2017 Young Award honorees

Sowing the Seeds of Social Equality and Innovation: Meet the 2017 Award Recipients

April 4, 2017 by GPUL Events

Social change and empowerment blossoms from the dedication and commitment of individuals that are willing to give of themselves and their organizations.  Helping those in need is often a higher calling for these heroes, who generally go unsung and often shy away from the camera.  This modesty underscores the true depth of their generosity.

Each year the Greater Phoenix Urban League honors two unsung forces of change in our community: one individual and one corporation/organization.  The Hall of Honor is graced by some of the most influential and giving individuals and organizations in our community.  That’s why this year, we are proud to add two more exceptional honorees to our select group of award recipients.

Grand Canyon University participates in many community outreach programs, including their annual Run to Fight Children’s Cancer run, Canyon Cares Christmas, Disaster Relief Support and a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

Alan “AP” Powell is a successful entrepreneur with several collaborations with high-profile individuals, including but not limited to Tyrese Gibson, Bill Bellamy, Evander Holyfield, Limp Bizkit leader singer Fred Durst, and KORN guitarist Fieldy. In 2011, he founded the Checkered Flag Run Foundation to help advance the quality of life and education for those living in under-served communities.  Programs under Checkered Flag include their Bridge Forum, which engages the community with their local police departments, Tools 4 School, Veterans Reach to Teach, which provides veterans the opportunity to teach within Arizona schools, and Voting for Veterans to promote issues important to the veteran community.

If Martin Luther King was the face of the Civil Rights Movement, Whitney M. Young was its investment banker.  He understood that bringing about equality required economic potential as well as social justice.  As such, Young worked behind the scenes with CEOs and corporations to create economic opportunities for the disadvantage, as well as becoming a key advisor to several American Presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon.  Additionally, he played a critical role in expanding the Urban League from a small group with a few members to the nationally recognized and highly regarded organization it is today.  We will be forever grateful to Whitney M. Young Jr. for his contribution to our society today and tomorrow…as well as grateful to all of our award honorees for their commitment to our community.

Please join us on 12 May 2017 to honor Alan “AP” Powell and Grand Canyon University for what they do in Arizona.