FAQ – Urban Leadership

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?

How many blocks do I need to schedule for this program?
At this time, you need to schedule 2 blocks to enroll in UL101. Block 1/5 you will be enrolled in UL101 and block 2/6 you will be enrolled in Graphic Communications, Digital Media, or Broadcasting & Film.

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.

What certifications will I earn?

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?

UL101 students will have internship opportunities through RunDSM starting the summer of 2014. Student interns will be required to assist in the planning and implementation of the 2-week, 7.5 summer program, Minorities on the Move.

What student organizations/competitions are available through this program?

Movement 515: Creative Writing Community
Share the Mic: Community Voices Creating Change

DSM Teen Poetry Slam > Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival