Monday, April 29, 2013

LA Urban League Young Professionals to Host Panel Discussion on Starting a Nonprofit

CNN's 2010 Hero Susan Burton and L.A. Nonprofit Professionals as Featured Speakers

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals (LAULYP) has announced that it will host a panel discussion for young African-American professionals interested in forming their own nonprofit. “Building A Better You: Starting Your Own Nonprofit” will feature a keynote from Susan Burton, a CNN Top 10 Hero of 2010 and founder and executive director of A New Way Of Life Reentry Project.

The event is free and will take place from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at the LA Urban League Headquarters, 3450 Mount Vernon Drive in Los Angeles, CA.

Susan Burton (pictured) and her story of perseverance in overcoming overwhelming odds is an inspiration to women across the country.  After cycling in and out of the criminal justice system for nearly fifteen years, Susan gained freedom and sobriety and founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project in 1998.  Her nonprofit has helped more than 600 female ex-convicts in South Central Los Angeles get back on their feet.

Following Ms. Burton's keynote, founders and employees from L.A.’s top nonprofits will share their perspectives on getting started, fundraising and more.  Panel speakers include: Rico Cabrera, Founder,  Rico's Get Better Foundation; Rashunda Rene, Founder, (C.U.S.P.) Committed to Uplifting Single Parents; Chrysta Wilson, non-profit consultant, Wilson & Associates; Sheri Dunn Berry, Director of Programs, Community Partners; and Ken Billups, Founder, (C.L.I.M.B.) Creating Leaders in Mind and Body, Inc.   The panel will be moderated by Joseph Paul Jr., Program Manager for SHIELDS for Families.

The nonprofit sector has been growing steadily, both in size and financial impact, for more than a decade.  During the recession, employment in the nonprofit sector actually increased, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

“The LAULYP is pleased to not only offer leadership and networking resources for young African-Americans making waves in business and government, but also for those interested in heading nonprofit, faith and community-based organizations,” says Abby Harris, LAULYP's President. “Given the recession and its impact on minority workers, we're pleased to see more and more young people who are interested in making the switch to social entrepreneurship.  Susan Burton is a phenomenal woman and indeed a hero, and we couldn't be more excited to hear what she has to say to young people looking to follow in her footsteps.”

Non-LAULYP members are welcome to attend and participate in this discussion.  RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, visit

About the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals

The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals (LAULYP), comprised of African-American professionals ages 21 to 40, is a thriving volunteer auxiliary of the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL), one of the most prominent nonprofits in the city.  The LAULYP's network of young professionals provides leadership development, economic empowerment and community volunteer opportunities.  Since 2010, the LAULYP has been recognized as the Western Chapter of Excellence. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter at @laulyps.

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