FAQ – Urban Leadership Academy

What makes Central Campus courses different from courses in my home school?

Urban Leadership 101 is committed to empowering students on their journey to becoming community-based activists and entrepreneurs. This course is different from courses in your home high school because it allows you to collaborate with students from across the district to address social injustices within your communities. Students also have the opportunity to receive mentoring from local organizers and entrepreneurs, using those skills to produce culturally relevant, community-awareness events.

What will I do in courses at Central Campus?

Based in the principles of hip-hop culture, you will engage in an in-depth study of social movements shaping History and urban settings across the United States. Through the use of various mediums such as the written and spoken word, performance-based literacy, oral history, and youth + community summits, we will establish an on-going, entrepreneurial and philanthropic platform for you to become the leaders of today.

You will create, produce, and sell two literary journals (a “magazine” of articles, poems, lyrics, photographs, and art/design).

You will produce a live youth + community summit and broadcast it to the public.

What are the course requirements for enrollment?

Grades 9-12
Prerequisites: a strong interest in Social Justice and Urban Arts

How many blocks do I need to schedule for this program?

Students enrolled in Urban Leadership 101 need to schedule 1 block, unless they are enrolled in the block 1 course, in which they would need to take an additional block with a different program. Urban Leadership 102 students need to take 1 block with us and an additional block after our class.

What careers will this program prepare me for?

UL101 aims to prepare students for careers in Human Services, Education, Entertainment, and Business.

What type of credit can I earn?

You will earn 0.5 elective credit per semester.

Are field trips and study tours available?

Students have the opportunity to compete for a spot on the competing slam team for the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival.

Students will have various performance/community-outreach opportunities via RunDSM.

Are there internships or jobs available through this program?

Urban Leadership 102 students engage in 8-week internships in local elementary schools, and 6-week internships in local non-profit organizations. Interested youth are eligible for employment through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, as well as RunDSM’s Half-Pints Poetry program.

What student organizations/competitions are available through this program?

Organizations Movement 515: Creative Writing Community Share the Mic: Community Voices Creating Change
Competitions DSM Teen Poetry Slam > Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival