Carl Green, Jr.
“Urban League helped me build confidence, see the potential in my community, and see the potential in myself”
Carl Green Jr. first became involved with the Urban League at the age of sixteen when his father wanted him to get involved in the community during that transition period of his life. He was introduced to Ms. Finley of the Urban League and became involved in NULITES that he describes as, “a program which allowed teenagers to go out and get involved in their community.” Carl elaborates on his experiences with this program as something which, “help me build confidence and help me see the potential in my community and in turn see the potential in myself. Basically they brought out a jewel, brushed it off and just showed me how great I could be.”
Carl has now graduated from college with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and credits UL saying, “the program helped me step outside myself and venture outside myself and show me that I actually could go to college. Since I didn’t know what I wanted, the Jacksonville Urban League help me think beyond what my neighborhood looked like.” Currently Carl is in the process in getting a degree in education so he can start by teaching middle school students with long term goals of becoming a principal, working for the school board, and eventually becoming a superintendent.
To young people and based on his experiences, Carl advises, “Get involved, because with involvement in the community it helps you build this part of yourself that makes you want to do something great because it doesn’t limit you to this little bubble in your community because I thought I couldn’t be better than my own community. When I met the Urban League they expanded my views and my perspective on how different communities come together for a cause and helped me expand outside of that bubble and helped me to dream, so get involved in your community!”