Greetings Students and Parents

The Erie City Mission's Urban University youth program exists to develop junior high and high school students (7th-12th grade) in Erie County toward servant leadership through a variety of experiences that include career exploration, academic enrichment, mentorship, service learning, and faith formation.

Our program schedule hosts a variety of hands-on learning and family experiences that offer participants the opportunity to learn and practice a leadership and growth mindset. Each course includes challenging content, projects and experiences, and a meal, that are led and facilitated by caring and dedicated instructors and mentors..

If you are up for the challenge, we look forward to the privilege of supporting your pursuit of personal, leadership, and spiritual growth. Contact the Director of Youth Ministries by phone or email with any questions, RoseMarie Lackey at 814-452-4421 x226 or rmlackey@eriecitymission.org.

Start your leadership adventure with Urban University today!


Your Next Steps

Whether you are new to our program or a returning student, follow these steps to apply for the upcoming session.

1. Students and parents -

Review our program schedule and requirements.
Students are welcome to apply for as many courses as they like keeping in mind the high level of commitment expected at Urban University.
**Please note: some courses may require a prerequisite in order to participate.

    2. Students and parents -

    Review our program contract.
    Due to our limited capacity, we ask that you carefully consider these guidelines and expectations. We are intentionally looking for students who are willing to give their best effort, show respect, be 100% committed, and progress toward a growth and servant leadership mindset.

    3. Students ONLY -

    Complete ONE of the following leadership questionnaires based on your current status with Urban University.
    Please answer the questions to the best of your ability and be prepared to discuss your answers during the interview.

    UU Leadership Questionnaire ~ First-time Student

    UU Leadership Questionnaire ~ Returning Student

    4. Students or parents -

    Submit a copy of the student's most recent grade report to the Program Director, RoseMarie Lackey at rmlackey@eriecitymission.org.
    You can email a copy of the document or send a photo.

    5. NEW Students and parents ONLY-

    Use the following link to provide us with your contact information and other relevant details.
    We strive to provide the best care and instruction possible. Any information we collect is held in the strictest of confidence using the most up-to-date safety and encryption. Should you have any questions or concerns while filling out the form, please contact the Program Director, RoseMarie Lackey at 814-452-4421 x226.

    UU Program Application

    6. Students and parents -

    Once ALL prior steps are completed, contact the Program Director, RoseMarie Lackey at 814-452-4421 x226 or email rmlackey@eriecitymission.org, to set up an in-person interview.
    Both parents and students are expected to participate in the interview as we see this communication and connection as a critical part of the equation in partnering with you toward your child's personal development.


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    RoseMarie Lackey
    Director of Youth Ministries

    814-452-4421 x226
    Email RoseMarie