Our Mission & History

Our Mission

The Urban League of Northwest Indiana works to promote, encourage and enhance services to improve social, educational, and economic conditions of African Americans and other minority groups in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties.

Our Vision

To ensure that the Urban League of Northwest Indiana becomes the premiere agency that supports and promotes neighborhood community collaborations towards the improvement, capacity building, and awareness of citizens in areas of education, financial literacy, health/wellness, civic/civil leadership, and diversity throughout Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties; which would encourage a better quality of life.

Our History

The Urban League of Gary was founded in 1945 as an Affiliate of the National Urban League. The Urban League was founded as a civic organization established for the purpose of removing the racial barriers that prevented African Americans from enjoying equal opportunities in housing, employment, education and the many other facets of American life.

On June 25, 1945 the Urban League of Gary was born with the commitment to strive for equal opportunities for all citizens.

In December 1970, the Board of Directors voted to reorganize as the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Inc., to better reflect the service community of the Lake Area United Way – thereby serving Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties.


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From eighth grade to graduation and beyond, we provide viable programs and opportunities for students to experience post-secondary success.


Our Staff and Volunteers are steadfast in offering support services to improve the quality of life for Northwest Indiana citizens.


We are committed to providing Diversity and Inclusion training that will offer the skills necessary for all citizens to live, work, and recreate in culturally diverse environments.