Indianapolis Urban League

New Beginnings Program

New Beginnings In-Person Information Session

Thursdays: August 12, September 9, October 14, and November 4, 2021

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required, seating is limited, and masks are mandatory.

Call (317) 693-7603 to reserve your seat.

Join the New Beginnings Information Session and receive an overview of the New Beginnings job readiness program.

This well-established workforce development program equips participants with skills for re-entering the workforce or increasing earning potential, preparing for virtual interviews, navigating a career change, and more. Please note, Information Sessions and Classes are not held in July and December.

August 12: New Beginnings Information Session, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Participants who attend the information session are eligible to attend class: Monday, August 16 – Friday, August 27; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

September 9: New Beginnings Information Session, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Participants who attend the information session are eligible to attend class: Monday, September 13 – Friday, September 13; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

October 14: New Beginnings Information Session, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Participants who attend the information session are eligible to attend class: Monday, October 18 – Friday, October 29; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

November 4: New Beginnings Information Session, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Participants who attend the information session are eligible to attend class: Monday, November 8 – Friday, November 19; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Advance registration is required to attend any Information Session, call (317) 693-7603. (Seating is limited and masks are mandatory.)

New Beginnings 3-Day Virtual Class Curriculum

(Must attend New Beginnings Information Session to receive access to class curriculum.)

Lilly Professional Apprenticeship Program

Oluwaseun Ijimakinde said his journey to the Indianapolis Urban League (IUL) was in fact “divine”.

In 2019 Ijimakinde worked part-time as a hospital mailroom specialist and wanted to find a more suitable and unique job. One day he happened to be delivering a package to the credit union located inside in IUL headquarters, and saw “a bunch of people” in the lobby and quickly realized he was in the right place to find what he was looking for. Ijimakinde spoke to a staff member and learned about employment resources and opportunities offered within the IUL programs.

Although Ijimakinde was employed part-time, he was eager to receive assistance with finding full-time employment so he could become self-sufficient. He decided to enroll in IUL’s Professional Advantage Program in March 2019, where he learned intensive job readiness skills. “That class really helped a lot”, Ijimakinde stated.

In January 2021, Ijimakinde received an email informing him of a great opportunity to advance his career. He was deemed eligible to apply for a professional apprenticeship, which could potentially lead to full-time employment with Eli Lilly and Company. With his interest well peeked, he decided to pursue the opportunity.  In addition to receiving support with revising his resume and creating a cover letter,  Ijimakinde received access to workshops and videos to guide him through the interviewing process. Utilizing techniques he learned from the Professional Advantage Program and the apprenticeship preparatory workshops, Ijimakinde researched the available positions in the program and applied. The next step was for the prestigious company to choose him from hundreds of applicants. After moving the process of extensive and very selective screenings and virtual interviews, Ijimakinde secured the Pharmaceutical Project Management Apprentice role at Eli Lilly &  Company.  His new journey with Eli Lilly and Company started on April 19, 2021. He has expressed his gratitude to the IUL, stating that “The program at IUL  positioned me for the opportunity at Eli Lilly and prepared me for the Pharmaceutical Project Management Apprenticeship in the best way possible.”

Ijimakinde was able to find a position that is suitable, unique, and compensates him for the skills, certifications, and experience he possesses.

We all have gone through a lot of trials and tribulations in 2020 and 2021. At the Indianapolis Urban League, we strive to uplift those in the community despite these issues in any way we can, and Oluwaseun Ijimakinde is a perfect example.

Lilly Success Story Oluwaseun Ijimakinde

Continue to Learn, Sharpen Your Skills

& Stay Connected! 

Workforce Development Wednesday

and Hot Topic Thursday

Join us online the 3rd Wednesday of the month for new skill-building empowerment workshops and the 2nd Thursday of the month to keep you current on critical issues concerning your well-being, our community, education, healthcare, financial literacy, and more.

WFD Wednesday
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HT Thursday
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