What’s Happening in the Certification Program

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The UYWI Certification program, formerly known as 90 Degrees, after a brief hiatus in 2020, relaunched in the Fall of 2021.  The program is a year-long journey for leaders and offers both leadership development and personal development designed to equip high-capacity urban leaders with key elements of effective leadership in ministry. The certification was created…

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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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Fund The Future: Tanisha Browne

TANISHA BROWNE FUEL NETWORK LEADER QUEENS, NEW YORK “Through the JQC (Jamaica Queens Collaborative). The goal is to bring holistic change to our city. Through the JQC we care, we collaborate and we connect various sectors with the church to produce holistic change in our community.” TANISHA BROWNE PHOTOS BY: JOSEPH RIVERA | MOODY COLLEGE…

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Fund The Future: Kimy Brennan

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KIMY BRENNAN FUEL NETWORK LEADER LONG BEACH “I have been a part of the UYWI network for about five years. When I became a youth director in 2019 networking became very important to help me continue to grow and learn in my role. I realize that I have to be a part of the Fuel…

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