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What’s Happening in the Certification Program

The UYWI Certification program, formerly known as 90 Degrees, after a brief hiatus in 2020, relaunched in the Fall of 2021.  The program is a year-long journey for leaders and...
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Trauma-informed care and focus on mental health in youth ministry

The Church has been a central component in the lives of youth for generations, and for good reason. As research shows, a young person's faith can be a protective factor...
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Youth and ministry 411: Why is youth ministry so important for our collective future?

Urban areas are growing quickly, and with the growing population comes a larger demand for good leadership and discipleship, which is why youth and ministry go hand-in-hand.  Youth and ministry,...
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Are You an Urban Ally?

ARE YOU AN URBAN ALLY? Urban Youth Workers Institute "UYWI has been a game-changer. It was the reason why I was able to serve youth in crisis well, because as...
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Set Free: What Juneteenth Means For ALL of U.S.

Today we celebrate. But we also grieve that it's taken 156 years for African Americans to be included, truthfully, within the history of America and the American Dream. TEARS WELL...
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Networking Center

NETWORKING CENTER Urban Youth Workers Institute "UYWI brought me into a community of leaders that wanted to share resources, share stories, and save generations of youth. I was on the...
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Training Center

TRAINING CENTER Urban Youth Workers Institute "I am a Los Angeles-born powerhouse speaker, poet, husband, and father. I have shared my heart on countless stages over my ten-year career and...
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Magazine 2020

YEAR IN REVIEW "We are thankful for all that God has allowed us to be a part of during this pandemic. As you read through this magazine, cry, laugh, and...
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Brave Girls

MILEY WATERMAN NXT LVL Leader BRAVE GLOBAL The CEO of Brave Global, a non-profit determined to bring the gospel to young women, specifically young women ravaged by the evils of...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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