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At UYWI, we want to ensure urban youth workers across everywhere are equipped not only with the tools to reach youth in urban communities, but the knowledge of the contexts and issues they are doing ministry within. From topics like gentrification, gang violence, or even quick tips about leadership, delve into our articles to become a well-informed urban youth leader, prepared for what’s ahead.

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Open Hands: Noemi Chavez leads Women in Urban Ministry

OPEN HANDS: NOEMI CHAVEZ LEADS WOMEN IN URBAN MINISTRY Noemi Chavez , Lead Pastor at Revive Church Noemi Chavez's radiant smile glows brightly when she talks about the transformative opportunities...
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Fueling the Future

FUELING THE FUTURE: UYWI IS DRIVING CONNECTION AND ENGAGING YOUTH LEADERS FOR CHANGE Jay English, Co-Campus Pastor at Journey Church Beach Park It was Jay English's bright and bold personality,...
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Then and Now: UYWI a living testament to “whole person” ministry

THEN & NOW: UYWI A LIVING TESTAMENT TO "WHOLE PERSON" MINISTRY Jeremy Del Rio, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Thrive Collective I was eight years old, walking the streets of...
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30 Years, Decades of Impact

"We believe that it is through the efforts of urban youth workers - who lead and disciple urban youth - that the tide of disinterest in following Christ will change."...
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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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