Urban Leadership Academy

Coming this June


Teens (15 - 18) will begin June and end September of 2017.  Young Adults (19 - 26) will begin June and end in June of 2018.   Fees will include 1 mission field trip to the LA Dream Center. 

The students of ULA are part of a movement that is visibly and tangibly changing the atmosphere of one of the most influential cities in the world. We have the honor of meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the people of the Tri-Cities every single day through our Ministry Tracks.


Adopt-A-Block: Known as the heart beat of the Dream Center, Adopt-A-Block doesn’t just happen on Saturdays, but through out the week as well. Things need to be prepared, people need to be served, events need to be planned- and this track is responsible for helping get these things done.

Youth Ministry Training: The Youth Ministry Training tracks are ones in which students will learn the ins and outs of youth ministry. From service development to administrative work and from mentorship to outreach, students with a desire to work with young people will learn exactly what it takes to be effective in today’s youth culture. The Youth Ministry Training is broken down into three separate tracks: Youth Outreach, Youth Administration, and the Youth Center. These tracks are a great way for Dream Center Urban Leadership Academy students to be involved with the youth and make an impact in their lives.

Marketing: Students in this track will be working with the Dream Center Marketing Department to help with graphic design, photography and social media. Students may also assist with website maintenance and development of promotional material for the Dream Center and the ministries that operate on a daily bases.

Church Relations: Community is a big part of the Dream Center, and that theme carries over to our church here in the Tri-Cities. Making them feel welcome and at home from the moment they pull into the parking lot. The Church Relations track is responsible for helping create the atmosphere at services along with helping in the offices during the week making sure the members  feel connected and appreciated.

Events: The biggest aspect of the Dream Center is outreach. Our events are the most effective way to get plugged into the neighborhood and meet the needs of the community. Students in the Events track would be responsible for planning, setting up, and running the events we put on at the Dream Center. Some of our larger events include: The Back to School Bash, our Thanksgiving Turkey Give-Away, and our Christmas Bike Give-Away.

Human Trafficking Program: Through the Human Trafficking Program women are rescued and restored from a life of torture and abuse. Students in this track are responsible for creating learning opportunities for our residents, including cultural and educational activities. They also create the calendars and facilitate the events, activities, and crafts. This outreach is highly difficult and sensitive in nature, so ULA student must be female and over the age of 22 in order to be eligible for this life-changing track.

Short-Term Mission: Our Short-Term Mission opportunity gives people from all over the world exposure and training to all of the different facets of ministry at the Dream Center in one week’s time. Students in this track get to help book teams, host them while they are here, and experience all of the different outreaches. This track is perfect for the students that are interested in obtaining a really good grasp on all aspects of the Dream Center ministry

Operation Red Eye: In ORE, our free clothing store located at the Dream Center, students sort through pieces of donated clothing and shoes for men, women and children. They help create a beautiful boutique for people in need to come in and receive free items for themselves and their families. Students also help run the weekly clothing outreach, where many of people line up along the sidewalk of to receive desperately needed clothes.

Children’s ministry: ULA students in this track are taught how to run a children’s ministry, from preparing for services, to doing follow up and conducting kids outreaches. Anyone interested in working with children in any capacity would greatly benefit from being a part of this track.