Join the Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals (BULYP) for our signature black-tie event that celebrates the outstanding work that young professionals are doing throughout the Birmingham community.
2010 "I am Empowered Award" RECIPIENTS
Education & Youth Empowerment Award
Ms. Eve Rhea
representing Better Basics
Economic Empowerment Award
Mr. Justin Weintraub
representing the Rotaract Club of Birmingham
Health & Quality of Life Empowerment Award
Mr. Chaz Mitchell
representing the Birmingham Chapter of the
American Red Cross
Civic Engagement & Leadership Empowerment Award
Ms. Chianti Cleggett
representing the Young Women's
Civil Rights & Racial Justice Empowerment Award
Ms. Maya Jones
representing the Birmingham Urban League
Mr. Donta Wilson has more than 14 years of banking experience. He joined BB&T in October 1995 while in college working in bank operations.
He has served as financial center manager, business banker and retail city executive in Charlotte, N.C.; regional business banking manager for the Battlefield Region; area executive in Prince William County, Va.; and was named Battlefield Regional President in 2005.
Mr. Wilson was named as the Alabama State President and regional president of the Birmingham, Ala.-based North Alabama Region in 2009.
Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals
The Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals (BULYP) seeks to empower young professionals dedicated to developing and implementing programs and services that promote civic participation, financial literacy, and real-world education.
Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals announces inaugural award winners
Recipients to be honored during gala
(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Aug. 18, 2010) Five civically engaged Birmingham-area residents make up the first recipients of the Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals awards. BULYP Young Professional awards are synonymous with the “I am Empowered” objectives of the National Urban League and include Education and Youth Empowerment, Economic Empowerment, Health and Quality of Life Empowerment, Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment, and Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment.
The honorees will receive their awards at the Birmingham Urban League Awards Gala - I am Empowered: Young Professionals Changing Birmingham, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. The gala will be at Old Car Heaven, 115 35th St. S., Birmingham.
The honorees are:
Chianti Cleggett will be given the Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment award for her outstanding volunteer service with the Young Women’s Empowerment Conference (YWEC). She works as the AmeriCorps Coordinator for the YWCA Central Alabama. She is also a freelance writer for the Birmingham Times weekly newspaper and has contributed editorially to Lipstick magazine, The Crisis magazine (NAACP), The Financial World, Essence.com and Birmingham magazine. A graduate of the Univ. of South Alabama, Ms. Cleggett is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and also serves the community as a volunteer through the Red Cross and other organizations.
Maya N. Jones will be given the Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment Award for her outstanding volunteer service with the Birmingham Urban League. Jones has been branch director head of the West End Community Library in Birmingham since 1999. She holds degrees from the Univ. of North Carolina-Asheville and the Univ. of Alabama. She is member-at-large for the Univ. of Alabama Library School Association Board and has been a board member since 2002. She is serving a second term as member-at-large Central for the Alabama Library Association and her first term as the ALLA Scholarship Fund Inc., president. Jones is a member of Cathedral of the Cross Church, where she volunteers with the deaf ministry and nursing home ministry. Born in Madison, WI and reared in Madison and Asheville, N.C. She presently resides in Birmingham.
Chaz Mitchell will be given the Health and Quality of Life Empowerment Award for his outstanding volunteer service with the Birmingham chapter of the American Red Cross. He is an account and budget analyst for the Birmingham City Council. Mitchell is a Birmingham native whose roots run deep in the community. He has served with various organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, and was named 2010 chair of the American Red Cross Young Professional Team Red Organization. He currently serves as an ex-officio for the Mid-Alabama Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross Board. He was also named a 2010 Outstanding Young Professional by the NAACP.
Eve Rhea will be given the Education and Youth Empowerment award for her outstanding volunteer service with Better Basics. Rhea is the director of development for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology within the School of Medicine at the Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham. Rhea started her career as a development professional in 2003 with The Salvation Army as the regional resource development director for north Alabama/northeast Mississippi. She holds degrees from the Univ. of North Alabama and the Univ. of Alabama. The Birmingham native has lived in Calera for the past five years.
Justin Weintraub will be given the Economic Empowerment Award for his outstanding volunteer service with the Rotoract Club of Birmingham. Weintraub is a vice president at Colonial Properties Trust, where he is responsible for multifamily acquisitions and dispositions, along with the oversight of operations and disposition efforts of Colonial Properties’ for-sale residential assets. Weintraub, an Auburn Univ. graduate, is the president of the Rotoract Club of Birmingham. It is the largest more than 8,300 Rotoract Clubs worldwide. Weintraub has also served as treasurer, vice president and was a board member of the club’s Foundation. Weintraub is a member of the 2010 class of Leadership UAB, serves on the Alys Stephens Center Junior Patrons Board, as well as the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham Junior Board.
The Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals is a volunteer auxiliary of the Birmingham Urban League and consists of men and women ages 21 through 40. The BULYP seeks to empower young professionals dedicated to developing and implementing programs and services that promote civic participation, financial literacy and real-world education.