At Urban, we encourage all students to be leaders by providing diverse opportunities for them to take responsibility for the safety and well-being of the school community. This personal leadership is nurtured through collaboration and conversation in the classroom, in advising, on the athletic field, on outdoor trips, in the service learning program and in our clubs. Involvement in all of these fosters responsibility, assertiveness, consistency, a willingness to be a role model, ability to identify problems and solutions, approachability, and the ability to inspire and motivate others.
We also encourage students to take on public leadership roles with responsibilities to direct school-wide conversations and activities. Students are elected to the student government and various faculty/student committees. Our Peer Resource, Peer Tutor and Peer Health Educator (HIPE) programs involve an application and review process. Students also start their own clubs and practice developing goals and agendas with faculty support.