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Sex and Dating

The church and urban youth workers sometimes have a hard time talking about this subject of sex and dating. We wanted to give you a guide you can use today in your own youth group. These tools can help you discuss this topic that some might be hesitant to bring up. Luma Haddad is a […]


From 13 students to 3,000 students

We help LAUNCH leaders by platforming them so they can have the greatest impact with urban youth. Jeremy Del Rio has been connected with UYWI for over 15 years. Throughout those years, Jeremy has journeyed through our entire process: connect, learn, grow, lead, and launch. It was through the UYWI community of leaders that opportunities were given to […]


His closest student got locked-up

We are here to help you LEAD an amazing, risk-taking, faith journey that will transform the inner city. We believe in what God is doing in and through you. We believe in the potential of the students that God has put in your way. We believe that the power of the gospel changes lives. You are a […]


From Camp to Church Plant

Byron, a recent graduate of the 90 Degrees Certification Program, is launching a youth church in the West Adams neighborhood of South Los Angeles. When Byron was fifteen-years-old he was brought to The Oaks Camp and Conference Center by youth workers from the World Impact Teen Center. I happened to be the speaker that weekend, […]


Engaging the Trauma Youth Face

Sometimes we get in over our head. Our youth experience life-changing and traumatic situations that we are not prepared to deal with. The way in which we engage those situations is crucial to how our youth understand God as a loving father. It opens their eyes to the hope of the Kingdom of God. UYWI […]


Be a Part of the Impact

We are excited to celebrate our 25 years of helping urban leaders grow their capacity and impact in the inner city. We hope you are enjoying the stories of impact we have been sharing with you as we connect, learn, grow, lead and launch leaders like you to have a greater impact in the lives of urban youth. We need your help to […]


We suffer in Isolation

“We suffer in isolation but we heal in community.” If you have ever been around Larry Acosta you would have heard these words. At UYWI we believe in this statement. What you do and who you work with can change the world. But that won’t happen alone. There is an amazing network of Kingdom workers […]


You’re Part of this Community

There is a deep sense of comfort and understanding when you have lived through something that is unique and you meet someone else who understands it. When you don’t feel the need to explain systems of poverty or why young people make bad choices. When you connect deeply with others who understand the pain of […]


Exciting Things to Share

For 25 years we have been resourcing, training and developing urban leaders like you to have a greater impact in the inner city. YOU have done incredible things in the name of Christ; and we have been so honored to walk with you, cheer you on, cry with you and support you in your work […]


25 Years of Impact

In 1993, Larry Acosta had a dream to help ethnic leaders working in the hardest places in our country be resourced, trained, and developed. This was the birth of Urban Youth Workers Institute. Larry’s bold leap to move out of a great church ministry role into trailblazing the leading urban youth ministry in the country […]


I’m ready to come home

When a 13 year old takes responsibility for his actions and puts his mind to allowing God to change him you know there was a process to get there. For Malachi, that process started long before he was even born. Malachi’s mentor is Damon Johnson. Damon started and runs TCF, Tennessee Chosen Few Basketball, a […]


Unreachable Goal

“OUR GOAL WAS UNREACHABLE, BUT GOD HAD A DIFFERENT PLAN…” Caleb Reed is the Executive Director of Aim Right Ministries in Phoenix Arizona, and the idea of Big Holy Audacious Goal (BHAG) has stuck with him ever since he learned about it in the UYWI 90 Degrees Certification Program. In 2017, he was creating his strategic […]


Bulletproof Center

WHEN GOD GIFTS YOU A BULLET PROOF COMMUNITY CENTER, YOU CAN’T SAY NO. Eric and Shawana Myhre have been youth pastors for the last 16 years but felt God calling them to more. They live in Oakland on the edge of what is known as the Acorn which are housing projects in West Oakland. Eric and […]


You Make Things Happen

A personal account from a faithful and generous UYWI financial supporter. In February, I was blessed to have hosted in my home, the first ever Urban Youth Workers Institute Women’s Urban Youth Workers Speaker Training Retreat. This event was led by two outstanding speakers Noemi Chavez, Pastor at 7th Street Church in Long Beach, and […]