Urban Leaders in Training

Over the course of an intensive service year, these young people gather weekly to learn how to most effectively lead in our urban environment. With guest lectures and off-site activities, the team delved into six leadership styles that help them define their experience: contextual, peace-making, relational, creative, reconciling and wounded.

Leadership Training Sites

ULT recognizes the need for partnership in renewing our city and that the spiritual and social lives of Tacomans are not mutually exclusive. Our team members are placed at both faith based and community organizations to ensure that all voices are heard and perspectives valued. This past year we had 25 members serving at 14 different sites in Tacoma.

  • Northwest Leadership Foundation
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • The Rescue Mission
  • Tacoma Housing Authority
  • Urban Grace Church
  • City of Tacoma
  • University Place Presbyterian Church
  • Foundation for Tacoma Students
  • South Sound Outreach
  • Catherine Place
  • Metropolitan Development Council
  • Tacoma Art Museum
  • 4-H Tech Wizards


Leadership Members Next Steps

Throughout their service year, members were taught to see their city with hopeful eyes and given the tools they need to build a positive community. Of the 25 young adults on our 2012 team, 48% began full time jobs after completion, 32% went on to Graduate School and 20% returned for a second year with ULT. Our newest group of Urban Leaders in Training started September 2013 and are ready to take over this city. With members in 15 different sites ranging from SOTA to The Rescue Mission to the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, this team will experience the challenging and the beautiful sides of working in our urban environment.

To learn more about ULT visit www.northwestleadership.org or contact Director Kari Engelson at (253) 272-0771 ext.122 or at: kengelson@northwestleadership.org