The Nextep Charitable Foundation is proud to donate $10,000 to the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City.
This donation is part of a larger initiative to give back to the Black community. Earlier this summer, Nextep’s Founder and CEO Brian Fayak announced the Nextep Charitable Foundation would be donating $50,000 to local organizations supporting the Black community — read more about this initiative on our earlier blog.
“The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Inc. was established in 1946 as an affiliate of the National Urban League and a United Way Partner Agency. Our mission is to assist African Americans, other minorities and the poor to achieve social and economic equality.”
Through four program areas— workforce and career development, education and family development, housing and financial literacy, and community convening and social justice — the Urban League works to accomplish its mission.
Nextep Charitable Foundation’s $10,000 donation will go directly toward the “Real Talk, Brother” initiative, which aims to support Black men and boys with mental health conditions. Through this program, licensed mental health professionals train local barbers to become mental health advocates for their clients, so they can identify and find support for those struggling.
“Historically, communities of color experience unique and considerable challenges in accessing mental health services,” said Dr. Valerie Thompson, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City. “Black barbershops have long provided a safe place for cultural conversations, and the ‘Real Talk, Brother’ program will help Black men and boys express their feelings openly and honestly to someone who looks like them.”
You can partner with the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City by donating to, supporting, and following the incredible work they do (Instagram: @urbanleagueok ). We’re thrilled to donate $10,000 to this organization.
Check out our past blogs about Grand Gentlemen, Knowing Your Worth, Progress OKC, and TEEM to learn more about the other amazing organizations we’ve donated to through this initiative.
As a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), Nextep works with companies to provide outsourced services, including payroll, benefits, HR, compliance, and more. Since its beginnings, Nextep and its employees have had a heart for giving back. So, Nextep formed the Nextep Charitable Foundation to create an even more robust platform to donate, volunteer, and give back. In partnership with the Pledge 1% movement, Nextep donates money, offers free services to nonprofits, and the employees volunteer their time, both in and outside of work.