The Urban League of Union County Young Professionals has selected Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados to receive the Outstanding Work in Government and Civil Service award for his commitment to the Union County community and his continued efforts to achieve social and economic equality among all residents. The award will be formally presented to Vice Chairman Granados at the organization’s 3rd annual Young Professional Honors event on Saturday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clinton Manor in Union.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized among this year’s award recipients, and those from years past – all of whom are breaking glass ceilings in their respective fields,” said Vice Chairman Sergio Granados. “Making a difference begins with empowering the community. When we lift ourselves up, we need to bring others up with us. I am proud of the work of all of those who have been recognized by Urban League of Union County Young Professionals who strive to put the community first. Only in that form and that manner can we better our society and have a productive community.”
As an auxiliary of the Urban League of Union County, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, the goal of the Young Professionals organization is to promote and support the Urban League’s mission of achieving social and economic equality by empowering communities and changing lives in Union County. The core initiatives are focused on jobs, health, education, and housing.
Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados, a native of Elizabeth and community activist who has experience working with non-profits and volunteer organizations, was elected to his first full term to the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder in 2013 – becoming one of the youngest ever elected Freeholders in the State of New Jersey.
Through his work on the Freeholder Board, Granados has emphasized community outreach and fiscal reform, workforce initiatives that have created over 1,000 job opportunities in 2015 alone, parks and educational improvements, and additional initiatives to benefit veterans and individuals with disabilities.
In 2015, Granados founded Moving New Jersey Forward, a community-based non-profit, whose mission is to raise awareness and education efforts at the local and national level about social justice issues.
In addition, Granados has a long record of activism, he has served with many organizations, including Hispanos Unidos, the Elizabeth Lions Club, the Portuguese Instructive Social Club, the Elizabeth Portugal Day Committee, Union County Latino-American Chamber of Commerce, New Leaders Council-New Jersey & Shaping Elizabeth.
“I look forward to celebrating the work of the Urban League of Union County Young Professionals who strive to serve our county and empower our community,” said Vice Chairman Granados. “I also look forward to working with them to continue the mission of Urban League of Union County to promote and support social and economic equality.”
YP Honors will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clinton Manor in Union. For more information about the Urban League of Union County Young Professionals (ULUCYP), visit ulucyp.org.