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Fund The Future: Tamar Reyes-Fernandez

TAMAR REYES-FERNANDEZ FUEL NETWORK LEADER NORTH BERGEN, NEW JERSEY "A million young people are leaving the church, I have seen it with my own eyes; it's like once they finish...

Fund The Future: Tanisha Browne

TANISHA BROWNE FUEL NETWORK LEADER QUEENS, NEW YORK "Through the JQC (Jamaica Queens Collaborative). The goal is to bring holistic change to our city. Through the JQC we care, we...

Fund The Future: Kimy Brennan

KIMY BRENNAN FUEL NETWORK LEADER LONG BEACH "I have been a part of the UYWI network for about five years. When I became a youth director in 2019 networking became...


What if I told you that there’s a massive mission field just waiting for you and your team to plug into? What if there were a way for you to...


We at UYWI held a lament a few weeks ago with some of our black brothers and Sisters. We poured out our lament and many of you watched. Now we...

Graduation 2.0

Imagine running an entire marathon only to have the finish line disappear before you cross it. Was all of this running and sweating in vain? You earned that finish line,...

Dear American Church, is Diversity in your DNA?

Diversity and inclusion have become a popular topic of discussion across all segments of life. Whether it’s gender equality in school sports, the wage gap, or racial inclusion we still...

How To Have A Transformative Mentoring Conversation With An Urban Teenager

Can a conversation really make a difference?  Michael Freeman writes about the power that one conversation can have on the trajectory of a young person’s life. What if you and...

How to care for oneself during COVID-19: Practical steps for Pastors & Christian Leaders

This article was originally published by the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College and republished with permission from the author. Infectious disease outbreaks, such as the one currently unfolding, can...

6 Creative Ways To Engage Youth During Social Distancing

Two months ago, COVID-19, popularly known as coronavirus, was once nothing more than a blip in the news cycle. But today, much of life is temporarily on hold. With the...

Being Asian American in the Midst of COVID-19

This article was originally published on and republished with permission from the author, Grace P. Cho. Grace is the (in)courage Editorial Manager and has also served as a workshop...

I Am Not a Democrat

Can you look past my complexion? This question is a common thought in the minds of Black Americans, from every cultural and ethnic background. Constantly considering the potential of facing...