The Minneapolis Urban League's Roosevelt Gains received a special recognition award at the National Association of Minority Contractors-Upper Midwest (NAMC-UM) Chapter 2007 Annual Awards Banquet and Celebration. The banquet was held on Friday, November 1, 2007 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Roosevelt Gains
The Minneapolis Urban League's Roosevelt Gains received a special recognition award at the National Association of Minority Contractors-Upper Midwest (NAMC-UM) Chapter 2007 Annual Awards Banquet and Celebration. The banquet was held on Friday, November 1, 2007 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Gains was recognized at the banquet for his years of community service to the building and construction trades industry. For nearly 13 years, Gains has been managing the Minneapolis Urban League's Labor Education Advancement Program (LEAP), an apprenticeship program that prepares women, minorities and other people of color, 18 years and older, for employment in the building and construction trades industry.
"This is quite an honor," said Gains who was nominated by NAMC-UM President Francis Onwualu. Gains explained that throughout the years, his program has become recognized as a leader in the industry, placing more than 70 women and minorities in livable-wage industry jobs. He adds that his program is successful because of the strong relationship he has forged with industry employers who work with him to actively seek and retain well-qualified candidates for apprenticeship opportunities.
A 12-member advisory committee, which includes representatives from local unions, a number of the state's largest contractors, as well as representatives from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, plays an integral role in the placement program's success, and in the selection of candidates.
"Roosevelt Gains is an asset to our organization and to our community," said Minneapolis Urban League President/CEO Clarence Hightower, who added that LEAP is one of the many Urban League programs that enables those in our community who are struggling to achieve economic parity to seize their potential to be on a par with all other Minnesotans.
Gains points out that the program pays for the first $100 of a new candidate's initiation fees and union dues, work boots, winter clothing, and other essential items for the first day of employment.
To learn more about LEAP, or to get help finding a job in the Trades, please contact Roosevelt Gains at (612) 302-3117.
For more information about the Minneapolis Urban League, visit www.mul.org or call (612) 302-3100. The Minneapolis Urban League is headquartered at the Glover-Sudduth Center, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411.