About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) is to be a champion of civil rights dedicated to helping people improve their lives. Our purpose is to build stronger communities by providing local residents with education, job training and placement at no cost. For 95 years, our programs and services have given hope to our members and made a lasting, positive impact in the community.

History & Background

Founded in 1917, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) is dedicated to building stronger communities by championing civil rights and helping people create a better long-term economic and social future. For 94 years, the ULEM has given hope to local residents in the form of education, job training and placement at no cost. An experienced staff offers continuous guidance and support through its many programs and services, which foster confidence and pride and give individuals the tools they need to help them succeed. The ULEM family provides a safe haven where individuals are encouraged and empowered to grow to their full potential.

Located in Roxbury near a hub of college and individuals in need of our unique services, the ULEM’s success is due to its strong corporate and neighborhood ties, which connect local businesses with the City’s communities. Corporations benefit from an ongoing pipeline of well-trained talent while local residents are provided rewarding career opportunities. The end result is a vibrant, self-reliant community, which takes pride in its achievements and inspires others to do the same.