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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

Author, Film Director and past Urban Youth Impact student

Alcee Graduating from CollegeLooking at the huge grin on Alcee Walker’s face, you would never know the circumstances he overcame to get where he is today. Already a published author, Hope I Make It Before Ya’ll Take It, Alcee writes about being raised in the inner city by a 16-year-old mother who had considered aborting him. With little direction and living in an abusive household, Alcee knew he had make his own way.

Alcee first came to Urban Youth Impact by attending a basketball camp at Palm Beach Atlantic University when he was 12. “Going to that basketball camp was a turning point in my life, “said Alcee. “For the first time ever, I felt like I was a part of something.”

His mother was his primary caregiver, but was in and out of jail. When he was a sophomore, she went to prison. Alcee had dreams of going to college so he applied himself in high school academics and focused on football. He was recruited by St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York where he graduated with a B.S. in Communications and a Minor in Film Studies.

“I credit Urban Youth Impact for teaching me about teamwork and making me feel valuable,” said Alcee. “Without that basis, I don’t think I would have had the confidence to achieve.”

Alcee received a scholarship from Urban Youth Impact this year. He will be attending The School of Visual Arts next fall to pursue his Masters in Social Documentary. His dream is to one day be a Film Director.

Alcee continues to give back to Urban Youth Impact by using his gifts and talents.  “I know how it feels to not grow up with much, I relate to these kids,” said Alcee. “I just want to be a positive role model and let them know what is possible.”

You can check out the documentary Alcee made about his life here

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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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