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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

Best Fundraiser Ever!

children at charity auctionThanks to your support, we did it again -- we had our best fundraiser ever in Urban Youth Impact's history!  Our 10th Annual Charity Auction Dinner & Golf Classic was filled with joyful generosity as people heard testimonies from children and young adults whose lives have been changed because of our work.  One story was shared by Freddie:

"My name is Freddie Canady and this is my testimony.   I’m humbled to finally realize that God has been calling me for my whole life, waiting for me to respond, waiting for me to listen.  Fatherless, I have found a father.  Directionless, I have found a direction.  Purposeless, I have found a purpose.  Bill Hobbs and the Urban Youth Impact Family were the change that changed me.

I grew up in a broken family with a father who was never around.  My Mother was addicted to Cocaine and my step-father was physically abusive. When I was six years old I ran away from home to live with my grandmother.

When I was 15 years old my friend Eric invited me to a Thursday afternoon event held by Urban Youth Impact that was all about football and Christ.  I went with Eric every Thursday throughout high school and grew in my understanding of the gospel, believing that God had a plan for my life.

I spent many nights with friends at Mr. Bill’s home, and I attended camp with Urban Youth Impact every year. I played football all four years of high school. Although my Dad never came to my games, Bill was always there. He became like a father to me.

The year I graduated high school, my friend Eric died – my best friend was gone. We were always together. He had led me to Urban Youth Impact. His death changed everything and I quickly started hanging out with a bad group of friends and lost contact with Mr. Bill.

Lost, changing from hopeful to hopeless, I was driving in the car with my friends one day when our car was shot and the bullet hit my leg. After that day I never went back to work, and instead I turned to the streets.

One day, I thought maybe I was ready to get off the streets, so I went to visit Mr. Bill.

Bill said, “I don’t think you’re ready.”   I said, “Yes I am.”  He said, “If you’re really ready to leave the streets, will you cut off your dreads?”  I said no, and walked out the door. He was right. I wasn’t really ready to change just yet.

Shortly after meeting with Mr. Bill, I was locked up in the county jail. After 7 months I was released. I managed to stay out for a few months before they sent me right back for 4 more months. During my time in the county jail the second time, God finally got hold of me – he knocked again – this time I was ready.

As soon as I was released, I immediately cut off my dreads. After that I went directly to Bill and told him I was serious about changing my life. I wanted to surround myself with friends who would encourage me. Bill gave me a job at Urban Youth Impact and I have been working doing facilities maintenance ever since. I have surrounded myself with good friends and feel the Lord working in my life.

I see kids without fathers – I see kids that are like me – my passion is now to help them. It’s my time to make sure a life is saved and changed.  My grandma once told me “You are blessed and you are always going to be blessed.”  Thanks to Urban Youth Impact I now believe that."

Now that's a powerful story of a life changed through our work!  Praise God!

Our work is not possible, and we could not have reached our amazing fundraising total, without the support of our sponsors.  Check out this page to see the list of the individuals, families and companies who got behind our event.  Pictures from the event are on Facebook.  You can check out Charity Auction Dinner pictures here.  Photos from the Golf Classic are here.

Thank you all for your support to love, equip and empower inner-city youth and their parents to fulfill their God-given purpose.  You are a critical part of the journeys our children and families take.


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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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ReFrame

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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