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RMU Hosts Black Male Leadership Development Institute 

Moon Township, Pa. – Robert Morris University is partnering with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh to host the Black Male Leadership Development Institute from June 14-19.

The program is open to African American teenage boys in high school, and its mission is to prepare them to become community leaders and encourage them to pursue an education. They will spend the week at RMU’s Moon Township campus, participating in workshops and other activities designed to instill good communication, leadership and personal management skills.

“This will be an intensive, but transformative, experience for them,” said program coordinator Rex Crawley, associate professor and head of RMU’s Department of Communications.

It is the third year the Urban League is holding the event, and the second time that RMU is its host. The event is expanded from last year, when it took place over a weekend. It is open to 50 teens in grades nine through 12 who must complete a competitive application process.

Youths participate in the program free of charge. It is funded by a $25,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments.

The deadline for applications is May 27. For more information contact Florence Rouzier at frouzier@ulpgh.org or (412) 227-4215.


The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center of learning and educational excellence, and a home to diversity and inclusion. Committing to helping its region thrive as a whole community – economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally – the foundation works within Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the nation to develop solutions to challenges that are national and even international in scope. One of the largest and most innovative independent philanthropic foundations in the country, the Endowments awarded more than $75 million in grants in 2008.