Identify transferable skills, strengths, and talents
  • Techniques for a successful job interview
  • Assistance with job placement and connections
  • Network tips and advice from industry leaders
  • Guest speakers

Download and share our CEA-Flyer and call us today register for the next class. 

Financial Empowerment – African American Financial Capability Initiative (AAFC) – The African American Financial Capability (AAFC) Initiative of Tacoma works to improve and protect the economic security of African-Americans in the Tacoma Pierce County area by enhancing asset-building services, improving policy advocacy strategies and increasing leadership capacity. Programming includes advocacy, a financial empowerment cohort of community members that meets twice a month, and entrepreneurial support for small business development.

Household Budget & Finance Workshops – Our free quarterly Household Budget & Finance Workshops provide information and tools that that help participants increase their financial well-being. Learn about how to calculate and build a household budget, plan your savings, access fresh start checking accounts and more. We partner with Sound Outreach, Tacoma Public Utilities, and the AAFC Initiative to create a culturally-anchored experience that brings peer leaders and community members together in post workshop break-out sessions to share experiences, knowledge, and take meaningful next steps and action around their personal and household finances

Home Ownership Program – Our Home Ownership Program helps community members achieve and sustain successful home ownership through a variety of classes, workshops, one-to-one coaching and support. Home ownership is one of the most important ways that families build wealth and we work to make that dream a reality. In partnership with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS) our Housing Program provides direct service programs and resources to individuals and families who seek knowledge, understanding and access to pertinent financial education that result in maintaining and obtaining home ownership.  We support and work with clients, in the South Sound Region, during hardships that could jeopardize home ownership. We process home foreclosures, loan modifications and meditations. We also work with local industry professionals to connect clients with Down Payment Assistance programs, lenders, and other real estate professionals as well as working with local agencies like Tacoma Housing Authority, City of Tacoma and Pierce County to create access to special programs and housing stock for low to mid-income range families.

Family Support Partnership (FSW) – a home visiting program providing support and training to families with children ages 2-12. A referral system is used to identify families and a screening process is used to determine program suitability. This is in partnership with Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Strengthening Families Division.

Employment Diversity & Inclusion–   This program focuses on young adult workforce-training program that provides fast-track job-preparedness courses, case management and employment opportunities for youth ages 16-24.

Voter Advocacy – is a partnership between the League and Statewide Poverty Action Network to increase the voting power of low-income communities and communities of color in Pierce County/Tacoma by conducting targeted voter registration, education and participation efforts as a part of the 2012 “Vote for a Change” Campaign.

Tacoma African American Leadership Forum – is a program designed to strengthen collaboration and build capacity among African American leaders in Tacoma/Pierce County.  The primary aim is to convene and empower a diverse network of civic-minded African Americans to work collectively to improve the social and economic health and well-being of the Tacoma/Pierce County African American community.

Hilltop Urban Gardens – Tacoma Urban Leagues is the fiscal sponsor for HUG who seeks to increase racial equity and food sovereignty in the Hilltop area of Tacoma and supports and advocates for racial and gender justice. Learn more at



The Tacoma Urban League will strive to be a model of excellence nationally in the Urban League movement and the premier community-based social service and advocacy organization in Washington State.

The Tacoma Urban League Guild – a volunteer group formed to enhance and support the mission of the Tacoma Urban League through volunteerism and community service. It is comprised of established community members who donate their time and support to extend the mission, programs and services of the Urban League.

The Tacoma Urban League Young Professionals (TULYP) – a National Urban League volunteer auxiliary that targets young professionals (21-40) to empower their communities & change lives through the Urban League Movement. Currently, TULYP has over 30 members and four committees focusing on the following areas: Education & Youth Empowerment, Economic Empowerment, Health & Quality of Life and Civic Engagement & Social Justice.

African American Financial Capability Initiative– Creating a financial opportunity center that focuses on the financial bottom line for low-to-moderate income African American Families.

The Tacoma Urban League has been selected as a Northwest Area Foundation Partner for New Collaborations within African-American Communities and the African American Financial Capability (AAFC) Initiative.

The African American Financial Capability (AAFC) Initiative is a three-year initiative of the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF). It aims to improve and protect the economic security of African Americans by strengthening African American led organizations that provide critical asset building services and advance strategic asset and wealth creation policies. The initiative will rely on tailored financial capability approaches that combine the development of financially sound knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors with increased access to needed financial services.

The Tacoma Urban League is partnering with a cohort of local groups including the United Way of Tacoma Pierce County, The Northwest Leadership Foundation, the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance, and the Tacoma chapter of the NAACP as one of six communities in cities with the highest African-American populations within the Northwest Area Foundation’s region: Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Seattle and Tacoma, Washington; and Des Moines, Iowa.



Founded in 1968, the Tacoma Urban League is devoted to empowering African Americans and other disenfranchised groups to enter the economic and social mainstream. From its earliest days in the civil rights movement, through years of partnership with government and public agencies, the Tacoma Urban League has been a beacon of hope and a catalyst in the South Puget Sound community.

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Contact Information

Tacoma Urban League
2550 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(253) 383-2007