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The Urban Assembly Joins RBLP’s Giving Back Program

Students and faculty at an Urban Assembly School

In our next venture as part of RBLP’s “Giving Back” program, we are happy to announce that our team is certifying members of the staff of The Urban Assembly in Building Resilient Teams™!

Students at the Urban Assembly School For Applied Math And Science.Founded in 1990 by Richard Kahan to address a wide range of poverty issues in the US and the developing world, the Urban Assembly grew from a planning effort to transform a devastated 300-block area of the South Bronx, New York in the mid-1990’s. That effort identified the lack of high-quality local secondary schools as a major concern and recommended creating model high schools, each tied to a major local institution. Since their first school opening in 1997, The Urban Assembly has opened over 20 campuses, scaling up promising programs and partnering with hundreds of public, private and non-profit sector partners to increase educational opportunities and close the opportunity gap for thousands of low-income youth in New York City.

Each school in the program has unique aspects – among them are campuses dedicated to Applied Math and Science, Law and Justice, Leadership and Development, Performing Arts and many more – but as members of The Urban Assembly family of schools they have shared beliefs and characteristics. Among these are the fact that Urban Assembly schools are open to all students; principals are instructional leaders of their school communities who are responsible for preparing their students for college and career success; successful classroom instruction includes student-centered learning, with dedicated time for frequent teacher conferencing, as well as independent reading and writing; and the schools strive to prepare students for post-secondary success by ensuring that they have the knowledge, skills and social-emotional attributes necessary for success in postsecondary education and economically viable career pathways in a 21st century economy.

The Urban Assembly staff are being instructed by Jody Fletcher and Charles Steen, who volunteered their time to teach the exam prep training course.

Watch a clip on social emotional learning at the Urban Assembly High School for Media Studies: 

To learn more about The Urban Assembly, visit them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter, and see their website for more detailed information about their programs.


Taking care of our community is a core value at the Resilience-Building Leader Program. Our primary Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative is to provide RBLP exam prep and leadership certifications to front-line supervisors, middle managers, and senior leaders at selected charitable nonprofit organizations at no cost.

Learn more about how we are Giving Back to the community.

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