Summer is officially here! Although some would think that means moving at a lower pace, UrbanFUTURE is busier than ever! This summer will mark the first year of our UrbanFUTURE Summer Leadership Academy, which begins on June 29th at our office on Olive Street in downtown St. Louis.
Many of you have visited our humble “headquarters” and know what a beautiful building it is. While it is beautiful, it is also a 125-year-old brick house in need of some work. We have already completed our environmental remediation and fixed our HVAC to allow for air conditioning for both the downstairs and upstairs. Last week, we began our build-out of the upstairs rooms to accommodate the students and staff this summer at the Leadership Academy. There will be a computer lab and well as workstations for our kids, and the expanded office space will allow our staff to spread out a bit. Construction will also include a much-needed new roof! Our current roof leaks terribly and has caused some interior damage, which will also be addressed before the Academy begins. It’s all very exciting to watch our office transform and improve to make way for our kids!
The Summer Leadership Academy will focus on tutoring, leadership and character formation, college financial aid and scholarship awareness, job search training and resume writing, and includes both educational and recreational field trips. Our staff is hard at work developing a strong curriculum to advance our students’ learning, and to ensure that their time with us this summer is focused and impactful.
Please save the date of July 16 to join us as we celebrate the completion of the first session of our Leadership Academy! It will be an evening of great food, drinks, music and a raffle with some spectacular prizes – all spent with UF staff, students, parents, and supporters. Our Leadership Academy students will be one step closer to tomorrow’s workforce, and that is truly something to celebrate!
Sincere wishes for a safe and joyous summer,
Frank Van Bree