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our work in the inner-city.

Volunteer, make a donation, come on staff, or get your church involved in mentoring inner-city youth. Your partnership will make a difference in the lives of inner-city youth and families in West Palm Beach.


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Urban Youth Impact Leadership Academy Helps Students Succeed in Every Way

by providing academic, social/emotional, physical and spiritual enrichment through the students’ formative years.

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Photography students

Urban Youth Impact's arts program gives students the opportunity to explore and develop their talents.

Students involved in the arts program have performed at The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, community events, local churches, and The Leadership Academy's end of the year program.

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Urban Youth Impact Mission

Urban Youth Impact exists to love, equip and empower inner-city youth and their parents to fulfill their God-given purpose.

Founded in 1997, Urban Youth Impact serves the Tamarind Avenue corridor and surrounding area in West Palm Beach.  The area has notoriously high crime rates – almost three times the national average for all crime types.  32% of youth living in the community are not expected to graduate from high school, two-thirds live below the poverty level, and it is more likely that youth from our community will go to jail than graduate high school.

Through its programs, UYI seeks to reverse troubling trends and fulfill its mission by offering programs designed to develop critical life-skills that result in less juvenile crime, fewer teen pregnancies, less substance abuse, less child abuse/domestic violence, and fewer school drop-outs.

Video Testimonial

Nowhere to go!

The doorbell rang this morning and there stood a young woman and her two small children.  They had nowhere to go.  Her name was Stephanie and she explained that she just came from the shelter down the street from UYI, but they had no room for her and her children.  She asked if she could use our phone to call the police.  She did not know what else to do.

In the meantime, Mr. Bill was in a meeting in his office, but heard a child crying.  A child’s cry is all it took for him to leave his meeting and investigate.   He sat and talked with Stephanie to learn her story.  The police arrived and also talked with Stephanie hoping they could do something to help her. 

Mr. Bill asked UYI staff to take action and do what they could to assist Stephanie, after all, we are here to Love, Equip and Empower those who cross our threshold and Bill believes that Devine intervention brought her to our door.  Our staff spent hours on the phone calling local non-profits that provide emergency assistance.   In addition, the two police officers also stayed for hours trying to find a solution.  We all knew if this mom could not find shelter for the night; DCF would have to get involved.  We all knew we didn’t want that to happen.

As the day went on, we realized the outlook for finding this family a place to stay tonight was bleak.  With that understanding, Mr. Bill made the decision to pay for food and shelter for this family for the weekend.  We would continue to look for a more permanent solution on Monday.

Our Core Values

We own nothing

We "own" it

We are ambitious for the mission and the team

We learn to grow

We give our best

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Charity Auction & Golf Classic

Join us for the 12th Annual Charity Auction Dinner & Golf Classic

March 9th & 10th

Learn how you can help a child be deeply rooted, firmly planted.

Bill's Long Drive

Bill Hobbs took his "longest drive" when starting UYI.  Read how Bill's passion for the urban poor took him from the golf course to the ghetto.

Click here to get his story.

Leadership Academy

TLA provides students structured after-school educational assistance and enrichment.

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Learn how we're reshaping the thinking of teens and young adults through our year-round work program.

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Parent Programs

Monthly parenting classes, annual parents retreats, family picnics and ongoing family support.

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