Urban Wings and Aerospace Leadership Club


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Urban Wings & Aerospace Leadership Club is a supplemental education program for middle school and high school youngsters with the “greatest need.” With aviation at its core, the program explores the holistic development of young people through hands-on learning strategies using applied mathematics, related STEM activities, and character development with a special focus on the Tuskegee Airmen: their courage, aviation prowess, perseverance, loyalty, education and leadership. 


Core Values

A. Urban Wings & Aerospace Leadership Club treasures the “Character, Courage, and Commitment” that reveal the leadership and achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen. 

B. “Effective Schools”  research is a reliable and powerful intervention. It is especially powerful when implemented in urban settings by people who understand, thoroughly, diverse cultures. 

C. “Frontier” classrooms provide the best opportunity, and a professional obligations, to mediate learning; particularly language, applied mathematics, and social development. All instructors, mentors, and teachers want to see their students succeed, but don’t always know how. 

D. “We can, whenever and wherever choose , successfully teach all children whose education is of interest to us. We already know more than we need in order to do this. Whether we do it or not, must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven’t so far.” – Dr. Ron Edmonds

E. We are savvy enough to design curriculum, build environments, and heighten the quality of teacher-student relationships to effectively educate all our children and engage the active support of the stakeholders in our school communities. 

About Us

Urban Wings and Aerospace Leadership Club… is a club.  This means the membership has an organization. Young aviators are essentially connected to the operation of an organization where they meet, make decisions, propose and vote on actions, learn Roberts Rules of Order and engage the integrated studies of culture, history, aviation, communication, and STEM. 

Founded in 2015, by Michael Chappie Grice, Urban Wings and Aerospace Leadership Club is a non-profit entity whose aim is to pique the interest of middle and high school students by introducing them to Aviation and Aviation history; particularly, the Tuskegee Airmen, and business education concepts through aviation simulation, applied mathematics, business seminars, case studies, and entrepreneurial challenges. 

The program has two divisions: “The Members” and “The Champions.” Young men and women comprise the “Members,” and only “Elders” aviators, war veterans, and investors comprise “The Champions.” The champions cheer us on. They direct us with creative and visionary thinking, and they point the organization toward resources and opportunities.

The members meet twice monthly, sometimes on line, and review the business of the club: its finances, opportunities the challenges of going to school, progress of members in their aviation studies, and the calendar of events. The Champions set their own goals and deliver as they can.

Our early efforts, in recent years, are now paying off. Urban Wings and Aerospace Club has cultivated promising affiliations with similar programs: Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum in Compton, Calif., Pacific West Aerospace Academy in Seattle, and the Legacy Flight Academy in Tuskegee, Alabama. Mr. Grice holds an honorary membership with the Atlanta Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, and has cultivated partnerships with several colleges specializing in applied mathematics, applied business, aviation, aerodynamics, and traffic control. 


We are happy to welcome middle and high school students to participate in the club.

We also welcome parents, mentors, sponsors and advocates to join in our national council of advisors,

 “The Council of Champions”.

                                                        About the Director


Michael “Chappie” Grice is a teacher, administrator, coach, mentor, researcher, college instructor, entrepreneur, arts advocate, raconteur, grandfather, and documentary filmmaker. He has worked more than 40 years in public education. He holds a B.A. from Cornell College (Iowa), and M.A.T. from Reed College (Oregon).

         Michael “Chappie” Grice: UWALC Director

Developing leaders through experience, study, and ingenuity.