Improving our urban communities requires a stream of emerging and existing leaders dedicated to addressing pressing issues. To meet these challenges, MetroMorphosis created the Urban Leadership Development Initiative (ULDI).

“As a community, we share common goals to make the livelihoods of all people better.”

The year-long program teaches select individuals how to identify opportunities, develop innovative solutions, and build coalitions designed to foster positive, long-term change.

Each participant is required to design and implement a “change effort” to improve an urban neighborhood. A critical component of this effort is the personal connection and mentorship from Raymond A. Jetson.


As a community, we share common goals to make the livelihoods of all people better. We focus on:

Overcoming challenges

Innovative problem-solving

Communicating our vision

Building coalitions

Developing working teams

Assessing needs & opportunities

Community engagement


“The amazing readings and mentors like Dr.Lori changed my view of leadership. I gained so much perspective on what real community change looks like and the complex web of the social issues we face. I connected with like minded people and we still work together to use the tools we learned at ULDI.” – Tyra Banks, ULDI Class of 2016

Thank you for your interest in the Urban Leadership Development Initiative. A leadership class is currently underway, thus we are not accepting applications at this time. The application process will re-open in March 2019. For more information, feel free to reach us at 225.663.2198.


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4163 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

(225) 663-2198



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