Urban literacy project

Who we are

Urban Literacy Project (ULP) offers a Mentoring Program for your school, improving outcomes of elementary, middle and high school students with academic improvement tools and social-emotional learning. Students are exposed to our LEADERSHIP FOR BOYS OF COLOR PROGRAM which provides cultural and career awareness through speakers and activities. We are a curriculum-based program using a building blocks workbook with supports and activities that align with State Standards.

Our resources

A companion to each student’s text, ULP uses Building Blocks to Leadership for Boys of Color Workbook
written by ULP educators, Dr. Steve P. Jefferson Ed.D and Dr. David Morrow Ed.D. Contents include lessons
using Bloom’s Taxonomy, KWL chart, essay writing, vocabulary building and more.
Our Building Blocks to Leadership for Boys of Color book collection includes:
✓ Student Workbook (elementary, middle and high school editions)
✓ Teacher’s Edition
✓ English Edition
✓ Spanish Edition
✓ STEM Curriculum, Green Technology & Sustainable Energy Edition
✓ Building Blocks to Leadership reader: Discusses issues and topics for possible solutions boys of color face
in today’s society

Qualification

Dr. Morrow brings 25 years of credentialled experience in education to ULP. He has extensive experience as a
classroom teacher, credentialed public school counselor (Professional Clear Pupil Personnel Credential), Director
of high schools, credentialed public school administrator (Assistant Principal and Principal w/Professional Clear
Administrative Services Credential), and District Director, international experience working with teachers and the
education ministers in China, West Indies, Spain (Madrid/Barcelona), and the Philippines.

Dr. Jefferson has 25 years of educational experience. He is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Academy
of Media & Technology Inc., a non-profit organization that has partnered on projects with ABC-Disney’s Talent
Diversity Program to provide inner-city children opportunities to work with established Hollywood writers,
directors and producers to create short films. He is also the co-founder of three adult learning charter schools
Home Sweet Home Youth Build, Pasadena Youth Build and Academy of Media & Technology. Dr. Jefferson
served as President of the USC International Public Policy & Business Association and was a member of Harvard
University Graduate School of Education Principal’s Center.

What your school will receive

Urban Literacy Project facilitators will partner with you in designing a program for students you choose which will
support your teachers’ efforts, impact an improvement in grades, address socialization and includes cultural
enrichment to foster diversity, inclusion and equity. At program’s end your school will receive evidence-based
outcomes. Our research shows that two days a week during or after school with a core group of students yields
the most positive outcomes at the end of each semester.
Specialists in the educational field will work with students you select who may benefit from support in the
following areas:

 Tutoring/study skills
Time management/goal setting
Career Exploration
Leadership building blocks discussions
Academic enrichment
Socialization roundtables
Cultural appreciation and enrichment
Guest speakers
And more

Our team

Dr. David Morrow, Co-Founder, Facilitator

Dr. Morrow brings 25 years of credentialled experience in education to ULP. He has extensive experience as a classroom teacher, credentialed public school counselor (Professional Clear Pupil Personnel Credential), Director of high schools, credentialed public school administrator (Assistant Principal and Principal w/Professional Clear
Administrative Services Credential), and District Director, international experience working with teachers and the education ministers in China, West Indies, Spain (Madrid/Barcelona), and the Philippines.

Dr. Steve Jefferson, Co-Founder

Dr. Jefferson has 25 years of educational experience. He is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Academy of Media & Technology Inc., a non-profit organization that has partnered on projects with ABC-Disney’s Talent Diversity Program to provide inner-city children opportunities to work with established Hollywood writers, directors and producers to create short films. He is also the co-founder of three adult learning charter schools Home Sweet Home Youth Build, Pasadena Youth Build and Academy of Media & Technology. Dr. Jefferson served as President of the USC International Public Policy & Business Association and was a member of Harvard
University Graduate School of Education Principal’s Center.