Urban Youth Leadership Academy


UYLA works alongside urban youth cultivating their vision for a purpose, eqipping them for leadership, and empowering them for action.


Urban Roots

Urban Roots is a leadership program for emerging high school leaders who want to explore their identity, purpose, and environment as they embrace the challenge of servant-leadership in their communities.

Uniquely Equipped to lead

Leadership retreat at Camp CaseyUrban youth are uniquely equipped for global-urban leadership. They grow up in multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual contexts. They:

  • Know how to navigate life's complexities
  • Know how to build relationships across cultural boundaries
  • Know the value of community
  • Demonstrate determination and resiliency


UYLA provides leadership development and training encouraging multicultural youth and young adults to engage in their communities, pursue higher education, and serve in the global urban context perpetuating the cycle of community development.

UR Thursdays

Urban Roots uses dialogical and experiential learning, narratives, and mentoring relationships to empower emerging youth to live transformed lives as influential and visionary servant leaders in the global urban village. 

Focusing on faith, community, identity and leadership, students encounter cultural norms such as high expectations, critical thinking, and healthy community.


Lake B Thursdays

July 6, 2017

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church

Rainier Valley Thursdays

July 6, 2017

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

at Seattle Union Gospel Mission's Youth Reach Out Center


UR Retreat

Leadership retreat at Camp Casey
Leadership Retreat closes each summer with a weekend of holistic enrichment at Young Life Breakaway Lodge in Gearheart, Oregon. Youth, young adults, and community leaders have rare opportunities to experience times of community building, reflection, and empowerment before heading into a new school year.


UR Partnerships

UYLA works in collaboration with youth development organizations and local leaders to create a community culture of servant leadership.


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