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The mission of the Las Vegas Urban League is to empower communities and ensure equal opportunity for low income citizens. It establishes programs and support policies that address social and economic issues faced by low income and minority residents of Clark County Nevada, and its outlying areas. It collaborates with community members on strategies and techniques to implement changes that bring about opportunity and enables citizens to secure economic self-reliance.


The Las Vegas Urban League was established in 2003 by local philanthropist Jacqulyn Shropshire. Her vision was to positively impact and ensure equal opportunity for low income people throughout Clark County. In July 2006, the Las Vegas Urban League was designated by the State of Nevada as the Community Action Agency for Clark County.



  • Tony Gladney, CHAIRMAN
  • Tony Bourne, VICE-CHAIRMAN
  • James E. Lincoln II, TREASURER
  • D. Edward Chaney, BOARD SECRETARY
  • Andre Franklin
  • Malcolm White
  • Rico White
  • Lauren Edgar, MSN Ed.


Adriana Duran

Adriana Duran, 19, of Las Vegas, came in to the Pearson Center a pregnant senior trying to stay in school and graduate. She started off doing 120 hours of community service for high school credit. But during her time of service, she became a Project 180 client. She received mentoring, job readiness and life-skills training, prenatal and parenting assistance along with WIC, Medicaid and SNAP assistance. With the guidance of the Pearson staff she graduated high school, had a healthy baby, and is currently a Sales Associate at Styles for Less and at Gymboree. She is attending college at CSN for Early Childhood Education. She still regularly visits and credits the Pearson staff for her success and accomplishments.

Sade Smythe

Sade Smythe, 20 of Las Vegas, Nevada is a new mother with our WIC program. Excited and wanting only the best for her baby, she was attentive in all the nutrition and breastfeeding education classes. “I was on edge about breastfeeding until I went to the breastfeeding class. The things I learned encouraged me to nurse. I started to breastfeed my son and noticed he didn’t latch on to one side. No problem, I thought because I remembered WIC has counselors on staff. I called Semaj and she quickly asked that I come in to assist. She helped me with different positions and also taught me how to use a pump that was given to me. Today, I can say, I’m nursing my son, Julius, and it is great!”

Adam Eck

Adam Eck, 18, of North Las Vegas, needed 120 hours of community service for credit as a junior in high school. While completing his community service he found out that he was going to be a father. He had no job or life-skills and didn’t know what he was going to do. He became a Project 180 client and received mentoring, parenting assistance, job readiness and life-skills training, and career assistance/planning. He got a part-time job and stayed in school. He graduated from Cimarron-Memorial High School class of 2013, is an active father to his child, while working part-time and preparing to join the United States Navy.