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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

New Year, Old Message

From all of us at Urban Youth Workers Institute, Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! With the start of every New Year, people embrace the opportunity to have a fresh start.  We make resolutions to improve our quality of life, pursue interests we want to develop into...