Alumni and Development

Bernard C. Watson Chair in Urban Education

Evidence based community focused educational initiatives is the heart of this distinguished Chair at the College of Education. Dr. James Earl Davis spearheads this important work and our commitment to improving the lives of children in Philadelphia and in particular, the area surrounding Temple University. 
Strong educational programs build a strong community. Your gift supports a strong north Philadelphia community. 
About the Bernard C. Watson Chair in Urban Education


Created under the Bernard C. Watson Chair in Education, the Urban Youth Leadership Academy (UYLA) began working with its first group of six middle school students in September 2016 for the pilot program. These students currently attend Tanner G. Duckrey School and Dunbar Academics Plus School, which neighbor Temple University’s main campus in North Philadelphia.

The Urban Youth Leadership Academy is designed to prepare middle school students for high school placement/studies through involvement in leadership projects, effective mentorship, and other scholarly activities. Urban Youth Leadership Academy participants are enrolled in a 9-month program that create opportunities for youth to develop personal strengths into leadership skills, foster relationships between youth & their schools and community so they become designers of their environment, and provide access to choice high schools and counseling.  The goal of the Urban Youth Leadership Academy is to increase the likelihood of high-school completion for students from underrepresented/disadvantaged segments of society that will ultimately create pathways to college.

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