Trauma-informed care and focus on mental health in youth ministry

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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 against negative behaviors and outcomes. However, despite one’s faith and the church, trauma-informed care is often not emphasized enough or even talked about within the…

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Are You an Urban Ally?

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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 an urban youth leader I felt believed in and empowered. I went from attending the UYWI National Conference as a youth to becoming an urban…

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Set Free: What Juneteenth Means For ALL of U.S.

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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 UP IN MY EYES As I sit here watching the signing of Juneteenth as a national holiday, tears well up in my eyes. I think…

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Networking Center

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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 edge of quitting when UYWI provided the energy, tools, and community to do what I love and to become better.” WILL CUMBY Instagram – @willc27…

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Training Center

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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 I am passionate about issues of justice, love, marriage, fatherhood, and faith.” ALEXANDER JAMES Instagram – @bhonest_ UYWI’s Resource Developer Every year, 1.2 million young…

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Magazine 2020

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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 celebrate with us, just know we couldn’t have had this year of exponential, vital, & relevant ministry impact without you.” TABLE OF CONTENTS 04WELCOME WELCOME…

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Dear American Church, is Diversity in your DNA?

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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 see the lingering side effects of a country built on cultural supremacy and segregation.

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