Urban Senior Jobs Program

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What is the Urban Seniors Jobs Program (formerly known as the Mature Workers Program)?

Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the Urban Seniors Program (USJP) is a workforce development program that provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income, unemployed persons 55 or older. To learn more, connect via FaceBook.

The goal of the program is to provide workers with on-the-job training to help them develop the skills and confidence to find unsubsidized employment. Participants are placed in a wide variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including day-care centers, senior centers, schools and hospitals.

Participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage.

USJP Services include:

  • Community Service Training and Placement
  • Case Management Support
  • Individual Employment Plan
  • Workforce Fundamentals Workshop
  • Job Placement and Retention
  • Wages and Fringe Benefits
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Business Development

Our Impact

From 2005 to 2015, the National Urban League has served more than 12,000 participants through its Urban Seniors Jobs Program. In 2015, we served approximately 1,300 participants, finishing the program year with a 47 percent entered employment rate (still working the quarter after employment placement) and 73 percent retention rate (still working the 2nd and 3rd quarters after employment placement).

The following are 2015 participant demographics:
Low the Poverty Level – 92 %
Low Employment Prospects – 89%
Receiving Public Assistance – 72%
Highest Education is HS/GED – 41%
Disability – 33%
Homelessness or At-Risk – 24%
Veterans, or Spouses Served – 12%


Apply for USJP Services

To apply for services, contact the project office in the county nearest you to arrange an appointment. Click here to learn more about applying for the Urban Seniors Jobs Program.

The National Urban League’s Urban Seniors Jobs Program has offices in six states that serve the counties listed:

Pinellas County Urban League

Urban League of Palm Beach County

Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan
Michigan (Macomb, Oakland, Wayne counties)

Urban League of Essex County
New Jersey (Essex county)

Urban League of Westchester County
Long Island, New York (Nassau and Suffolk counties)

Louisville Urban League
Kentucky (Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, and Nelson counties)

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania (Allegheny county)

If your state or county is not listed above, call the Department of Labor’s One-Stop Career Center at 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627).  In addition to the National Urban League, a number of other organizations sponsor similar programs known as Senior Community Service Employment Programs (SCSEP). To find a SCSEP in your state, click here.

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