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God Belongs in School Too

UYWI has celebrated the God Belongs in My City movement since three student leaders and a frustrated Brooklyn youth pastor held their first New York City prayer walk three years ago. More than fifty cities and 60,000 tshirts later, GBIMC has taken on a life of its own. Their latest viral campaign urges students to […]

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Propaganda, Freely Given

Friends of UYWI are not strangers to Propaganda, the Los Angeles based spoken word artist, who has been featured at UYWI’s national conference and Reload events for years and is headlining 360 in September. Humble Beast offers his 2011 album Art Ambidextrous for free here. Take advantage of the offer and spread the word. Watch […]

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Changing the Odds in your Community

Geoffrey Canada describes his personal success story as “against the odds.”  Many of his childhood friends are dead or in jail, and others have battled lifelong addictions and chronic unemployment. Like him, most grew up fatherless and poor. By the mid-1990’s, Canada had personally overcome the odds that still conspire against millions of inner city […]

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Grace Still Abounds When They Grow Up

This past Christmas, featured the story of Jose “Cochise” Quiles, the founder and president of the New York City street gang Satan’s Sinners Nomads. Two thousand years later, the Word again became flesh for Cochise when Pastor Rick moved his family into the neighborhood; refused to be intimidated by taunts or horrified by a […]


Preview 360 with 3 FREE 60-minute downloads

UYWI eagerly anticipates our first national conference in three years this fall! The 360° experience comes to Nashville September 13th – 15th, in partnership with LifeWay Student Ministries. Our focus will be The Beautiful Struggle: Inner-life, Family & Ministry. Through training, collaboration, idea exchanges and resources, 360° will equip youth workers to lead transformational change in […]

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Natalie Warne: Being Young and Making a Difference

Veteran UYWI speakers like Harvey Carey challenge urban youth workers that, “youth ministry is not about ministering to youth but about empowering youth to minister.” (Download, for example, Harvey’s “Legacy People” general session talk at UYWI 2008). UYWI has attempted to model this idea by integrating “Plus-1” proteges at various Reload events (watch “Homegrown: The […]

Protest and Invest

“Protest and Invest” and Other Marketplace Lessons for Youth Workers

UYWI friend and frequent co-conspirator Rudy Carrasco has championed market-oriented solutions to youth poverty and joblessness for years. He summarizes his call for holistic economic justice as “Protest and Invest,” where we broaden our call for justice beyond assigning blame about the causes of poverty to asset creation and control. He’s been writing and communicating […]