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Multiplying and Bearing Fruit

The investment that UYWI makes in training high capacity leaders is producing a fruit-bearing, multiplying movement of well–equipped urban youth leaders who are reaching and discipling at-risk youth in their cities. Tommy Nixon is a UYWI veteran leader and also the founder of Solidarity. Solidarity empowers believers to be dynamic followers of Christ whose lifestyle […]


Fatherlessness in the City

11/18/13- Today was a first. When asking my students to raise their hand if their immediate parent had ever been in jail, almost 75% of my kids raised their hand. The stories continued and one student asked to share about his dad. His dad had tried to poison him to kill him when he was […]

Jesus Christ

God’s Redemptive Story

Dear UYWI Family, I was recently trying to explain to a brand new believer what the bible was. I’ve heard people describe the bible as God’s “manual” for living. Personally, I think that doesn’t do the bible justice. I prefer to describe it as a collection of stories, told from the beginning of time, from […]

College Students Studying Together at Park

Empowering Youth on School Campuses

In 2013, we successfully launched THRIVE trainings in Atlanta, Los Angeles and  Oakland. Our goal is to equip leaders with the skills and tools needed to reach youth in their local school campuses. Jared Dawson from Campus Crusade for Christ/ Blueprint Church in Atlanta GA shares his Thrive experience below: “My senior year in college was […]

Casey Carrasco

Empowering Leaders to Lead

EPiC Ministries I am currently enrolled in the UYWI’s 90 Degrees Certification Program and I serve youth at EPiC Ministries. The name EPiC Youth is very important to our vision of Jr High and High School Ministry. Endless Power in Christ is what we want to impress upon the minds, hearts, and souls of all the […]

Thank You card with fall leaves

Thank You!

Dear Urban Youth Workers Institute family, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. This was largely shaped by my memories as a child at my Aunt Alice’s farmhouse where she and my Mom would cook up the most amazing Thanksgiving delicacies. The magnificent smells that came out of that kitchen were unrivaled and today still […]


Empowering Youth – Lot318

Letty is currently enrolled in the UYWI Los Angeles 90 Degrees cohort and is the Director of LOT318 which stands for “Loving Others in Truth” from the verse 1 John 3:18. LOT318 exists to minister to at risk youth and their community by empowering them to see their worth and purpose in this world. They […]