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New Urban Leadership Initiative Seeks First Fellows

Posted By Raymond A. Jetson, MetroMorphosis, Thursday, March 20, 2014



"I am very excited about the Urban Leadership Development Initiative. This program is an opportunity to identify and engage emerging young leaders who are passionate about our inner city neighborhoods. Our goal is to equip them with the skills to make a meaningful difference."

  -Raymond A. Jetson, MetroMorphosis President and CEO




Improving our urban communities requires a strong pipeline of emerging and existing leaders dedicated to addressing and solving pressing issues.

To meet these challenges, MetroMorphosis is launching the Urban Leadership Development Initiative (ULDI). This year-long program will teach 12 select individuals how to identify opportunities, develop innovative solutions and build coalitions designed to foster positive, long-term change. 

ULDI fellows will be exposed to six months of engaging dialogue, dynamic guest speakers, and some of the daily challenges within the Baton Rouge community. Partnered with a local non-profit organization for the remaining six months of the program, ULDI fellows will develop and implement a personal project designed to improve and/or address a specific urban neighborhood's need.

Skills to be developed in the ULDI program are:

  • Sensing need and opportunity
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Communicating vision
  • Building coalitions
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Community engagement




Dates to Remember:

  1. Sunday, April 20, 2014- Applications will be accepted until 8:00 pm.
  2. May 9, 2014- Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail.
  3. June 13, 2014- 12-month program will begin. ULDI fellows will meet on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. 


METROMORPHOSIS: A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, MetroMorphosis was founded in 2013. The mission of MetroMorphosis is to develop and mobilize a critical mass of engaged citizens in inner city neighborhoods to design and implement sustainable solutions to persistent community challenges.

MetroMorphosis has developed three "change agent-centered” programs to make a positive impact in North Baton Rouge and beyond: Urban Congregations, Urban Leadership Development Initiative, and Better Baton Rouge. The mission is supported by donations from individuals, corporations, grants and fundraising.


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