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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.

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Gratitude Takes Nothing for Granted

happy kidsI was struck when I read this quote from Thomas Merton, a famed Catholic author:

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything.  Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God.  For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience.  And that is what makes all the difference.”

As I reflect on 15 years of ministry, I can say with certainty that my experience over these years has shown me that God is indeed good.  God has provided for and protected our ministry; He has allowed us to experience radical life transformations, and has grown our influence in this community with each passing year.  Each day brings greater confirmation that the work we do is on the heart of God; we do not labor in vain.

I hope you know that when we receive your gifts - of time, finances and prayer - you inspire “praise of the goodness of God” in all of us here.  Your sacrifice and giving is not taken for granted, and I hope that we have proven to be grateful stewards in the way we treat you.

During this month of thanksgiving, I hope you are able to reflect on the “immense graces” from God in your life.  My prayer for you is that you will take nothing for granted, have a greater sense of wonder as you consider how God cares for you, and that this reflection will cause you to respond with great praise for the Lord.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.


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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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