Our youth leadership program, Urban University, is open to students in 7th through 12th grades who are committed, willing to give their best, and open to personal growth. Application windows are first extended to students living within the Erie City School District and then to students within surrounding Erie County areas.

Our program consists of three sessions within the year that include summer workshops and afterschool programs engaging students through a variety of hands-on learning experiences.

Youth Commerce

Youth Commerce provides students with diverse hands-on entrepreneurial and business experiences in condensed and micro formats.

Our Recent YC Partners


The UU #commUUnity offers students and their families a positive, safe, and engaging social culture that makes way for personal growth and healthy relationships.

Student Showcases and Opportunities

Youth Commerce Gallery Night: Thursday, December 1 from 6:00PM-7:30PM @ Erie Clay Space: 1501 State Street

Banner page for Gallery Night

Family Workshops

Basic of Self Defense in collaboration with Trinity Karate Outreach

Open Pickleball Play & Instruct in collaboration with Church of the Cross

Fire Cider Fermentation in collaboration with Wild Field Urban Farm

DIY Card Making

Auntie Elaine's Homemade Soft Pretzels and Donuts

Paper & Printmaking in collaboration with Grounded Print Shop

Introduction to Chess for Beginners & Challenge Chess for Experienced Players

LIVE Birds of Prey Presentation in collaboration with Tamarack Wildlife Center

RSVP for Family Workshops before deadline dates to ecmyouth@eriecitymission.org or 814-572-2365

Family Celebrations

When available, this section contains information related to end-of-session events and holiday celebrations.

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RoseMarie Croce
Director of Youth Ministries

814-452-4421 x226
Email RoseMarie