Erik Dickinson, President of Urban Ranger Corps, on helping youth achieve life-long growth and development

Erik Dickinson serves as the President of the Urban Ranger Corps. Urban Ranger Corps (URC) is about building up caring and responsible young men. Its mission is to prepare at-risk urban youth for responsible and productive futures through a program of disciplined work experience and service in their community, leadership development and individualized planning for post-high school careers. The Urban Ranger Corps (URC) was founded in 2005 by Father John Wandless, then serving pastor of St. Louis Catholic Church and School, once located in Kansas City’s urban core at 59th and Swope Parkway.

The Urban Ranger Corps provides boys and young men ages 12 to 18 with a unique opportunity to develop the appropriate life skills necessary for them to become successful and contributing members of society. It offers each participant a global view in the content areas of Career & Academic Enrichment, Financial & Entrepreneurial Education and Neighborhood & Community Involvement. URC has worked with more than 973 young men since its beginning, many of whom have gone on to college, joined the military or entered into the workforce.

Host/producer/engineer:  Donna Morrow Wolfe


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