Education
LEVEL UP

Level Up is a culturally competent transformational program designed to provide young scholars of color with academic support, personal development assistance, financial literacy comprehension, mentorship and encouragement through self-advocacy.

At the beginning of and periodically throughout the school year, Level Up staff will connect with counselors, teachers, and coaches to identify students of color that have exhibited signs of trauma or may struggle with behavior, attendance or grades.

Once these students have been identified, Level Up staff engages with them 3 times per week after school to provide:

  • Support for students to complete and get assistance with school work while working toward achieving classroom and standard learning outcomes;
  • One-on-one mentorship with ULMS educational staff;
  • Opportunities to participate in events and activities in the community;
  • Access to successful black and brown professionals who can motivate and encourage students in their areas of interest;
  • An overall positive learning environment in each school served.

Level Up program participants can expect to achieve the following outcomes: 

  • Increase participant’s success in education and/or school retention
  • Establish individualized personal and professional goals outlined in a their very own personal assessment plan
  • Increase participant’s enrollment into post-secondary education and/or placement into employment
  • Engagement in positive pro-social activities that will encourage and inspire youth development
  • Explore the benefits of positive engagement within their communities
  • Overall positive youth development

What are the benefits for students who choose to participate in the Level Up program?

  • College Application Assistance
  • Exposure to secondary education opportunities, including those at Historically Black Colleges & Universities
  • Financial Literacy Development
  • College and Career Exploration
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Financial Aid, FAFSA Application, and WAFSA Assistance
  • Positive Social Activity Exposure 
  • Mentorship & Tutoring Services
  • PSAT and SAT Prep
  • Bi-Weekly Grade & Attendance Check-Ins

Students interested in participating in the Level Up program must meet the following requirements: 

  • 12 – 18 years of age

The Level Up program is open to any individual with a diverse background, including but not limited to:

  • Youth who have been formerly justice involved
  • Those experiencing homelessness

The Level Up program currently operates in 3 schools within the Seattle/King County area, including:

  • Rainier Valley Academy
  • Rainier Beach High School
  • Cleveland High School

Any student enrolled in the schools above can contact their school counselor to connect with Level Up program managers.

Students who are interested in participating in the program but do not attend a school listed above can still join! If your student falls into this category, please call 206.461.3792 or send an email jpetty@urbanleague.org

I can be changed by what happens to me; I refuse to be reduced by it.

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Level Up is dedicated to making your student a success!

Part of the Level Up program includes exposing our students to positive social and community activities to deepen their sense of self, broaden their horizons and encourage the empowerment of others!

SUPPORT SERVICES

We support our students and their families 100% of the way.

Level Up provides family engagement support services which include employment and housing opportunities for families seeking economic stability and prosperity. Academic success is a TEAM effort, starting with a stable home environment. Parents are highly encouraged to take advantage of any of the outlined family wrap around services.

Housing Services

  • Pre & Post Purchase Homebuyer Counseling
  • Mortgage Mediation/ Default Counseling
  • Reverse Mortgage/HECM (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage)
  • Criminal Record Expungement/Fair Housing/Employment
  • Rental Counseling/Housing Search Assistance
  • Immediate Shelter Assistance
  • Financial Budget Preparedness

Individuals interested in receiving assistance through Housing programs or services should contact us at 206.461.3792 or visit the Urban League’s main office at 105 14th Ave, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98122

 

Workforce Development

  • Career Bridge 
  • Career Bridge Advantage (CBA)
  • Priority Hire
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Employment Placement Assistance
  • Urban Tech 

Individuals interested in receiving assistance through Workforce programs or services should visit the Workforce tab in the menu above.