Los Angeles Urban League Helps Students Prepare for College

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer serves as senior pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles. A civic-minded leader, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer assists community organizations such as the Los Angeles Urban League.

The Los Angeles Urban League has championed the causes of African Americans and other minorities for some 90 years. Its efforts include assisting grade-school students prepare themselves for college. This is accomplished with the College-Going Road Map, which offers suggestions for elementary students planning for higher education and their parents.

For example, fifth graders should have an advanced or proficient score on the California Standards Test (CST). They should also have read 15 books about the experiences of African-Americans or Hispanics, and explored possible careers. Parents should establish relationships with at least four teachers.

Eighth graders should know California’s postsecondary education systems, visit four colleges, and get to know career choices and workplace situations. They should score well on CST subjects, such as science, history, and algebra, and their parents should link up with guidance counselors.

Twelfth graders, on the other hand, should have successfully completed the California High School Exit Examination, taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test, and chosen 10 colleges to apply to. They should also have fulfilled community service requirements and set up a savings account. High school students should create a five-year plan for achieving their career goals.


Habitat For Humanity’s Storm Recovery Efforts

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer is senior pastor and a teacher at Faithful Central Bible Church, located in Inglewood, California. Faithful Central Bible Church is devoted to ministry that faithfully works toward serving God’s kingdom. Bishop Kenneth Ulmer lives this mission in part by participating in a number of charitable organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity is a faith-based organization dedicated to building or rebuilding housing for people and families in need. More than 2 billion people worldwide are either homeless or dwelling in substandard conditions, making the need for such an organization critical. The United States has more than 1,500 Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

The organization frequently aids in recovery from natural disasters. In 2011, Joplin, Missouri, was ravaged by a series of tornados, just months after a strong storm system caused destruction throughout the Southeast in cities such as Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Cleveland, Tennessee. More than 300 people lost their lives during the tornados, which also left thousands of families without homes. Habitat for Humanity rose to action, aiding affected regions in recuperation by beginning to clear debris immediately after the storms cleared and helping communities develop plans for recovery. The organization’s volunteers also rebuilt homes, providing safe, reliable housing for victims.

Habitat LA Completes Long Beach Housing Project

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer currently serves as a teacher and the senior pastor at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California. In addition to overseeing operations at the church, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer engages in philanthropic projects with charities such as Habitat for Humanity and the Kings University National Foundation for Transplants.

Employees of the Griffin Capital Corporation have recently collaborated with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) on a multi-unit residential development in Long Beach, California. Located near Griffin Capital Corporation headquarters in El Segundo, the Long Beach complex has been designed to serve the needs of low-income, hardworking families living in underserved areas of the state. More than 40 individuals representing the Griffin company took part in a variety of homebuilding tasks, ranging from the framing and erecting of walls to the laying of water lines. As is so often the case during a Habitat for Humanity project, many of the contributors had never handled the tools or practiced the skills necessary for the construction of a house. Griffin employees and the complex’s future tenants, however, took the challenge head on, enjoying every minute.