For over 20 years Urban Youth Ministries has been growing in size, reputation, and our ability to reach the students who need us most. We were founded in the early ‘90s when a few committed believers saw a need for an organization with a holistic approach that could reach kids for Christ and walk with them through life. We do this by partnering with other similarly aligned organizations and ministries and offer a ray of hope to Denver’s “at-risk” students.
Today, we carry out our vision of growing a new generation of leaders who will expand the kingdom of God by touching one life at a time. Using camps, retreats, outreach events, and volunteer training, we spread the gospel to so many who could easily fall through the cracks, and show them what can happen when they find the spark of faith.
A Different Kind of Youth Group
Urban Youth Ministries isn’t like any other organization. That’s because we are volunteer-driven, bringing kids together with leaders and disciples who come from the communities they live in and understand the challenges they face every day. Using activities like kickball, concerts, and white water rafting, we offer a way to find God that draws students out of their day-to-day experiences.
Many of those we serve could easily fall into a life of drugs, jail, and brokenness. Instead, we help them to become disciples, master personal growth, and learn ministry skills they can use for decades to come. We reach out and show them that there is another way, and that there are people who care.
Comfort for Those Who Need it Most
We currently have more than 700 students involved in our weekly ministry activities, and nearly 750 so far have decided to allow Christ into their lives. Over the past 12 months we have taken over 500 students to different camps. Currently, we have two full-time staff and over 40 volunteers. Many of our current volunteers are former students who grew up, graduated and have come back to become mentors for the next generation!
Our goal is to Reach kids with the good news of Jesus Christ that other programs miss, to give Denver’s urban students a chance to realize their dreams, and to spread hope throughout the poorest communities in our part of Colorado. We know that miracles can happen, because we see them every day! What could be more important than showing young people how to have a better life and a brighter future?
“You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” John 15:16
God has chosen us to bear fruit. As God’s chosen instruments we have a huge challenge before us. There are so many young people who are not making it in life because they are not getting answers to their most important questions! There are so many who need to be led to Jesus Christ, loved on, cared for and discipled. There are so many Christian youth who are failing in their commitment because they are not being nurtured in a relationship with Christ or challenged to a lifestyle of discipleship.
Our desire is to see people become more fruitful and have “ministries of multiplication!” We want to help equip people for a lifetime and lifestyle of ministry.