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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...