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Powering Stories: Larry Valenzuela

by Larry Valenzuela UYWI is about powering the urban youth worker and we know that part of that is coming together and sharing our stories. Larry Valenzuela is one of those people, here is his story: About a year ago, my perspective on youth ministry began to shift. It started with a group of junior high […]

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Hold On and Hold Out

by D.A. Horton Mornings seem to be the most frustrating part of the day for me. No matter how early I wake up, it seems I’m always rushing out the door behind schedule. Come to think of it, there was a time when I was ready to surrender my heart to apathy because of a series […]

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Stand in the Place Where You Live

by Christian Mulitauopele UYWI is about powering the urban youth worker and we know that part of that is connecting with other leaders who understand your challenges and share your calling. Christian Mulitauopele is one of those leaders, here’s his story: At an early age, I understood the effects of the gang lifestyle, as they were made […]

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5 Ways to Root Out Your Own Hypocrisy

by Tommy Nixon The path to great leadership and effectiveness is found in our willingness to face our own hypocrisy. One thing I love about urban youth is that they can search out BS faster than most. After experiencing the cycle of pain and suffering through poverty, broken families and the violence of our culture […]

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Hope is Not Lost; The Meaning is

by Amy Williams The world defines hope as a possibility, “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” But our faith defines it as a sure thing. Hope in Scripture means “a strong and confident expectation.” Our hope is in the God of promises, the […]

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Youth Worker Spotlight

  “I have a passion to reach youth who come from broken homes and are making disastrous decisions, I feel I can relate given my upbringing. I grew up in Panorama City, (Los Angeles Area) where I faced many challenges. I know what its like to come from a broken home, a single- parent household, […]

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Free info Lunch or Dinner w/ Larry Acosta Bay Area

Dear Bay Area Urban Youth Workers,What does your growth and development plan include? Would you consider making our Bay Area 90 Degrees Certification Program part of your personal leadership development strategy?Join URBAN YOUTH WORKERS INSTITUTE for a gathering to encourage and connect urban youth workers, as well as a time to share about a next generation urban leader’s cohort […]

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Free info Lunch or Dinner with Larry Acosta

Dear Los Angeles Urban Youth Workers,What does your growth and development plan include? Would you consider making our Los Angeles 90 Degrees Certification Program part of your personal leadership development strategy?Join URBAN YOUTH WORKERS INSTITUTE for a gathering to encourage and connect urban youth workers, as well as a time to share about a next generation urban […]

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Here’s what Sara liked best about 360LA

We’re so excited about what God did at #360LA this past week! We heard from incredible speakers and leaders, and we got to see amazing artists rock the house. Most importantly, we saw urban youth leaders from all over the country come together to be renewed and inspired—people like you who make a profound impact in […]

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#360LA – What You Do Matters!

We’re in awe of what God did at #360LA this past week! We heard from incredible speakers and leaders like Efrem Smith, Eugene Cho, Christina Cleveland, and Propaganda who encouraged us with messages of true hope and purpose. We got to see amazing artists like Jackie Hill, B. Reith, and Jeanette IKZ rock the house […]