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From Gangs to Ministry

I was born in Los Angeles and raised in a poor community in Fresno, CA. I am intimately connected with the inner-city since I was a gang-member and school drop-out. In prison, God called me and my life took a radically different direction. I became the first in my family to graduate from university, completing […]


Mentoring Young Men – ManHood Camp

On August 2-3, 150 middle and high school youth and their leaders gathered at Biola University for our 2-day ManHood Camp – an event designed to help urban young men gain practical wisdom, inspiration and tools for becoming the men God created them to be. Our team of dynamic speakers shared valuable insights regarding purity, […]

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The Impact of Media Saturation on Youth

Internet- iPhone- iPad’s, Facebook- Twitter- …. you name it! It is amazing how much the media is shaping our worldview and that of the next generation. Today’s media is becoming increasingly violent and profane. Research has shown that contemporary teens are more desensitized to violence and sex than previous generations, which makes them more accepting […]


The Cost of Integrity

I serve kids in Lincoln Heights – one of the oldest and most distinct Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Some of the struggles common to the urban communities I serve include: poverty, single parent homes, gang violence, high crime rate, broken families and poor quality education due to budget cuts and overcrowding in schools. Most […]


Helping Youth Develop Their Assets

The WELL is UYWI’s free and practical online resource that provides urban youth leaders with 24/7 access to webinars, printed materials and downloadable trainings that maximize their personal growth and ministry. The WELL leverages the power of technology to offer cutting edge, reproducible training that engages leaders beyond the reach of our Conferences, Urban Youth […]

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The Reality of Serving Pregnant Teens

DID YOU KNOW THAT 2000 TEEN GIRLS GET PREGNANT EVERY DAY IN THE U.S.? Parenting at any age can be challenging, but it can be particularly difficult for teens. Compared with their peers who delay childbearing, teen girls who have babies are: Less likely to finish high school; More likely to be poor as adults; […]


Poverty Among Urban Youth

As an organization that continues to make every effort to resource urban leaders in their communities, we are acutely aware of the pain of poverty evidenced in kids’ lives and their families. We hear the cries from ministry leaders who do their best to seek training to sustain themselves and their programs amidst the social […]



Hello UYWI Family, Thank you for your ongoing friendship with UYWI. As I reflected on family this past Easter, I came across an article on “Television & Family” that touched on the “typical” portrayal of a family on television and the noticeable shifts in racial diversity over the past decade. This depiction of family is […]


Turn Your Campus

UYWI + Strategic Partners = Life Transformation for Youth On January 26, almost 1,800 urban and suburban leaders and youth gathered for Turn Your Campus, a game-changing annual event that rolled out on the campus of Biola University. A youth ministry destination event for 18 years, UYWI has joined the mix for the last five […]


Relational Absence

A lot of people wonder what’s wrong with this generation.  Visit a local school  campus and watch students engage more with their cell phones through text and social media than they do with one another – and you’ll have your answer.  Youth are relationally starved!  What students need more than anything are relationships with caring godly […]