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Wednesday, May 17
 

6:00pm

Early Registration & Housing Check-In
Registration and Housing Check-In are available for two hours on Wednesday evening for people checking in to the dorms Wednesday night, or anyone who happens to be on campus early.

Wednesday May 17, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall
 
Thursday, May 18
 

6:30am

Hillside Grounds (Coffee)
Food
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Hillside Grounds (Coffee) at Heritage Court

Thu: 6:30am - 9:00pm | Fri: 6:30am - 4:00pm

Thursday May 18, 2017 6:30am - 9:00pm
Heritage Food Court

7:00am

The Grill at Heritage
(Closed 10am-11am)

Food
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Heritage Grill

Thu: 7:00am -10:00am, and 11:00am - 8:00pm | Fri: 7:00am - 10:00am, and 11:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday May 18, 2017 7:00am - 8:00pm
Heritage Food Court

7:00am

The Market at Heritage
Food
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The Market (Grab & Go) at Heritage Court

Thu: 7:00am - 8:00pm | Fri: 7:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday May 18, 2017 7:00am - 8:00pm
Heritage Food Court

8:00am

8:30am

Registration & Housing Check-In
Thursday May 18, 2017 8:30am - 2:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

9:00am

Spiritual Direction by Appointment
Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for you to be listened to by a Spiritual Director to help you be aware of God's movement in your life. Sign-up for a 60 minute, one-on-one session that could lead to a soul-nurturing relationship with a Spiritual Director on a regular basis.  Sign-up sheets are located near Registration.

Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 7:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

9:00am

Soul Care Prayer Chapel
The Soul Care Prayer Chapel is a multi-sensory and experiential opportunity to enjoy silence and quiet time with the Lord. The room will be open throughout the day for you to pray, meditate, or simply rest and BE, in relative solitude.


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 11:00pm
Duke 511

10:00am

Prayer of the Heart: A Simple Mary-like Prayer to Just BE
Join us for a time of simply "Being". Prayers with words, images, feelings, rationalizing and even negotiating with God can leave us less motivated to spend time in prayer. Prayer of the Heart, also known as “Centering Prayer” is a Ancient Christian prayer practice relevant even today in our tech-saturated world.

Speakers
avatar for Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado

Spiritual Director, Soul Care Trellis
Archie Honrado is a youth worker, spiritual director, prayer retreat guide, and worship leader. Since 1984, Archie has served with Youth With a Mission in the  Phillipines, Europe and Los Angeles, CA.  Archie's ministry is teaching Soul Care practices to several para-church organizations.  He live in Ventura, CA with his wife, Tamara, and their three-year-old son Rhys. He a member of the Ventura Vineyard Church.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 605

10:00am

Capturing Excellence: Developing Systems for Program Evaluation [REPEATS]
How do we know if our communities are being transformed? Come learn how to take an honest, unbiased look at the impact of your ministry or program, and how to use that information as a means of illuminating how God is moving in your community. Attendees will walk away with tools, resources, and strategies to create ways to evaluate ministry/program effectiveness and community transformation.

Speakers
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Leilani Hernandez

Neighborhood Impact Strategy Manager, Solidarity
Leilani Hernandez, born and raised in Fullerton, CA, serves as the Neighborhood Impact Strategy Manager at Solidarity. She received her MS in Education from CSU Fullerton. She has a passion for cultivating lifelong learners – whether it is in a class, in a program, or in the church.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 603

10:00am

Core Competencies of a SOLID Youth Ministry [REPEATS]
This is no time for passive youth ministry – Kids’ lives are at stake! Learn the core competencies, and map out the practical steps for moving your ministry from good to great! Build your team, become a more relational youth ministry than you’ve ever been, and raise up student leaders who will reach their friends and serve beyond the four walls of the church.

Speakers
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Drew Ruiz

Youth Pastor, Faith & Hope Ministries
Andrew has served as a Youth Pastor at Faith & Hope Ministries (Fe y Esperanza) for over 8 years now, and is a Certified Urban Youth Worker through UYWI's 90 Degrees Certification Program. Andrew strives to give back and see the heart of students transformed by the Gospel. Andrew and Marlene, his wife of 7 years, have an amazing 1 year old girl named Reagan LeeAnn Ruiz.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 114

10:00am

Destiny and Design: A Model of Student Discipleship Valuing the Presence of God to Inform His Intention for Their Lives. [REPEATS]
Youth leaders are often asked to help students decipher what they are to do in life: future occupation, vocation, ministry, college, etc. The question of our destiny, "What does God want me to do?", becomes more important than "How do I relate to God?" Discover how awakening your students to the presence of God in all facets of their lives, will help shape their God-given design.

Speakers
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Kevin Mo-Wong

Co-founder & VP of Church Development, Solidarity
After college, Kevin lived/served in a low income, gang neighborhood with grandiose dreams of saving the community for Jesus. But it was through this neighborhood, that Kevin experienced God's Kingdom & presence in a way that transformed his life. Co-founder/ VP of Church Development at Solidarity, Kevin desires to see the Church experience similar transformation.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 517

10:00am

Effective Ministry To Marginalized Youth
Do you desire to impact the lives of LGBTQ youth, kids with disabilities, and those who are easily marginalized? Do you desire to increase your cultural intelligence in order to build a bridge across the gap between your church and others? This training focuses on developing and increasing our cultural intelligence (CQ), in order to begin the bridge building process of learning how to love our neighbors who appear to be different than us.

Speakers
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Chris Schaffner

Founder/Speaker/Writer, Conversations on the Fringe
Chris is a certified counselor and is the Founder of Conversations on the Fringe. CotF is an organization seeking creative and innovative ways to bridge the gap between the mental health community and those entities (particularly schools and churches) that serve youth in contemporary society. He’s been working with hurting children, teens, and adults for 20+ years.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 619

10:00am

Embracing the Discomfort of Diversity
At Pentecost, God laid a foundation of diversity for his church when he allowed the disciples to speak the languages of the nations. But today, we often use the cultural value of assimilation to achieve unity. We will explore how indigenous Christians are contextualizing worship for their cultures: using drums, chants, traditional dances, native languages, and even different perceptions of time. Learning unity is not found in sameness, but in celebrating our differences.

Speakers
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Mark Charles

Director, 5 Small Loaves
Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. He writes for Native News Online and his personal blog "Reflections from the Hogan". He served on the boards of the CCDA and the CRCNA. Mark also consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?”.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 601

10:00am

Empowering Women Leadership in Urban Youth Ministry [REPEATS]
This workshop explores women's roles in pastoral and lead positions in youth ministry. The purpose of the workshop is to inspire women leaders, and encourage men to empower women to take significant leadership roles in ministry. We will assess traditional women’s roles in ministry, examine the challenges, discuss ways to overcome systemic barriers, and grow their leadership skills.

Speakers
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Khristi Adams

Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens
Khristi Adams is an Author, Speaker and Youth Advocate. She is currently an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ. Previously she worked as Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown University Law Center & Georgetown University as well as Associate Campus Pastor for Preaching & Spiritual Programming at Azusa Pacific University.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 106

10:00am

James 1:27 Ministry: Operating a Homeless Teen Home, Helping Orphans in Their Distress [REPEATS]
Have you ever considered starting a long-term home for homeless kids? This workshop will cover how to disciple homeless teens in a long-term housing ministry. We will look at the development of the home, and how to holistically disciple kids in that context.

Speakers
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Pete Contreras

President/Founder, 2nd Mile Urban Ministries
Pete Contreras is the Lead Pastor of New Vision Christian Fellowship, a multi-ethnic/economic/generational church, and also President/Founder of 2nd Mile Urban Ministries, a non-profit that works with at-risk youth. He is a graduate of Hope International University and the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative. He has served the urban community of San Diego for 26 years as a church planter, mentor, and community leader.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 513

10:00am

Overcoming the Stigma and Understanding Mental Health Issues Facing Our Youth [REPEATS]
This workshop will be an overview of common mental health diagnosis that we see in youth today. Attendees will learn about the signs, and understand the stigma and barriers for mental health service. Learn a practical approach on how to address the issues of mental health with youth and how to help guide them to resources.

Speakers
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Sarah Young-Sheppard

MSW, Social & Emotional Wellness Initiative
Sarah Young-Sheppard is an advocate for youth.  A graduate of California State University Long Beach, she went on to work for an international children’s rights organization as a leadership facilitator and outreach manager. After receiving her Master’s in Social Work from the USC she founded the Social Emotional Wellness Initiative (SEWI). SEWI is currently working with Boys & Girls Clubs in CA, TN, and HI.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 120

10:00am

Rescue a Generation [REPEATS]
This workshop will help leaders navigate, through creative ways, to go after the unchurched. It will include specific outreaches that can be done, how to create space in your youth group for the unchurched, and how to raise up leaders from unchurched students.

Speakers
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Jose Rodriguez

Youth Pastor, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre
For over 10 years, Jose has had a passion to rescue urban youth. Jose earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry from Oral Roberts University, and he shares his testimony of God rescuing him out of gangs, drugs, and poverty. Jose currently serves as the Youth Pastor at Kingdom Culture Worship Centre, and is the founder and CEO of Rescue a Generation non-profit.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 121

10:00am

Spiritual Resilience: How to Last in Dark Places
Working in the Kingdom is hard. From loving difficult people, to dealing with traumatic situations, to fundraising and leadership, we often lead out of a place of exhaustion. This workshop will give you a different theological framework, and the practical steps of how to work in the Kingdom and thrive.

Speakers
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Tommy Nixon

Founder and Executive Director, Solidarity
Tommy is a founder and Executive Director of Solidarity, a nonprofit organization that empowers the Church to live out the gospel in their local communities. From the streets and jails of North Orange County, to the favelas of Sao Paulo, to standing up for immigration reform, Tommy has experienced God’s heart for humanity and His church.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 520

10:00am

Sticky Faith in Multicultural Contexts: Practical Ideas to Help Young People Develop Lifelong Faith
Half of youth ditch their faith upon graduating from youth ministry. What's the difference for those who stay connected? How is it different in multi- or specific-ethnic ministry contexts? This workshop looks at research by the Fuller Youth Institute with insights from Latino, African American, and Asian American leaders. We will unearth the toxic myths students believe, making them shelve their faith, and will work on strategies to make a difference in students' lives.

Speakers
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Irene Cho

Program Manager, Fuller Youth Institute
Irene Cho serves as the Program Manager for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She holds a Master of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary and a BA in Christian Education from Biola University, and is a PhD student in Fuller's School of Intercultural Studies. At FYI, Irene is the point person for the Urban Youth Ministry Certificate program, event planning, and FYI systems overall.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 113

10:00am

Walking Life with Youth: Mentoring Approaches and Strategies [REPEATS]
This workshop focuses on the simplicities and complexities of “walking life with a young person”, giving a new definition of what mentoring really means. We will cover creative and impactful strategies for both believers and unbelievers. We will also address mentoring high risk youth (gang-involved youth, youth in the criminal justice system, substance abusers), cross gender mentoring, and challenge attendees to examine their own heart and how they see a young person.

Speakers
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Amy Williams

Gang Intervention/Juvenile Justice Advocate, A Hope Dealer
Amy “Hope Dealer” Williams, a 22-year youth ministry veteran and certified Gang Intervention Specialist, follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole, and those lost in the criminal justice system. She is a national conference speaker and an advisory board member for the National Institute for Juvenile Justice Ministries.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 122

10:00am

Word is Bond: Taking it Back to Scripture
Everyone has a worldview, including urban youth. It is a privilege when they allow us space to hear the questions they're pondering in their hearts. We should be prepared to, not only answer their questions, but root our answers back to God's Word. During our session we'll work on practical ways to direct the attention of youth towards the Bible.

Speakers
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D.A. Horton

Chief Evangelist, Urban Youth Workers Institute
D.A. serves as the Chief Evangelist at UYWI. His responsibilities include helping to develop new content, representing and networking for UYWI on the various stages where he has been given the grace to speak and preach.


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 127

11:15am

First-Timers' Reception
If this is your first time to the UYWI National Conference, we want to meet you! This time is exclusively for those new to the conference.  We’re glad you’re here. Refreshments provided.

Thursday May 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm
Youth Worker Lounge

11:15am

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Thursday May 18, 2017 11:15am - 2:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

12:00pm

Artist Pop-Up
12:00-12:45p V. Rose
12:45-1:15p Spec
 

Artists
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V. Rose

Artist, @vrosemusic
A formidable female-fusion of modern pop and hip hop unlike anything else Christian music has to offer, V. Rose has earned her performance stripes at festivals, camps, and conferences all over the country. And now after five years of collaborations alongside artists like Flame, KB and The Truth, she has carved out a niche all her own, planting her flag where few female artists have dared to go.
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Spec

Artist, @spechouse
Spec is the producing superpower behind the artists Flame and V. Rose. He began his career producing for Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and E-40. He realized he could no longer serve two masters, and walked away from the secular music scene, his production deal, and his club band. He gave his entire career to God, changing his name from ‘Super Spectak’ to S.P.E.C. (Sole Purpose Edifying Christ).


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Front Steps

12:00pm

Private Event: FG
Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Duke 121

12:00pm

Lunch Break / Food Trucks
Food
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The Market (Grab & Go) at Heritage Court

Thu: 7:00am - 8:00pm | Fri: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Hillside Grounds (Coffee) at Heritage Court

Thu: 6:30am - 9:00pm | Fri: 6:30am - 4:00pm
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Heritage Grill

Thu: 7:00am -10:00am, and 11:00am - 8:00pm | Fri: 7:00am - 10:00am, and 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Richeeze Melts

Delicious Grilled Cheese Sandwiches:  Richeeze Melts is the culmination of a want for the amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwich that we all loved as kids.  At Richeeze Melts, we don’t want to only make the Best sandwiches around, but we want to build a household name and change the way food trucks are seen.
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Tom's Tailgate

Tom's Tailgate offers quality home-cooked style food prepared daily with fresh ingredients. We specialize in tortilla chips bringing you the best loaded nachos.  "You gotta have the chips!"

Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lot G

2:00pm

General Session 1: Breathe Life Into Impossible Situations
Moderators
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Luma Haddad

Area Director/MC & U Divisional Coordinator, Young Life
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director in the same community for San Diego South Bay for 17 years. She is also the Multi-cultural and Urban Divisional Coordinator for the Western Division of Young Life. Luma graduated from PLNU in San Diego in Broadcast Journalism. She resides in San Diego with her husband, Rami, and her children, Jordan and Yasmeen.

Speakers
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Danielle Strickland

Major, Salvation Army
Danielle Strickland is an Officer in the Salvation Army and loves Jesus and people.  This has led her to back alleys and late night streets, to partner with Jesus in rescuing those caught up in drugs, homelessness, prostitution, despair. It has also led her to the halls of government and business, to see laws changed and practices transformed so that people aren’t trafficked and children aren’t enslaved.
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Gabriel Zamora

Youth Pastor, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship
Gabriel Zamora, pulled out of an extreme background of gangs, violence, and poverty, was called into the ministry at the age of 13 at Youth for The Nations Summer Camp. He is the Youth Pastor of Takeover Student Ministries at Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New York. Having graduated from Christ For the Nations Institute, Gabriel has ministered nationally and internationally in over 17 countries.

Artists
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA, including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage their audience with a unique style to lift up a vertical praise to the heavens.
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DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
Icy Ice is an original member of the world renown DJ group, The World Famous Beat Junkies. He is an artist and entrepreneur, whose resume spans over two decades of performing on the world’s biggest stages, and gracing the airwaves on several of LA’s Top Radio Stations. Icy Ice’s artistry has been showcased at the largest music festivals, hottest club venues, and celebrity private parties throughout the world.


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Felix Center

3:00pm

Community Art Experience
This art project is a collaboration between UYWI, Thrive Collective, Neighborhood Homework House, ISI Crew and Sierra High School in Glendora. This art project is meant to highlight how artists, youth ministries and churches can come together to partner with schools around a collective experience that leaves a positive impact on the students.

Artists
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Ritchie Kong

Artist, @chi_create
Ritchie Kong is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Long Beach, CA. His artistic strength involves using spray paint as a primary medium, on walls and canvas. He feels that the art he creates on the permission walls helps him connect with inner city youth. Through his involvement with Urban Arts Outreach, he is able to interpret the abstraction of his work to educate and mentor underprivileged youth.
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Jeremy Del Rio

Executive Director, Thrive Collective
Jeremy R. Del Rio, Esq., co-founded and leads Thrive Collective, a nonprofit that creates hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools. He also teaches youth and community development at Alliance and Fuller seminaries. Jeremy received his BA (with honors) and JD from New York University. He and his wife, Diana, have two sons, Judah and Cyrus.


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Big Tent

3:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Thursday May 18, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

3:30pm

Registration & Housing Check-In
Thursday May 18, 2017 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

4:00pm

Advancing the Gospel to Refugees Next Door [REPEATS]
We often think of missions being overseas, but what if unreached people groups were entering our cities? And after fleeing major conflict, they were hungry for true peace? It’s happening. Refugees are in our cities, and the Church has an opportunity to advance the gospel to them. Increase your awareness of refugees, learn basic cross-cultural ministry skills, and get tangible next steps to lovingly move toward local refugees.

Speakers
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Eric So

Lead Planter, Peace City Church
Eric is a Korean-American pastor and church planter in Maryland. He is married to Lisa, and they have two young boys. He is passionate about cross-cultural discipleship and caring for the vulnerable. He’s been ministering to refugees since 2012. In 2014, his family intentionally moved into a community primarily made up of refugees. He will be planting Peace City Church in 2018.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 106

4:00pm

Between Yeezus & Jesuz: Making Sense of the Post-Civil Rights Era for Urban Youth Ministers [REPEATS]
The demographic shift within U.S. has created a post-civil rights generation; a generation that has grown up on Kanye, Kendrick, and a post 9/11 America. Come engage in this research-based workshop as Irene Cho and Daniel White Hodge discuss their new book's findings about urban youth ministry in a post-civil rights era. Let's begin to put some context around a Jesuz that is contextual for those under the age of 20.

Speakers
avatar for Irene Cho

Irene Cho

Program Manager, Fuller Youth Institute
Irene Cho serves as the Program Manager for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She holds a Master of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary and a BA in Christian Education from Biola University, and is a PhD student in Fuller's School of Intercultural Studies. At FYI, Irene is the point person for the Urban Youth Ministry Certificate program, event planning, and FYI systems overall.
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Daniel White Hodge

Director of The Center For Youth Ministry Studies & Associate Professor of Youth Ministry, North Park University
With 20 years of urban youth work experience, Dr. Daniel White Hodge, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Associate Professor of Youth Ministry at North Park University in Chicago. Dan is an accomplished author of several books. Dan & his wife, Emily, are most proud of their 10-year-old daughter, Mahalia Joy.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 520

4:00pm

Breakthrough Leverage to Change the World
Effective leadership means embracing the positive potential of change, and understanding that seemingly small actions can produce significant impact. Explore how to find and maximize the leverage points that produce ministry and personal breakthrough: strategic, significant, sustainable change in how you live and work.

Speakers
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Jeremy Del Rio

Executive Director, Thrive Collective
Jeremy R. Del Rio, Esq., co-founded and leads Thrive Collective, a nonprofit that creates hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools. He also teaches youth and community development at Alliance and Fuller seminaries. Jeremy received his BA (with honors) and JD from New York University. He and his wife, Diana, have two sons, Judah and Cyrus.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 122

4:00pm

Growing Leaders [REPEATS]
Attending to your personal growth is the spiritual component in your leadership that will provide strength, courage, and creativity in your youth group and church. As you grow, they grow as well.

Speakers
avatar for Noemi Chavez

Noemi Chavez

Co-Pastor, 7th Street Church
Noemi is Co-Pastor at 7th Street Church in Long Beach, CA. She is a conference speaker, and also serves on the board for Brave, the conference which focuses on reaching out to girls who are on probation or in the foster care system. She also serves on the Student Outreach board at Biola University.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 125

4:00pm

How to Lead When the Going Gets Tough: The Power of God and How to Tap In [REPEATS]
This workshop will teach leaders the importance of the presence of God, and how to manifest His power in their own lives. It will provide practical understanding of God's presence, from leading worship, to rehearsals and individual discipleship.

Speakers
avatar for Darris Sneed

Darris Sneed

Director & Founder, DS Collective
Ohio native Darris Sneed is passionate about people being empowered by the gospel, good vocal runs, and worship. A visionary and founder of the Florida based artist collaborative, DS Collective, he is a singer, speaker, worship pastor and author.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 513

4:00pm

Living in A Kardashian World: Helping Girls Crush Insecurities With the Secure Truth of Christ [REPEATS]
This session focuses on helping young women live out their true selves, in a world that’s constantly telling them to be someone else. God broke the mold when He made each of them. This workshop will give you insight and resources to teach your girls to “slay” their Psalm 139 identity, and crush the insecurities they’ve been believing about themselves. Conversations will include the importance of sisterhood, healing through vulnerability, and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Yleana Cueva

Yleana Cueva

Volunteer, Young Life South Bay
Yleana found the love of Christ in the unlikeliest places - in the small fishing villages of Africa, and in the marginalized barrios of Costa Rica. She currently is the chief storyteller and trip coordinator for a missions organization, and serves in leadership for Young Life in the South Bay. Isaiah 35 is the banner of hope she is raising for each one of them.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 601

4:00pm

Love Your City: Outreach That Engages Your Entire Community [REPEATS]
This workshop will share how to cast a vision, raise money, partner with businesses and government, in order to love on your city in a huge way. We'll share creative ways to empower your church to engage your community through a week of multiple community service projects and events that show people the love of Christ. We have some amazing stories to share!

Speakers
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Tommy "Urban D" Kyllonen

Lead Pastor, Author, Hip-Hop Artist, Crossover Church
Tommy "Urban D." Kyllonen is the lead pastor at Crossover Church in Tampa, Florida. Crossover is known for its innovation and creativity as they host the Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference. Tommy has recorded 8 Hip-Hop albums under the name "Urban D." and has written 3 books. His latest book "ReBuild" also has a small group video curriculum that is available for free download at urband.org.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 113

4:00pm

Major Keys to Social Media Storytelling [REPEATS]
The world of social media moves fast, continually evolves, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. With all the noise, how can your story be heard? Learn philosophies and practical methods of leveraging your social media channels in 2017, to tell your story and ultimately bring value to youth, volunteers, donors, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Greer

Adrian Greer

Executive Director, MYTHIRDPLACE
After growing up as a knucklehead urban youth, himself, Adrian gained over 10 years of experience as an urban youth worker for various churches and organizations before founding MYTHIRDPLACE in 2013. He continues to invest and remain committed to teens in his hometown, who face challenges similar to those he's since overcome.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 515

4:00pm

Ministry with Teen Moms [REPEATS]
This workshop is designed to equip youth workers to know and reach teen moms in their community. Knowing the strengths and challenges of teen moms, as well as the resources and networks that serve these girls, will build a foundation to serve girls that you know (or want to know). We will dive into dispelling myths around teen moms, and explore ways to connect with girls one-on-one or in the midst of an active youth ministry.

Speakers
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Emilie Schreiber

Divisional Coordinator, YoungLives
Emilie Schreiber has served Young Life for 11 years as the Southwestern Division’s YoungLives Divisional Coordinator. YoungLives is a relational ministry to teen moms. Previously, Emilie was an Area Director for Young Life in Oregon and Washington for 10 years, and has worked with teen moms since 1997.  Emilie has been married to Robb for 22 years and has two daughters. They live in Poway, CA.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 121

4:00pm

Navigating the Experience of Loss [REPEATS]
This interactive workshop provides an overview of grief and healing. Youth workers will walk away with an understanding of the grief process, ideas for supporting youth through their grief journey, methods for addressing the grief needs of workers, and will be pointed toward resources for additional learning. While the workshop focuses on grief experienced after a death, the content is applicable to non-death losses as well.

Speakers
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Jen Leong

Clinical Grief Support Specialist, New Hope Grief Support Community
Jen Leong, MA, CT is a grief specialist Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement. She began supporting grieving families in 2003, and currently serves as the Clinical Grief Support Specialist at New Hope Grief Support Community in Long Beach, CA. Jen also provides grief education for various organizations and psychotherapy for individuals and families.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 118

4:00pm

Reflective Mentoring: Helping Youth Find Their Identity in Christ [REPEATS]
Mentorship is a way of discipleship. When Jesus called his disciples, he not only showed them what to do and how to do it, but also who they were becoming. A reflective mentor helps others discover their true selves and identity in Christ. This workshop will explore mentoring as a means of identity formation, understanding the power of story, and discovering our uniqueness in Christ.

Speakers
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Aaron Cho

Associate Pastor, Quest Church
Aaron Cho belongs to a tribe called Quest Church in Seattle, WA where he serves as an Associate Pastor. He comes alive developing leaders through mentorship and discipleship. He's passionate to see the Kingdom of God expressed through justice and the reconciliation of all things. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary where he met Judith, his wife and ministry partner.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 127

4:00pm

Removing Cultural Oppression From Scripture
The cultural lenses we use in life have a profound impact on our reading of scripture and how we teach urban youth to apply it to their lives. In this course we learn how to identify dominating cultural lenses that misrepresent the heart of Jesus and how to read and teach scriptures to urban youth in a way that truly represents “good” news.

Speakers
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Myron Bernard

Ministry Director, Tacoma Youth for Christ
Myron Bernard began youth ministry in 2001. He began working with urban youth in 2010 and has had his life changed by the amazing young people who have shown him who Jesus really is. A father of four and proud husband, Myron also serves on the City Life national team for YFC/USA. He serves locally in Tacoma, WA as the Ministry Director for Tacoma Youth For Christ.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 114

4:00pm

Small Groups: Using A Truly Relationship Approach to Impact All Students [REPEATS]
We may say that relationships are the most strategic way to disciple and impact students to develop a faith that lasts beyond middle and high school. However, ministries often place the emphasis on one person's ability to communicate a sermon. This workshop will give practical ways for any youth worker to use small groups to develop relational leaders who love and care for kids, and allow students to ask questions and discover the truths of the Gospel.

Speakers
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John Lewis

Regional Director, Urban Strategies
John is responsible for leading Urban Strategies’ collaborative efforts focused on serving communities in need in the Southern California region. He has managed partnerships with 19 community and faith-based organizations in Southern California. John is one of the original designers of the Urban Youth Workers Institute, and is a youth pastor at Gateway Community.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 117

4:00pm

Strengthen and Build Your Worship Ministry: Culture, Community, Create [REPEATS]
I'm going to share stories, struggles as well as insights, and tools on how to build your local church worship ministry, to help shape and change the worship culture of your church. I hope you walk away feeling confident, encouraged, and ready to tackle all the challenges that all worship leaders face in striving to create a vibrant worship community and a worshipping church.

Speakers
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Timothy Pae

Worship Director, Ekko Church
Tim is a worship director at a local church called Ekko, in Fullerton, CA. He also works as a songwriter, music producer, and engineer. He works out of Forecast Studios located at The Great Company in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. He is passionate in helping people find their story in God's story through the worship, and the music he helps create.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 119

4:00pm

Ten Things You Need to Know about Reaching High-Risk Youth
Urban youth are not the same as high risk youth. But the U.S. government estimates that 1:4 young people are “at risk” of not entering healthy adulthood without significant adult intervention. This workshop examines ten contributing factors, and gives practical strategies for engaging each in ways that move young people toward character transformation, rather than dysfunction and delinquency.

Speakers
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Scott Larson

President, Straight Ahead Ministries
Dr. Scott Larson is founder of Straight Ahead Ministries, which works with juvenile offenders in more than 400 juvenile detention centers in 15 states and five countries. Scott has authored 13 books on working effectively with high-risk youth, and teaches at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Gordon College.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Darling 411

4:00pm

Understanding Logic Models: Are You Doing the Right Thing to Reach Your Vision?
Grants often require a logic model. Logic Models are used to visually describe linkages between your program goals, and what you do. Even if you're not pursuing grant funding, they are a helpful way to understand how to point to your vision. Come learn the basic tools of building a logic model that will clearly identify program goals, objectives, activities, and desired results.

Speakers
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Alberto Aguilera

After School Program Manager, Lake Avenue Community Foundation
Alberto migrated to the US as a child, and has grown up with a diverse perspective on social justice issues and understating of faith and culture. He is currently seeking a B.A. in Education. He is the Program Manager of LACF's North STARS Elementary After-school Program in Pasadena, CA, where he works with local families. 
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Curt Gibson

Associate Director, Lake Avenue Community Foundation
Curt has 30+ years of experience as a youth pastor, a consultant (in program design and implementation) and leader in the faith-based nonprofit arena. The last 15 years Curt has spent working for Lake Avenue Community Foundation, serving in the STARS after school program and mentoring initiatives.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 507

4:00pm

Wrestling with Hope
Many students in the inner city have experienced trauma and catastrophic brokenness. In this workshop we will be covering scripture and practical ways to walk and disciple students who have experienced pain and loss. We'll use the story of Jacob wrestling with God. My prayer is that students would hear truth that will help them wrestle with God with hope, and find healing through pain, tragedy, loss. Jacob encounters God, and it profoundly changes his life.

Speakers
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Hung Thach

Missional Team Leader, Cru
Hung and his family were refugees who fled from war-torn South Vietnam in 1975, and came to the United States and were sponsored by a church in Chattanooga. He and his wife, Angela, have been married for 20 years and have three children, Caleb, Brooke, and Jericho. They have served with Cru for the past 18 years, and Hung currently serves in the inner city of Long Beach as the Missional Team Leader for Cru's High School ministry in Los Angeles.


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Duke 120

5:15pm

Doritos & Tapatio Bar, Solid City Coffee, Popcorn
Food
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Doritos and Tapatio Bar

Doritos + Tapatio + Limón = YUM!
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Solid City Coffee

Enjoy some cold brew coffee!  We believe in drinking excellent coffee. Moreover, we believe in drinking excellent coffee that has an impact on the well-being of others.  That is why we use ethically sourced, direct trade specialty coffee to support survivors of human trafficking and exploitation, and that is why we use a small coffee business as an avenue for job training and experience for youth from low-income neighborhoods.
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Popcorn Machine

It's poppin' in the youth worker lounge.

Thursday May 18, 2017 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Jam The Hype Stage

5:15pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Thursday May 18, 2017 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

5:15pm

Dinner Break / Food Trucks
Food
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The Market (Grab & Go) at Heritage Court

Thu: 7:00am - 8:00pm | Fri: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Hillside Grounds (Coffee) at Heritage Court

Thu: 6:30am - 9:00pm | Fri: 6:30am - 4:00pm
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Heritage Grill

Thu: 7:00am -10:00am, and 11:00am - 8:00pm | Fri: 7:00am - 10:00am, and 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Richeeze Melts

Delicious Grilled Cheese Sandwiches:  Richeeze Melts is the culmination of a want for the amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwich that we all loved as kids.  At Richeeze Melts, we don’t want to only make the Best sandwiches around, but we want to build a household name and change the way food trucks are seen.
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Tom's Tailgate

Tom's Tailgate offers quality home-cooked style food prepared daily with fresh ingredients. We specialize in tortilla chips bringing you the best loaded nachos.  "You gotta have the chips!"

Thursday May 18, 2017 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Lot G

5:45pm

Performances
5:15-5:30pm  DJ Aslan
5:30-6:30pm DJ Mr E & Sean Olivera 

Artists
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DJ Aslan

JTH Host/Artist, @djaslan
Stefan Rosellini (DJ Aslan) has been on the turntables since 1993, mixing hip-hop to house and everything in between. Currently working on solo projects, collaborating with Church Boy Entertainment (churchboy.com), contributing to Illect Recordings (illect.com) and breaking into remixing and production. He currently serves as the Children's Pastor at Discovery Church in Simi Valley.
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DJ Mr.E & Sean Olivera

@SeanOlivera, @DJMrEMusic
Miami’s Christian Party DJ & MC, DJ Mr.E, and Christian rapper/hype man, Sean Olivera embark on a multi-city “One Big Party Tour” from Florida to California with their trademarked style of “partying without the buzz.” The goal of this tour is to promote unity within churches, while providing a fun, safe and Christ-centered environment for youth and young adults to enjoy great Christian music.


Thursday May 18, 2017 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Jam The Hype Stage

7:00pm

General Session 2: Breathe Life Into Impossible Situations
Moderators
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Luma Haddad

Area Director/MC & U Divisional Coordinator, Young Life
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director in the same community for San Diego South Bay for 17 years. She is also the Multi-cultural and Urban Divisional Coordinator for the Western Division of Young Life. Luma graduated from PLNU in San Diego in Broadcast Journalism. She resides in San Diego with her husband, Rami, and her children, Jordan and Yasmeen.

Speakers
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Efrem Smith

President and CEO, World Impact
Efrem Smith is the President and CEO of World Impact, an urban missions organization committed to the empowerment of the urban poor through the facilitation of church planting movements and leadership development. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development. He is the author of the books, "Read More →

Artists
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA, including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage their audience with a unique style to lift up a vertical praise to the heavens.
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Christon Gray

Artist, @christongray
Writer, singer, rapper, and producer, Christon Gray, first came to Christian rap through the Elevationists, and the group's album "The Necessary." After a solo album, "Even with Evil with Me," he became part of W.L.A.K. (We Live As Kings), releasing "W.L.A.K." His second solo album, "School of Roses", spotlighted Gray's unique mix of soul, pop, hip-hop, and Christian spirituality. In 2016, he released "The Glory Album."
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DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
Icy Ice is an original member of the world renown DJ group, The World Famous Beat Junkies. He is an artist and entrepreneur, whose resume spans over two decades of performing on the world’s biggest stages, and gracing the airwaves on several of LA’s Top Radio Stations. Icy Ice’s artistry has been showcased at the largest music festivals, hottest club venues, and celebrity private parties throughout the world.


Thursday May 18, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Felix Center

9:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

9:00pm

9:00pm

ICEE Truck
Food
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ICEE Truck

Enjoy a FREE Icee, giveaways, & meet the icee polar bear!

Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Lot G

9:00pm

Art Lounge
Artists
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Brandon Beukelman

Artisan, @brandonbeuk
Brandon is a true artisan and Pastor at West Cypress Church. He has worked in youth ministry for 10 years, and now is working to integrate families together in ministry and discipleship. His passion for art and the gospel intersect in his art installations. He has been married for 15 years and has a son and daughter.
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Ritchie Kong

Artist, @chi_create
Ritchie Kong is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Long Beach, CA. His artistic strength involves using spray paint as a primary medium, on walls and canvas. He feels that the art he creates on the permission walls helps him connect with inner city youth. Through his involvement with Urban Arts Outreach, he is able to interpret the abstraction of his work to educate and mentor underprivileged youth.
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Cameron Moberg

Graffiti Artist, @camer1sf
Cameron "Camer1" Moberg is a self-taught artist who paints to bring hope. He fell in love with the trade as a child when his brother introduced him to the art form. Residing in San Francisco with his wife and two sons, Cameron paints murals and canvases, and teaches workshops on the history of graffiti, as well as the fundamentals such as can control. Cameron recently battled it out & won on the Oxygen Channel's "Street Art Throwdown."


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Big Tent

9:00pm

Film Festival: Victor
Get your FREE ticket at the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall. Quantity is limited. First come, first served. 
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In the early 1960s, Victor Torres and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York from their native Puerto Rico in search of a new life. The American dream quickly fades as they face a life of want in their adopted home. As a new recruit in a street gang, a teenage Victor embarks on a lucrative new drug-trafficking business in an attempt to help his struggling family. Victor is quickly enslaved by drug use, and his parents, Manuel and Lila, desperately search to find a way to help their son. A faith-based rehabilitation program is their last chance to rescue Victor.  www.thevictormovie.com
 

Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Theater
 
Friday, May 19
 

6:30am

Hillside Grounds (Coffee)
Food
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Hillside Grounds (Coffee) at Heritage Court

Thu: 6:30am - 9:00pm | Fri: 6:30am - 4:00pm

Friday May 19, 2017 6:30am - 4:00pm
Heritage Food Court

7:00am

The Grill at Heritage
(Closed 10am-11am)

Food
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Heritage Grill

Thu: 7:00am -10:00am, and 11:00am - 8:00pm | Fri: 7:00am - 10:00am, and 11:00am - 3:00pm

Friday May 19, 2017 7:00am - 3:00pm
Heritage Food Court

7:00am

The Market at Heritage
Food
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The Market (Grab & Go) at Heritage Court

Thu: 7:00am - 8:00pm | Fri: 7:00am - 4:00pm

Friday May 19, 2017 7:00am - 4:00pm
Heritage Food Court

8:00am

8:00am

Spiritual Direction by Appointment
Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for you to be listened to by a Spiritual Director to help you be aware of God's movement in your life. Sign-up for a 60 minute, one-on-one session that could lead to a soul-nurturing relationship with a Spiritual Director on a regular basis.  Sign-up sheets are located near Registration.

Friday May 19, 2017 8:00am - 7:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

8:30am

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Friday May 19, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Felix Hall of Champions

8:30am

Registration Open
Friday May 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:30am
Felix Entrance Hall

8:30am

Soul Care Prayer Chapel
The Soul Care Prayer Chapel is a multi-sensory and experiential opportunity to enjoy silence and quiet time with the Lord. The room will be open throughout the day for you to pray, meditate, or simply rest and BE, in relative solitude.

Friday May 19, 2017 8:30am - 11:00pm
Duke 511

9:00am

Reading and Listening to the Word to See Jesus
Lectio Divina is the Ancient Christian practice of reading and listening with the ear of my heart through the Word of God. The practice of reading and listening activates the spiritual rhythm of activity and receptivity, speaking and listening, studying and rest. Come learn the art of Lectio Divina and how to listen to the Word of God.

Speakers
avatar for Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado

Spiritual Director, Soul Care Trellis
Archie Honrado is a youth worker, spiritual director, prayer retreat guide, and worship leader. Since 1984, Archie has served with Youth With a Mission in the  Phillipines, Europe and Los Angeles, CA.  Archie's ministry is teaching Soul Care practices to several para-church organizations.  He live in Ventura, CA with his wife, Tamara, and their three-year-old son Rhys. He a member of the Ventura Vineyard Church.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 113

9:00am

Between Yeezus & Jesuz: Making Sense of the Post-Civil Rights Era for Urban Youth Ministers
The demographic shift within U.S. has created a post-civil rights generation; a generation that has grown up on Kanye, Kendrick, and a post 9/11 America. Come engage in this research-based workshop as Irene Cho and Daniel White Hodge discuss their new book's findings about urban youth ministry in a post-civil rights era. Let's begin to put some context around a Jesuz that is contextual for those under the age of 20.

Speakers
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Irene Cho

Program Manager, Fuller Youth Institute
Irene Cho serves as the Program Manager for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She holds a Master of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary and a BA in Christian Education from Biola University, and is a PhD student in Fuller's School of Intercultural Studies. At FYI, Irene is the point person for the Urban Youth Ministry Certificate program, event planning, and FYI systems overall.
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Daniel White Hodge

Director of The Center For Youth Ministry Studies & Associate Professor of Youth Ministry, North Park University
With 20 years of urban youth work experience, Dr. Daniel White Hodge, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Associate Professor of Youth Ministry at North Park University in Chicago. Dan is an accomplished author of several books. Dan & his wife, Emily, are most proud of their 10-year-old daughter, Mahalia Joy.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 106

9:00am

Campus Ministry: Easier Than You Think [REPEATS]
The average teenager in your community will spend 9000 hours of their life on the middle and high school campus. It’s where you and your youth group can have phenomenal influence for good. And campus ministry is easier than you think. We will unpack proven principles that you can leverage to impact your schools. Join the movement of reaching out to every school and student.

Speakers
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Chuck Klein

National Director, Campus Alliance
Chuck Klein leads as National Director of the Campus Alliance, a coalition of 60 youth organizations and church denominations that share the mission of reaching out to students at every middle and high school campus in America. Chuck enjoys equipping youth leaders to minister on campus, and is an author and video producer of tools for student ministry.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 120

9:00am

Catapult Them with Creativity [REPEATS]
Enhance your inner city outreach with creative methods. Learn how to identify and direct the talents of your students to promote Gospel themes. Kids are gifted in creative fields that include writing and drawing. Lead them in creating projects that glorify God through character creation, illustration, and storytelling. Help them sharpen their abilities to create powerful presentations.

Speakers
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Clint Johnson

CEO, Christian Action Heroes
Clint D. Johnson is an Assistant Pastor at La Mirada Foursquare Church in California, and CEO of Christian Action Heroes, which blends the Gospel and comics. With over 25 years’ experience as an illustrator and writer, he passionately uses creativity to equip kids while sharing the Gospel.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 619

9:00am

Cultivating Relationships that Matter for Ministry and Life [REPEATS]
As leaders, we often feel lonely. In our efforts to be faithful ministers, we often end up neglecting important relationships, which could lead to devastating outcomes. It is crucial to cultivate healthy relationships. This workshop will offer you practical tools for a lasting and fruitful ministry, and ways you can nurture a strong "constellation" of relationships so you can minister out of the fullness of your heart, and burn brightly for years to come, instead of burning out.

Speakers
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Bryan Kim

Founding Pastor, Ekko Church
Bryan Kim is the founding pastor of Ekko Church in Fullerton, California. He enjoys telling the Story of God's love and helping others see God in new ways. Bryan has a degree in studio art from UC Irvine, an MBA from Regent University, and is continuing his theological education at Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 515

9:00am

Effective Storytelling for the 21st Century Ministry [REPEATS]
Sometimes your ministry success is limited to folks who know the quality, character, and the impact of your work. Effective story-telling bridges the gap between a few people knowing your name, and "everybody knows your name" (Cheers). In this workshop, we'll talk about how you form your story, how often you share your story, and who shares your story. My goal is that people know your story well enough so they tell your story even when you're not present.

Speakers
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Paul Coty

Area Director, Young Life
Paul Coty is the Regional Director of Young Life in New York. He grew the mission’s personnel from 2 to 45 full-time staff members and increased the organization’s operating budget to $3.5 million annually over a 10-year period. A dynamic team-builder, Coty’s emphasis on personal accountability and transparency continues to foster organizational cohesion and consistency in performance.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 513

9:00am

From the Campus to the Cross: Mentoring Youth on Your Campus
Are you on a campus? Are you meeting new youth daily, but lacking in the ability to develop meaningful relationships with them? In this workshop you will learn how to maximize your campus access, and be inspired to creatively mentor youth for years to come! We will explore the idea of accompaniment, and share best practices for developing programs that connect you to the heart of the teen, and them to the heart of Jesus!

Speakers
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Eric Vasquez

Executive Director, Just Us 4 Youth
Eric lives and serves in the City of Pomona, CA. He is Executive Director of Just Us 4 Youth, a non-profit focusing on youth and mentorship. He is passionate about sharing the gospel in his city, and is deeply engaged in community. His heart is for campus and compassion work.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 507

9:00am

How to Build and Sustain a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Junior High Ministry [REPEATS]
Do you ever feel intimidated by the challenges of engaging students from various minorities and socioeconomic backgrounds? During the workshop, you will be given tools and strategies that equip you to disciple multi-ethnic leaders and students, to establish a fruitful ministry, and effectively lead them toward Christ.

Speakers
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Perry Hawkins

Director of Middle Ministries, Lake Avenue Church
Perry Hawkins is the Director of Middle School Ministries at Lake Avenue Church. Perry graduated from Azusa Pacific University and is currently working on his Master’s degree at Fuller Seminary. Perry is married with 2 daughters.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 617

9:00am

Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Urban Teenagers
This seminar is for those who have read Hurt 2.0, and those who haven’t. Chap will present the latest contemporary research on how life is experienced for all kids today, and then contextualize that for marginalized and oppressed teenagers. Using their own stories, from middle school through emerging adults, you will come away with a deeper understanding of the young people you are called to love.

Speakers
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Chap Clark

Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture, Fuller Seminary
Chap Clark, PhD, is professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Seminary, and President of ParenTeen, Inc. Chap has authored/co-authored 24 books, including the award-winning Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers, Sticky Faith, and Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith. Chap and Dee live in Washington and have three grown children.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 121

9:00am

In the Beginning, Create: Seven Steps to Thriving School Partnerships
Scripture begins with the Great Artist creating, and inviting humanity to do the same. Yet school budget cuts eliminate the visual and performing arts experiences that awaken in students their creative imago dei. Explore how youth ministries can reintroduce students to their Creator, while adding real value to neighborhood schools.

Speakers
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Jeremy Del Rio

Executive Director, Thrive Collective
Jeremy R. Del Rio, Esq., co-founded and leads Thrive Collective, a nonprofit that creates hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools. He also teaches youth and community development at Alliance and Fuller seminaries. Jeremy received his BA (with honors) and JD from New York University. He and his wife, Diana, have two sons, Judah and Cyrus.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 517

9:00am

James 1:27 Ministry: Operating a Homeless Teen Home, Helping Orphans in Their Distress
Have you ever considered starting a long-term home for homeless kids? This workshop will cover how to disciple homeless teens in a long-term housing ministry. We will look at the development of the home, and how to holistically disciple kids in that context.

Speakers
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Pete Contreras

President/Founder, 2nd Mile Urban Ministries
Pete Contreras is the Lead Pastor of New Vision Christian Fellowship, a multi-ethnic/economic/generational church, and also President/Founder of 2nd Mile Urban Ministries, a non-profit that works with at-risk youth. He is a graduate of Hope International University and the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative. He has served the urban community of San Diego for 26 years as a church planter, mentor, and community leader.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 122

9:00am

Making The Most of Your Time [REPEATS]
This workshop will help you to better manage your time so that you are able to accomplish your ministry priorities without sacrificing your personal life in the process.

Speakers
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Kristin Hemingway

Atlanta Project South Coordinator, Young Life
Kristin Hemingway is originally from Detroit, MI and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. She has served in youth ministry in the local church and nonprofits for over 12 years. During that time she has coached many youth workers on self-care and time management to aid them in being more effective ministers of the Gospel!


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 114

9:00am

Ministry to Young People With Disabilities
There are over 600 million people in the world with disabilities. Fifteen to 20 percent of the teen population has some form of a disability. Yet only 10% of churches in the US serve these kids. We will dive into the world of disabilities and how you can create ministry among them.

Speakers
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Nick Palermo

Executive Founding Director, Emmaus Inn Ministries
Nick is a graduate of San Jose State University with a BA in Sociology, and earned a Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary. He is the founder of Young Life Capernaum, a YoungLives ministry to kids with disabilities and now is present throughout the world. He is also the co-founder of Emmaus Inn Ministries focusing on connecting people with disabilities to the church.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 118

9:00am

People, Not Program
People are drawn to relationships, not programs. Discipleship has to be a relationship for it to be effective. Programs and curriculum are great, but they are not discipleship. Learn how to connect people to their God-given destiny of making disciples.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Zamora

Gabriel Zamora

Youth Pastor, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship
Gabriel Zamora, pulled out of an extreme background of gangs, violence, and poverty, was called into the ministry at the age of 13 at Youth for The Nations Summer Camp. He is the Youth Pastor of Takeover Student Ministries at Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New York. Having graduated from Christ For the Nations Institute, Gabriel has ministered nationally and internationally in over 17 countries.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Darling 411

9:00am

Prayed Up or Preyed On [REPEATS]
There are drive-thru prayers, under your breath prayers, 911 prayers, 411 prayers, for the long-haul prayers, in-the-battle prayers, deliverance prayers, breakthrough prayers. Come discover the prayer life needed for your season.

Speakers
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Ilcian Lemus

Pastor, El Camino Metro
Ilcian Lemus is a Guatemalan-born immigrant who has made Los Angeles her home. She graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She began her pastoral ministry in 2010. She currently serves the youth of El Camino Metro Church in the San Fernando Valley, where she finds creative ways to connect youth to purpose.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 601

9:00am

Small Groups: Using A Truly Relationship Approach to Impact All Students
We may say that relationships are the most strategic way to disciple and impact students to develop a faith that lasts beyond middle and high school. However, ministries often place the emphasis on one person's ability to communicate a sermon. This workshop will give practical ways for any youth worker to use small groups to develop relational leaders who love and care for kids, and allow students to ask questions and discover the truths of the Gospel.

Speakers
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John Lewis

Regional Director, Urban Strategies
John is responsible for leading Urban Strategies’ collaborative efforts focused on serving communities in need in the Southern California region. He has managed partnerships with 19 community and faith-based organizations in Southern California. John is one of the original designers of the Urban Youth Workers Institute, and is a youth pastor at Gateway Community.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 117

9:00am

Teaching for Transformational Change
Much of our teaching of young people is more around delivering information than engaging them in ways that create transformational change. This workshop examines how people transform in their character, and presents practical teaching models based upon Dr. Scott Larson’s newest book, "Groundwork: Preparing the Soil for God’s Transformation."

Speakers
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Scott Larson

President, Straight Ahead Ministries
Dr. Scott Larson is founder of Straight Ahead Ministries, which works with juvenile offenders in more than 400 juvenile detention centers in 15 states and five countries. Scott has authored 13 books on working effectively with high-risk youth, and teaches at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Gordon College.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 119

9:00am

The Proof for the Truth: Keeping Them in the Faith Through Apologetics [REPEATS]
The course will give Youth Leaders and Youth Pastors the tools to educate their teens on the abundant evidence that proves that God exists, and Christianity is true, so that we don't lose a generation of believers in the years to come! Youth workers will leave knowing scientific, historical, logical, and archaeological evidence for Christianity AND how to communicate it to their youth.

Speakers
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Alex McElroy

Pastor of Education, ARM of God Ministries
Alex McElroy is the Pastor of Education at New Life Covenant Southeast Church in Chicago. Alex is an author, speaker, and teacher who trains teachers, ministers, and teens to be well equipped by delivering lessons in leadership, purpose, Biblical study, and Apologetics in order to maximize their effectiveness in and for the Kingdom of God.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 116

9:00am

To Protect and Serve: The Relationship Between Law Enforcement & Urban Youth Work [REPEATS]
The purpose of this panel is to point towards effective and practical actions for both sides to work together. The BIG idea is that youth workers can bridge the divide between law enforcement and urban youth, to bring healing to their communities. Attendees will walk away with key principles on how to begin the healing discussion, as well as lessons learned to continue through the tough moments.

Speakers
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Ana Gioconda Jara

Youth & Family Services Support Coordinator, City of Santa Monica
Ana Gioconda Jara has years in non-profit management and community capacity development. Her foundation was Christ-Centered ministry that focused on seeing and loving people. Best known for being a bridge builder, Ms. Jara has served youth for 20 years. She has brought her talents and passion back to her hometown where she currently resides with her husband Robert.
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Eric Johnson

Director of Partnerships & Collaborations, Lake Avenue Community Foundation
Eric V. Johnson has served urban youth for 40 years as a pastor/director/educator. He currently serves as the Director of Partnerships & Collaborations for the Lake Avenue Community Foundation. He is responsible for building support and advocacy within the school district around systemic issues impacting vulnerable families in Pasadena, CA, where he resides with his wife, Ana Maria.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 123

9:00am

Urban Arts Outreach [REPEATS]
Learn how to connect people to one another and the church through the arts. In this workshop you will learn how hip-hop culture empowered a generation, and how to put together sustainable low cost events to do the same through your church and community. There will also be Q&A with Urban Arts Outreach art mentors in breakdancing, graffiti, DJing, & spoken word poetry, on how they have been sharing the gospel through their individual art forms for over a decade.

Speakers
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Dan Emmerie

Community Leader, Urban Arts Outreach
Dan ‘DJ Audible’ works as a graphic design artist at Saddleback Church, a multi-campus church with global influence. He began Urban Arts Outreach: a fellowship of break dancers, deejays, graffiti artists, and poets. He’s been serving with Urban Arts Outreach developing a cross-cultural art community called Saint City in Downtown Santa Ana. For more information visit UrbanArtsOutreach.org.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 621

9:00am

Vision to Reality: Strategic Planning Made Simple [REPEATS]
You have a vision for ministry. How do you get it beyond the dream stage? Explore the essentials of strategic planning for youth ministry, including developing a mission and values, analyzing the culture, and presenting the plan to others.

Speakers
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Ginny Olson

Acting Executive Director, Youth Specialties
Ginny Olson is the Acting Executive Director of Youth Specialties as well as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church. She is the author of Youth Ministry Management Tools, 2.0 and Teenage Girls.


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 125

10:15am

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Friday May 19, 2017 10:15am - 10:30am
Felix Hall of Champions

10:30am

General Session 3: Spiritual Warfare
Moderators
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Luma Haddad

Area Director/MC & U Divisional Coordinator, Young Life
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director in the same community for San Diego South Bay for 17 years. She is also the Multi-cultural and Urban Divisional Coordinator for the Western Division of Young Life. Luma graduated from PLNU in San Diego in Broadcast Journalism. She resides in San Diego with her husband, Rami, and her children, Jordan and Yasmeen.

Speakers
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Tommy Nixon

Founder and Executive Director, Solidarity
Tommy is a founder and Executive Director of Solidarity, a nonprofit organization that empowers the Church to live out the gospel in their local communities. From the streets and jails of North Orange County, to the favelas of Sao Paulo, to standing up for immigration reform, Tommy has experienced God’s heart for humanity and His church.
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Jackie Hill Perry

Artist, Writer, Speaker, Humble Beast
Jackie Hill-Perry is a writer and artist whose work has been featured on TV and in several gospel publications. Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexual sin and the like, Jackie now has one million views on YouTube with her gospel poems/poetry. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album "The Art of Joy" in 2014. She is married to Preston, and is the mommy to Eden.

Artists
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA, including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage their audience with a unique style to lift up a vertical praise to the heavens.
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DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
Icy Ice is an original member of the world renown DJ group, The World Famous Beat Junkies. He is an artist and entrepreneur, whose resume spans over two decades of performing on the world’s biggest stages, and gracing the airwaves on several of LA’s Top Radio Stations. Icy Ice’s artistry has been showcased at the largest music festivals, hottest club venues, and celebrity private parties throughout the world.


Friday May 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Felix Center

11:00am

Private Event - YL LSS
Friday May 19, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Munson Chapel

12:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Friday May 19, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

12:00pm

Azusa Pacific Seminary Info Lunch
Azusa Pacific Seminary (APS) and the Center for Vocational Ministry (CVM) would like to treat you to Chick-fil-A, while we share about the programs offered at APS & CVM and the benefits they offer to your various ministry practices. Time will be available for Q&A. 
Sandwiches will be provided for those who sign-up on a first-come-first-served basis at the APU Seminary booth in the Exhibit Hall. We look forward to you joining us for lunch!
 

Friday May 19, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Duke 116

12:00pm

Lunch Break / Food Trucks
Food
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The Market (Grab & Go) at Heritage Court

Thu: 7:00am - 8:00pm | Fri: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Hillside Grounds (Coffee) at Heritage Court

Thu: 6:30am - 9:00pm | Fri: 6:30am - 4:00pm
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Heritage Grill

Thu: 7:00am -10:00am, and 11:00am - 8:00pm | Fri: 7:00am - 10:00am, and 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Made in Brooklyn Pizza

Made in Brooklyn is a food truck filling Los Angeles’ void for classic New York style pizza. Rooted in authenticity and meant to be eaten the right way – with your hands – Made in Brooklyn prepares its pies with fresh, high-quality ingredients and crafts its house-made tomato sauce, sausage, meatballs, and pizza dough in-truck using all of the same equipment found in New York’s best pizzerias.
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Juan's Tacos

Everyone loves TACOS!

Friday May 19, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lot G

12:00pm

Private Event - Solidarity
Friday May 19, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Mary Hill 234

12:00pm

Private Event - World Impact
Friday May 19, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Duke 114

12:00pm

Registration Open
Friday May 19, 2017 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

12:00pm

DJ Collective & Performances
12:00-1:00p DJ Collective
1:00p-1:45p Hee Sun Lee

Artists
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DJ Aslan

JTH Host/Artist, @djaslan
Stefan Rosellini (DJ Aslan) has been on the turntables since 1993, mixing hip-hop to house and everything in between. Currently working on solo projects, collaborating with Church Boy Entertainment (churchboy.com), contributing to Illect Recordings (illect.com) and breaking into remixing and production. He currently serves as the Children's Pastor at Discovery Church in Simi Valley.
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DJ Efechto

Artist, @djefechto
DJ Efechto's style can be described as a "boom bap, hip-hop sound, chopping and sampling from old dusty vinyl records that are soulful, unique and synth-driven." DJ Efechto resides in his hometown of Long Beach, CA and has launched Humble Beastro. Where can you find him? Being a chef at The Nest in the LBC. Since then, he has released a self-titled, debut instrumental album "The Bridge" co-produced with Daniel Steele.
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DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
Icy Ice is an original member of the world renown DJ group, The World Famous Beat Junkies. He is an artist and entrepreneur, whose resume spans over two decades of performing on the world’s biggest stages, and gracing the airwaves on several of LA’s Top Radio Stations. Icy Ice’s artistry has been showcased at the largest music festivals, hottest club venues, and celebrity private parties throughout the world.
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DJ Manwell

Artist, @DJManwell
DJ Manwell's song selection is versatile and always crowd-pleasing. He entered the DMC (Disco Mix Club), one of the most prestigious, and longest-running competitions, and was named LA Champion in 2012, LA Regional in 2014 and 2015, and is now competing for the title of U.S. DMC Champion. Currently he is working with The Procussions, and together they conducted 3 European tours in 2013.
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DJ Promote

Artist, @djpromote
DJ Promote (Carlos Trevino) has performed for tens of thousands around the world touring with artists like Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, Propaganda and many more. Originally from Texas, Promote was attracted to DJ culture as a kid through breakdancing, music videos, and graffiti art. He's currently producing his own music and collaborates with DJ's in a collective called TableTurners.


Friday May 19, 2017 12:00pm - Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm
Jam The Hype Stage

12:30pm

Graffiti Battle
Watch throughout the day as Graffiti Artists battle for the title of "Jam The Hype Graffiti Art Champion."  Winners will be announced between 5:45-6:15pm

Friday May 19, 2017 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Graffiti Wall

2:00pm

Private Event - Solidarity
Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Mary Hill 234

2:00pm

Private Event: 90 Degrees Meet and Greet
Connect with other 90 Degrees Alumni, meet current students, and reconnect with some of the 90 Degrees trainers and staff.  Refreshments provided.

Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Youth Worker Lounge

2:00pm

A Creators' Culture: Building and Sustaining a Strong Diverse Urban Youth Ministry [REPEATS]
All urban youth groups should be made up of different cultures and backgrounds. But this is easier said than done. From language barriers to cultural customs, misunderstandings and cliques can destroy unity. However when we create a culture that supersedes our differences, our youth groups can become a snapshot of the Revelation 7 Body of Believers, coming together united by the Grace found in Jesus Christ. Let's build a Creators' Culture!

Speakers
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Sean Anthony Fenner

Youth & College Pastor, Youth Ministry Awaken
Sean Fenner is the Youth & College Pastor at Light and Life Church in Long Beach. He is a Mentor, Speaker, and Evangelist with an intense passion to awaken this generation to a relationship with Jesus. He's deeply passionate about developing Multi-ethnic Urban Church and Campus Ministry that brings about Revival, Renewal, and Restoration within our cities.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 113

2:00pm

Advancing the Gospel to Refugees Next Door
We often think of missions being overseas, but what if unreached people groups were entering our cities? And after fleeing major conflict, they were hungry for true peace? It’s happening. Refugees are in our cities, and the Church has an opportunity to advance the gospel to them. Increase your awareness of refugees, learn basic cross-cultural ministry skills, and get tangible next steps to lovingly move toward local refugees.

Speakers
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Eric So

Lead Planter, Peace City Church
Eric is a Korean-American pastor and church planter in Maryland. He is married to Lisa, and they have two young boys. He is passionate about cross-cultural discipleship and caring for the vulnerable. He’s been ministering to refugees since 2012. In 2014, his family intentionally moved into a community primarily made up of refugees. He will be planting Peace City Church in 2018.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 601

2:00pm

Ball is Life
Over 50 million students fill the hallways of a school’s campus each day. Sports permeates the lives of our youth. In high school alone, over 50 percent of enrolled high school students play sports, while 44 million, ages 18 and under, will participate in youth sports, representing 60 percent of the US youth population. Sports is a powerful resource to IMPACT the KINGDOM OF GOD. Come learn how to use the influence of sports to impact campuses and communities!

Speakers
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Kevin Nickerson

Director of Los Angeles County, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Kevin Nickerson currently serves as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes LA County Director, the Los Angeles Rams Chaplain, and Executive Youth Pastor at Mission Eben-Ezer Family Church. His greatest accomplishment is to be married to his beautiful wife, Bebe, for 11 years. He is a proud father to their 4 children: Zacarias (8), Lydia (6), Hannah (4), and Gideon (2).


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 619

2:00pm

Criminal (IN)Justice System: Understanding (and Dismantling) the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Mass Incarceration
Did you know that the US incarcerates more people per capita than any other country? Or that they determine how many prisons to build based on 3rd/4th grade reading scores? We will explore the injustices of the criminal justice system, how schools contribute to overcrowded prisons, and how the US is getting rich off of prison labor. Learn practical and powerful ways to impact and dismantle the system (even if you never meet a prisoner).

Speakers
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Amy Williams

Gang Intervention/Juvenile Justice Advocate, A Hope Dealer
Amy “Hope Dealer” Williams, a 22-year youth ministry veteran and certified Gang Intervention Specialist, follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole, and those lost in the criminal justice system. She is a national conference speaker and an advisory board member for the National Institute for Juvenile Justice Ministries.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 520

2:00pm

Cultivating Relationships that Matter for Ministry and Life
As leaders, we often feel lonely. In our efforts to be faithful ministers, we often end up neglecting important relationships, which could lead to devastating outcomes. It is crucial to cultivate healthy relationships. This workshop will offer you practical tools for a lasting and fruitful ministry, and ways you can nurture a strong "constellation" of relationships so you can minister out of the fullness of your heart, and burn brightly for years to come, instead of burning out.

Speakers
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Bryan Kim

Founding Pastor, Ekko Church
Bryan Kim is the founding pastor of Ekko Church in Fullerton, California. He enjoys telling the Story of God's love and helping others see God in new ways. Bryan has a degree in studio art from UC Irvine, an MBA from Regent University, and is continuing his theological education at Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 106

2:00pm

Current Drug Trends Among Adolescents [REPEATS]
Drugs continue to plague youth across our country. With the current opioid crisis and the saturation of affordable heroin hitting the streets of urban, rural, and suburban communities, it is more important than ever for the church to step into the youth drug culture. In this workshop you will learn about current drug trends among adolescents, the science behind adolescent substance abuse, and what the church can do to address this epidemic claiming the lives of the teens and young adults in our communities.

Speakers
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Chris Schaffner

Founder/Speaker/Writer, Conversations on the Fringe
Chris is a certified counselor and is the Founder of Conversations on the Fringe. CotF is an organization seeking creative and innovative ways to bridge the gap between the mental health community and those entities (particularly schools and churches) that serve youth in contemporary society. He’s been working with hurting children, teens, and adults for 20+ years.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 120

2:00pm

Empowering Women Leadership in Urban Youth Ministry
This workshop explores women's roles in pastoral and lead positions in youth ministry. The purpose of the workshop is to inspire women leaders, and encourage men to empower women to take significant leadership roles in ministry. We will assess traditional women’s roles in ministry, examine the challenges, discuss ways to overcome systemic barriers, and grow their leadership skills.

Speakers
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Khristi Adams

Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens
Khristi Adams is an Author, Speaker and Youth Advocate. She is currently an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ. Previously she worked as Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown University Law Center & Georgetown University as well as Associate Campus Pastor for Preaching & Spiritual Programming at Azusa Pacific University.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 515

2:00pm

How to Lead When the Going Gets Tough: The Power of God and How to Tap In
This workshop will teach leaders the importance of the presence of God, and how to manifest His power in their own lives. It will provide practical understanding of God's presence, from leading worship, to rehearsals and individual discipleship. 

Speakers
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Darris Sneed

Director & Founder, DS Collective
Ohio native Darris Sneed is passionate about people being empowered by the gospel, good vocal runs, and worship. A visionary and founder of the Florida based artist collaborative, DS Collective, he is a singer, speaker, worship pastor and author.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 621

2:00pm

I Followed the Lamb to School One Day... and Discovered America's Biggest Mission Field
Join campus ministry practitioners for dynamic conversations about reaching hurting kids at public schools. Discover the power of collaboration, holistic ministry ideas, and practical models that work. Hear real life stories of transformation that happened when God linked churches to 75 schools in San Diego. Get inspired and equipped to change lives! Don’t miss this chance to engage our country’s largest unreached people group: public school students.

Speakers
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Chuck Klein

National Director, Campus Alliance
Chuck Klein leads as National Director of the Campus Alliance, a coalition of 60 youth organizations and church denominations that share the mission of reaching out to students at every middle and high school campus in America. Chuck enjoys equipping youth leaders to minister on campus, and is an author and video producer of tools for student ministry.
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Nate Landis

President/Founder, Urban Youth Collaborative
Rev. Nate Landis, PhD, is President and Founder of Urban Youth Collaborative, a coalition of churches that serves physical and spiritual food to thousands of students every week at 75 public middle and high schools in San Diego County. He serves as Pastor to Schools at New Vision Christian Fellowship, a multi-ethnic congregation in North Park.
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Jeremy Del Rio

Executive Director, Thrive Collective
Jeremy R. Del Rio, Esq., co-founded and leads Thrive Collective, a nonprofit that creates hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools. He also teaches youth and community development at Alliance and Fuller seminaries. Jeremy received his BA (with honors) and JD from New York University. He and his wife, Diana, have two sons, Judah and Cyrus.
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Jose Rodriguez

Youth Pastor, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre
For over 10 years, Jose has had a passion to rescue urban youth. Jose earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry from Oral Roberts University, and he shares his testimony of God rescuing him out of gangs, drugs, and poverty. Jose currently serves as the Youth Pastor at Kingdom Culture Worship Centre, and is the founder and CEO of Rescue a Generation non-profit.
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Eric Vasquez

Executive Director, Just Us 4 Youth
Eric lives and serves in the City of Pomona, CA. He is Executive Director of Just Us 4 Youth, a non-profit focusing on youth and mentorship. He is passionate about sharing the gospel in his city, and is deeply engaged in community. His heart is for campus and compassion work.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Darling 411

2:00pm

I Think I'm Gay: Having Healthy Dialogue with Kids Who Struggle with Sexual Orientation
What do you do when a student shares with you about their same-sex attraction? How do you react? How do we help our students to continually build friendships with their peers who are gay, and help students navigate through these huge questions? This workshop will cover the importance for the church to be a safe space for these conversations and questions for this next generation of young leaders.

Speakers
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Irene Cho

Program Manager, Fuller Youth Institute
Irene Cho serves as the Program Manager for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She holds a Master of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary and a BA in Christian Education from Biola University, and is a PhD student in Fuller's School of Intercultural Studies. At FYI, Irene is the point person for the Urban Youth Ministry Certificate program, event planning, and FYI systems overall.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 127

2:00pm

Immigration from a Biblical Perspective [REPEATS]
In this tumultuous season, it's hard to know fact from fiction when it comes to Immigration in our country. As followers of Jesus, and those called to minister to urban youth, it's crucial we know what the Bible has to say to his Church regarding immigrants and how current rhetoric and policy impacts our students and their families. Come get equipped and empowered to engage this complicated issue head on.

Speakers
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Bethany Anderson

Immigration Initiative Director, Solidarity
Bethany Anderson has been living and working in an immigrant community for the last 10 years. She currently serves as the Immigration Initiative Director for Solidarity, helps to lead the Orange County Evangelical Immigration Network, and is the founder and director of Camino Immigration Services, an initiative of Solidarity that provides quality and affordable legal counsel on immigration matters.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 118

2:00pm

Latino/a Millennials: Breaking Down Stereotypes and Building Bridges [REPEATS]
Although research has been conducted regarding the Millennial generation, Latino/a Millennials have often been understudied, overlooked, or lumped into the stereotypes that have come to define a generation. This workshop will explore the complex realities that Latino/a Millennials inhabit, as well as practical suggestions to engage, listen and serve with Latino/a Millennials in the pursuit of God’s reconciling justice within and beyond the Latina/o community.

Speakers
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Marcos Canales

Lead Pastor, La Fuente Ministries
Marcos Canales holds a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Seminary. He is a Latino pastor and church planter who is passionate about the leadership development of emerging Latina/o generations. Currently, Marcos is the lead pastor of La Fuente Ministries, a bilingual, intercultural, and intergenerational ministry in the city of Pasadena, California.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 123

2:00pm

Listening to the Streets
The past affects the present. Evangelicals exegete scripture, but what if we applied the same discipline to exegeting our communities? Looking at history will help the way we understand systems that affect where buildings, schools, and freeways are today, which will help us minister to the people who live here now.

Speakers
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Alberto Aguilera

After School Program Manager, Lake Avenue Community Foundation
Alberto migrated to the US as a child, and has grown up with a diverse perspective on social justice issues and understating of faith and culture. He is currently seeking a B.A. in Education. He is the Program Manager of LACF's North STARS Elementary After-school Program in Pasadena, CA, where he works with local families. 
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Curt Gibson

Associate Director, Lake Avenue Community Foundation
Curt has 30+ years of experience as a youth pastor, a consultant (in program design and implementation) and leader in the faith-based nonprofit arena. The last 15 years Curt has spent working for Lake Avenue Community Foundation, serving in the STARS after school program and mentoring initiatives.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 513

2:00pm

Navigating the Experience of Loss
This interactive workshop provides an overview of grief and healing. Youth workers will walk away with an understanding of the grief process, ideas for supporting youth through their grief journey, methods for addressing the grief needs of workers, and will be pointed toward resources for additional learning. While the workshop focuses on grief experienced after a death, the content is applicable to non-death losses as well.

Speakers
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Jen Leong

Clinical Grief Support Specialist, New Hope Grief Support Community
Jen Leong, MA, CT is a grief specialist Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement. She began supporting grieving families in 2003, and currently serves as the Clinical Grief Support Specialist at New Hope Grief Support Community in Long Beach, CA. Jen also provides grief education for various organizations and psychotherapy for individuals and families.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 603

2:00pm

Seven Essential Ingredients for a Dynamic and Balanced Urban Youth Ministry [REPEATS]
This workshop will lay down foundational principles for an effective urban youth ministry. It will help you develop a foundation for a youth ministry that is culturally relevant and Biblically solid. Whether you are a beginner youth leader, or a veteran youth pastor, this session will help to ensure that you have the essential ingredients and proper foundation to start and grow an effective urban youth ministry.

Speakers
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Tommy Carrington

President/Founder, Urban Training Network
Tommy Carrington has been working with young people and training leaders for over 30 years. He is the founder of the Urban Training Network, and invests his time developing emerging young leaders. He holds a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Ministry. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity International University.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 605

2:00pm

Spoken Word Poetry: Ministry in a New Way [REPEATS]
Spoken Word Poetry is an effective tool to display the Gospel of Christ in an unorthodox way. Poetry has a way of connecting to hearts, changing minds, inspiring hope in the heart of a believer, or revealing the truth of scripture to the unsaved. In this workshop we will do a crash course in why poets are a new kind of preacher, and how you can introduce this ministry to your youth group.

Speakers
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Alexander James

Spoken Word Artist / Minister, 1988
Alexander James was born and raised in the South Central LA. He was saved by Jesus Christ when he was a senior in high school. He is now the Youth Minister of First Missionary Baptist Church. He is a husband and a soon-to-be father, as well as a singer, worship leader, and poet. He is committed to using the gifts that God gave him to help others experience the power of God in their lives.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 617

2:00pm

The Goal of Youth Ministry: Empowering Our Siblings in Christ
Youth ministry tends to consist of programs and events. In other words, we DO youth ministry. But a more important question in urban youth ministry is: "Where are we leading young people as they embrace faith?" This workshop looks at urban youth ministry through the lens of the church, and specifically at how young people can be both nurtured and empowered, not only in faith, but also in life.

Speakers
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Chap Clark

Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture, Fuller Seminary
Chap Clark, PhD, is professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Seminary, and President of ParenTeen, Inc. Chap has authored/co-authored 24 books, including the award-winning Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers, Sticky Faith, and Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith. Chap and Dee live in Washington and have three grown children.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 517

2:00pm

The Local Church and Kids in Foster Care
Finding the creative ways to connect with kids who are in foster care in your neighborhood and surrounding cities.

Speakers
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Noemi Chavez

Co-Pastor, 7th Street Church
Noemi is Co-Pastor at 7th Street Church in Long Beach, CA. She is a conference speaker, and also serves on the board for Brave, the conference which focuses on reaching out to girls who are on probation or in the foster care system. She also serves on the Student Outreach board at Biola University.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 121

2:00pm

The Proof for the Truth: Keeping Them in the Faith Through Apologetics
The course will give Youth Leaders and Youth Pastors the tools to educate their teens on the abundant evidence that proves that God exists, and Christianity is true, so that we don't lose a generation of believers in the years to come! Youth workers will leave knowing scientific, historical, logical, and archaeological evidence for Christianity, AND how to communicate it to their youth.

Speakers
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Alex McElroy

Pastor of Education, ARM of God Ministries
Alex McElroy is the Pastor of Education at New Life Covenant Southeast Church in Chicago. Alex is an author, speaker, and teacher who trains teachers, ministers, and teens to be well equipped by delivering lessons in leadership, purpose, Biblical study, and Apologetics in order to maximize their effectiveness in and for the Kingdom of God.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 122

2:00pm

When Urban Kids Go To College [REPEATS]
For many, education is the key to getting out of "the life." It's opportunity. It is also full of challenges and new roads to navigate. Come join the conversation with a college professor, who serves as an academic advisor and mentor, helping urban kids discover, not only how to survive, but thrive in the college world.

Speakers
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Kerry Loescher

Professor, Oral Roberts University
Kerry currently works as an instructor at Oral Roberts University teaching Youth Ministry, Outreach, and Leadership. With more than 20 years of professional youth work experience, Kerry’s passion is training leaders to help young people and their families connect the dots between Jesus and their everyday lives.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Duke 119

3:00pm

Community Art Experience
This art project is a collaboration between UYWI, Thrive Collective, Neighborhood Homework House, ISI Crew and Sierra High School in Glendora. This art project is meant to highlight how artists, youth ministries and churches can come together to partner with schools around a collective experience that leaves a positive impact on the students.

Artists
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Ritchie Kong

Artist, @chi_create
Ritchie Kong is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Long Beach, CA. His artistic strength involves using spray paint as a primary medium, on walls and canvas. He feels that the art he creates on the permission walls helps him connect with inner city youth. Through his involvement with Urban Arts Outreach, he is able to interpret the abstraction of his work to educate and mentor underprivileged youth.
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Jeremy Del Rio

Executive Director, Thrive Collective
Jeremy R. Del Rio, Esq., co-founded and leads Thrive Collective, a nonprofit that creates hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools. He also teaches youth and community development at Alliance and Fuller seminaries. Jeremy received his BA (with honors) and JD from New York University. He and his wife, Diana, have two sons, Judah and Cyrus.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Big Tent

3:15pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Friday May 19, 2017 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Felix Hall of Champions

3:45pm

Private Event - Solidarity
Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Mary Hill 234

3:45pm

Best Practices For After School Programming [REPEATS]
Quality afterschool programs don’t just happen on their own. They take committed team members, who are invested in the community that they serve. This interactive workshop will address best practices for administrators, site coordinators, and program staff. Moreover, it will challenge you to think how you will live out God's assignment for your life through this practical ministry named "After School Programs".

Speakers
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Noemi Juarez

Director of After School Programs, KidWorks
Noemi Juarez is the Director of Afterschool Programs at KidWorks, and Executive Director of Santa Ana Cares. Noemi holds a Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies, with a Minor in Natural Sciences in Education from California State University. Noemi is married to Benjamin Juarez, and they have a toddler, Milah. Noemi and her family are committed to seeing transformation in Santa Ana.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 123

3:45pm

Catapult Them with Creativity
Enhance your inner city outreach with creative methods. Learn how to identify and direct the talents of your students to promote Gospel themes. Kids are gifted in creative fields that include writing and drawing. Lead them in creating projects that glorify God through character creation, illustration, and storytelling. Help them sharpen their abilities to create powerful presentations.

Speakers
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Clint Johnson

CEO, Christian Action Heroes
Clint D. Johnson is an Assistant Pastor at La Mirada Foursquare Church in California, and CEO of Christian Action Heroes, which blends the Gospel and comics. With over 25 years’ experience as an illustrator and writer, he passionately uses creativity to equip kids while sharing the Gospel.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 619

3:45pm

Core Competencies of a SOLID Youth Ministry
This is no time for passive youth ministry – Kids’ lives are at stake! Learn the core competencies, and map out the practical steps for moving your ministry from good to great! Build your team, become a more relational youth ministry than you’ve ever been, and raise up student leaders who will reach their friends and serve beyond the four walls of the church.

Speakers
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Drew Ruiz

Youth Pastor, Faith & Hope Ministries
Andrew has served as a Youth Pastor at Faith & Hope Ministries (Fe y Esperanza) for over 8 years now, and is a Certified Urban Youth Worker through UYWI's 90 Degrees Certification Program. Andrew strives to give back and see the heart of students transformed by the Gospel. Andrew and Marlene, his wife of 7 years, have an amazing 1 year old girl named Reagan LeeAnn Ruiz.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 515

3:45pm

Current Drug Trends Among Adolescents
Drugs continue to plague youth across our country. With the current opioid crisis and the saturation of affordable heroin hitting the streets of urban, rural, and suburban communities, it is more important than ever for the church to step into the youth drug culture. In this workshop you will learn about current drug trends among adolescents, the science behind adolescent substance abuse, and what the church can do to address this epidemic claiming the lives of the teens and young adults in our communities.

Speakers
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Chris Schaffner

Founder/Speaker/Writer, Conversations on the Fringe
Chris is a certified counselor and is the Founder of Conversations on the Fringe. CotF is an organization seeking creative and innovative ways to bridge the gap between the mental health community and those entities (particularly schools and churches) that serve youth in contemporary society. He’s been working with hurting children, teens, and adults for 20+ years.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 120

3:45pm

Educators on a Mission [REPEATS]
This workshop will challenge you to re-imagine youth ministry, and invite urban educators to become co-laborers with God as He invites us to join Him in our classrooms. As educators, we are positioned to have an eternal impact on the lives of our students. We will talk through practical steps we can take in accomplishing this task.

Speakers
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Esmeralda Huezo

High School Social Worker, NYC School System
Esmeralda Huezo is a High School Social Worker in her hometown of the Bronx, NY.  She has served youth and young adults for the past eight years. Esmeralda started mentoring young women during her undergraduate studies. She is now in her second year serving in the NYC public school system, where she views her role as an extension of God’s love and has witnessed Him at work with the students and staff.
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Eddie Huezo

Teacher, NYC School System
Eddie Huezo is a 7th year teacher in the New York City public school system. He has been involved in youth ministry for over 14 years but now does ministry through the lens of a high school teacher. Born and raised in the Bronx he currently serves alongside Fellowship of Christian Athletes NYC, NYC Relief Bus and NY Youth Alive to bring renewal to his city. He is married to Esmeralda and has two beautiful little girls, Elany and Eva.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 118

3:45pm

From Chaos to Clarity: Managing Your Ministry [REPEATS]
Youth workers are wired for relationships, not reviewing budget reports. Yet any strong youth ministry requires that you use administrative skills as well. Get tips on the basics of ministry management, especially finances, risk management, productivity, and event planning.

Speakers
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Ginny Olson

Acting Executive Director, Youth Specialties
Ginny Olson is the Acting Executive Director of Youth Specialties as well as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church. She is the author of Youth Ministry Management Tools, 2.0 and Teenage Girls.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 507

3:45pm

Fundraising 101: Finding Provision For Your Urban Vision
Is Robin Hood the only model for getting your urban ministry funded? Or are true kingdom partnerships possible that transform those who give and “receive?” Come share one leader’s journey from a mindset of scarcity to abundance. Whether you’re starting out or experienced at the fundraising game, real stories of growing into God’s provision and practical tools for success will help fund your God-sized calling.

Speakers
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Nate Landis

President/Founder, Urban Youth Collaborative
Rev. Nate Landis, PhD, is President and Founder of Urban Youth Collaborative, a coalition of churches that serves physical and spiritual food to thousands of students every week at 75 public middle and high schools in San Diego County. He serves as Pastor to Schools at New Vision Christian Fellowship, a multi-ethnic congregation in North Park.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 513

3:45pm

Go and Make Disciples [REPEATS]
One of the greatest ways to produce spiritual fruit that will last, is to make disciples. But what is discipleship, really? What does it look like when you meet?  What elements do you incorporate?  Jesus said, “Go and make Disciples.”  It was a command, not a suggestion. Let’s learn practical ways to live this out with young people so we don’t miss our Kingdom assignment.

Speakers
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Larry Acosta

Founder and CEO, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Larry Acosta is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Youth Workers Institute. Larry's passion is to envision and shape the emerging generation of urban leadership for transformational ministry.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 127

3:45pm

Hear and Obey: What Does Jesus' Model of Discipleship Really Look Like? [REPEATS]
Have you ever stopped to ask what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus? How do you live as a Disciple? As Christians, we seek to imitate Jesus, and this lays out a clear model of what Discipleship should look like for our ministry. Let's break down some of the lies that we believe about discipleship, as we learn through examples that Jesus gave for us to live by.

Speakers
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Sean Anthony Fenner

Youth & College Pastor, Youth Ministry Awaken
Sean Fenner is the Youth & College Pastor at Light and Life Church in Long Beach. He is a Mentor, Speaker, and Evangelist with an intense passion to awaken this generation to a relationship with Jesus. He's deeply passionate about developing Multi-ethnic Urban Church and Campus Ministry that brings about Revival, Renewal, and Restoration within our cities.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 114

3:45pm

His Territory, His Neighborhood
The call to discipleship is amazing. It sounds nice until God calls you into the hardest neighborhoods with youth captured by a gang lifestyle. The gang mentality is complex. The fear looming around working with gang members often keeps God's people away from neighborhoods desperate to hear the Gospel! This workshop will teach best practices to work with gang affiliated youth. You will learn about the gang mentality, and how to navigate wisely amongst it to carry the Gospel light effectively.

Speakers
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Eric Vasquez

Executive Director, Just Us 4 Youth
Eric lives and serves in the City of Pomona, CA. He is Executive Director of Just Us 4 Youth, a non-profit focusing on youth and mentorship. He is passionate about sharing the gospel in his city, and is deeply engaged in community. His heart is for campus and compassion work.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 117

3:45pm

Leadership Development: How to Build a Ministry That Runs When You're Not There [REPEATS]
Ministries or organizations are often built around the gifts of one person. However, a team is only truly effective if they are one unit moving together. Learn to build a team and ministry, not built on one gift, but on the collective sacrifice of the many. Build a team that can do it, even when you're not there.

Speakers
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Gabriel Zamora

Youth Pastor, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship
Gabriel Zamora, pulled out of an extreme background of gangs, violence, and poverty, was called into the ministry at the age of 13 at Youth for The Nations Summer Camp. He is the Youth Pastor of Takeover Student Ministries at Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New York. Having graduated from Christ For the Nations Institute, Gabriel has ministered nationally and internationally in over 17 countries.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 119

3:45pm

Making The Most of Your Time
This workshop will help you to better manage your time so that you are able to accomplish your ministry priorities without sacrificing your personal life in the process.

Speakers
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Kristin Hemingway

Atlanta Project South Coordinator, Young Life
Kristin Hemingway is originally from Detroit, MI and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. She has served in youth ministry in the local church and nonprofits for over 12 years. During that time she has coached many youth workers on self-care and time management to aid them in being more effective ministers of the Gospel!


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 601

3:45pm

Ministry with Teen Moms
This workshop is designed to equip youth workers to know and reach teen moms in their community. Knowing the strengths and challenges of teen moms, as well as the resources and networks that serve these girls, will build a foundation to serve girls that you know (or want to know). We will dive into dispelling myths around teen moms, and explore ways to connect with girls one-on-one or in the midst of an active youth ministry.

Speakers
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Emilie Schreiber

Divisional Coordinator, YoungLives
Emilie Schreiber has served Young Life for 11 years as the Southwestern Division’s YoungLives Divisional Coordinator. YoungLives is a relational ministry to teen moms. Previously, Emilie was an Area Director for Young Life in Oregon and Washington for 10 years, and has worked with teen moms since 1997.  Emilie has been married to Robb for 22 years and has two daughters. They live in Poway, CA.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 113

3:45pm

Planting Transformational Communities [REPEATS]
It is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Do we need reform in how we measure success in church planting? In education, success is measured by the number of degrees conferred for graduation, while prisons measure success by the number of beds they can fill. How does a church plant measure its success? In this workshop we address what true community transformation means by seeing the empowered poor advancing God's kingdom through the local church.

Speakers
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John Evans

Associate Pastor, World Impact
John Evans is founder of Paradigm Ventures Group. Since 1984, John has worked in healthcare management and business development. He has served in Christian ministry as a worship pastor and consultant. He also has experience in media development, production and marketing, having worked with Maranatha Records, Promise Keepers, and Rick Warren's Bestseller, A Purpose Driven Life.
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Cedric Nelms

Pastor, Chosen Generation Fellowship Church
Cedric Nelms was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  With over 18 years of ministry experience, Cedric has been the lead pastor in a church planted in Watts called Chosen Generation Fellowship Church. Additionally, he is an associate with World Impact and works with LA Voice and the Christian Community Development Association. Cedric is married to Karen and they have 5 beautiful children. 
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Peter Watts

World Impact LA City Director, World Impact Inc.
Pete Watts oversees World Impact's Mission for all of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities. Pete holds a Masters in Communication and Education. After serving as an elementary school teacher, he opened the Thurgood Marshall Entrepreneurial Academy Charter Middle School in 2007.  After being ordained by Missionary Baptist Church in Compton, he and his wife Didi launched The R.O.C.K. Church in 2008.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 121

3:45pm

Prayed Up or Preyed On
There are drive-thru prayers, under your breath prayers, 911 prayers, 411 prayers, for the long-haul prayers, in-the-battle prayers, deliverance prayers, breakthrough prayers. Come discover the prayer life needed for your season.

Speakers
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Ilcian Lemus

Pastor, El Camino Metro
Ilcian Lemus is a Guatemalan-born immigrant who has made Los Angeles her home. She graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She began her pastoral ministry in 2010. She currently serves the youth of El Camino Metro Church in the San Fernando Valley, where she finds creative ways to connect youth to purpose.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 517

3:45pm

Real Talk: Learning How to Think, Create, and Deliver Life-Changing Sermons [REPEATS]
This workshop is designed to help you systematically, theologically, and fundamentally think through the process of your sermon prep and delivery. In the session, you will learn some practical tools and insights to help you prepare a message that will change a teenager's life.

Speakers
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Jeffrey Wallace

Executive Director, Student Leadership University
Jeff is an author, communicator, and leadership coach. He serves as the Executive Director of the LIFT Tour and the Youth Pastor’s Summit for Student Leadership University (www.slulead.com). SLU is a national organization committed to influence through service. Jeffrey is happily married to his devoted wife, Quovadis, with his three sons, Jeffrey, Christopher, and Cameron.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 125

3:45pm

Reflective Mentoring: Helping Youth Find Their Identity in Christ
Mentorship is a way of discipleship. When Jesus called his disciples, he not only showed them what to do and how to do it, but also who they were becoming. A reflective mentor helps others discover their true selves and identity in Christ. This workshop will explore mentoring as a means of identity formation, understanding the power of story, and discovering our uniqueness in Christ.

Speakers
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Aaron Cho

Associate Pastor, Quest Church
Aaron Cho belongs to a tribe called Quest Church in Seattle, WA where he serves as an Associate Pastor. He comes alive developing leaders through mentorship and discipleship. He's passionate to see the Kingdom of God expressed through justice and the reconciliation of all things. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary where he met Judith, his wife and ministry partner.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 116

3:45pm

The Doctrine of Discovery and Racial Conciliation
Most people are unaware that the Declaration of Independence, 30 lines below the statement "all men are created equal," refers to the Native Americans as "merciless Indian savages." In this seminar, Mark Charles will provide a Native's perspective on how a racist 15th century "Doctrine of Discovery" has influenced the very foundations of the United States of America.

Speakers
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Mark Charles

Director, 5 Small Loaves
Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. He writes for Native News Online and his personal blog "Reflections from the Hogan". He served on the boards of the CCDA and the CRCNA. Mark also consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?”.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 122

3:45pm

To Protect and Serve: The Relationship Between Law Enforcement & Urban Youth Work
The purpose of this panel is to point towards effective and practical actions for both sides to work together. The BIG idea is that youth workers can bridge the divide between law enforcement and urban youth, to bring healing to their communities. Attendees will walk away with key principles on how to begin the healing discussion, as well as lessons learned to continue through the tough moments.

Speakers
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Ana Gioconda Jara

Youth & Family Services Support Coordinator, City of Santa Monica
Ana Gioconda Jara has years in non-profit management and community capacity development. Her foundation was Christ-Centered ministry that focused on seeing and loving people. Best known for being a bridge builder, Ms. Jara has served youth for 20 years. She has brought her talents and passion back to her hometown where she currently resides with her husband Robert.
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Eric Johnson

Director of Partnerships & Collaborations, Lake Avenue Community Foundation
Eric V. Johnson has served urban youth for 40 years as a pastor/director/educator. He currently serves as the Director of Partnerships & Collaborations for the Lake Avenue Community Foundation. He is responsible for building support and advocacy within the school district around systemic issues impacting vulnerable families in Pasadena, CA, where he resides with his wife, Ana Maria.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 520

3:45pm

Urban Arts Outreach
Learn how to connect people to one another and the church through the arts. In this workshop you will learn how hip-hop culture empowered a generation, and how to put together sustainable low cost events to do the same through your church and community. There will also be Q&A with Urban Arts Outreach art mentors in breakdancing, graffiti, DJing, & spoken word poetry, on how they have been sharing the gospel through their individual art forms for over a decade.

Speakers
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Dan Emmerie

Community Leader, Urban Arts Outreach
Dan ‘DJ Audible’ works as a graphic design artist at Saddleback Church, a multi-campus church with global influence. He began Urban Arts Outreach: a fellowship of break dancers, deejays, graffiti artists, and poets. He’s been serving with Urban Arts Outreach developing a cross-cultural art community called Saint City in Downtown Santa Ana. For more information visit UrbanArtsOutreach.org.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 106

5:00pm

Doritos & Tapatio Bar, Solid City Coffee, Popcorn
Food
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Doritos and Tapatio Bar

Doritos + Tapatio + Limón = YUM!
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Solid City Coffee

Enjoy some cold brew coffee!  We believe in drinking excellent coffee. Moreover, we believe in drinking excellent coffee that has an impact on the well-being of others.  That is why we use ethically sourced, direct trade specialty coffee to support survivors of human trafficking and exploitation, and that is why we use a small coffee business as an avenue for job training and experience for youth from low-income neighborhoods.
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Popcorn Machine

It's poppin' in the youth worker lounge.

Friday May 19, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Jam The Hype Stage

5:00pm

Performances & Graffiti Battle Winners Announced
5:00-5:20p Young Blaze
5:20-5:55p Angie Rose
5:55-6:05p Graffiti Battle Winners Announced
6:05-6:45p Christon Gray

Artists
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Young Blaze

Artist, @TrueStoryMusic
Young Blaze Is a rap artist out of California who started in the underground rap game in '98 with a couple of mix-tapes under his belt. He released his debut solo album, "Blaze 2 Richez", in 2010.  After giving his life to the Lord in early 2012, his sophomore album never got released and he quit music. In 2015, the Lord blessed him with the drive and passion for music, this time to glorify the Name above all Names!! JESUS!!. 
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Christon Gray

Artist, @christongray
Writer, singer, rapper, and producer, Christon Gray, first came to Christian rap through the Elevationists, and the group's album "The Necessary." After a solo album, "Even with Evil with Me," he became part of W.L.A.K. (We Live As Kings), releasing "W.L.A.K." His second solo album, "School of Roses", spotlighted Gray's unique mix of soul, pop, hip-hop, and Christian spirituality. In 2016, he released "The Glory Album."
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Angie Rose

Artist, @angierosemusik
Angie Rosario is a 25 year old Puerto-Rican from the Bronx, NY with a big personality. She captivates audiences with her combination of aggressive and energetic performances, while at the same time empowering her listeners with poetic lyricism drowned in metaphor. Raised by a culture that radically promotes violence, she says "It is only by God's grace and a praying family that my music promotes positivity.


Friday May 19, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Jam The Hype Stage

5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Friday May 19, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

5:00pm

Dinner Break / Food Trucks
Food
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Juan's Tacos

Everyone loves TACOS!

Friday May 19, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Lot G

5:30pm

7:00pm

General Session 4: Spiritual Warfare
Moderators
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Luma Haddad

Area Director/MC & U Divisional Coordinator, Young Life
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director in the same community for San Diego South Bay for 17 years. She is also the Multi-cultural and Urban Divisional Coordinator for the Western Division of Young Life. Luma graduated from PLNU in San Diego in Broadcast Journalism. She resides in San Diego with her husband, Rami, and her children, Jordan and Yasmeen.

Speakers
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Eugene Cho

Lead Pastor, Quest Church
Eugene Cho is the founder and Lead Pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, Washington, as well as the founder and Executive Director of the Q Café, an innovative non-profit community café and music venue. He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW), a grassroots movement to alleviate extreme global poverty. Eugene and his wife, Minhee, have been married for twenty years and live in Seattle with their three children.

Artists
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA, including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage their audience with a unique style to lift up a vertical praise to the heavens.
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V3 Dance

V3 Dance
V3 Dance (Victory Vision Voice) is a Christian dance team that uses dance as a form of worship. We aim to share messages and stories through our dance and music
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DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
Icy Ice is an original member of the world renown DJ group, The World Famous Beat Junkies. He is an artist and entrepreneur, whose resume spans over two decades of performing on the world’s biggest stages, and gracing the airwaves on several of LA’s Top Radio Stations. Icy Ice’s artistry has been showcased at the largest music festivals, hottest club venues, and celebrity private parties throughout the world.
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Alexander James

Spoken Word Artist / Minister, 1988
Alexander James was born and raised in the South Central LA. He was saved by Jesus Christ when he was a senior in high school. He is now the Youth Minister of First Missionary Baptist Church. He is a husband and a soon-to-be father, as well as a singer, worship leader, and poet. He is committed to using the gifts that God gave him to help others experience the power of God in their lives.


Friday May 19, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Felix Center

9:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Friday May 19, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

9:00pm

Sweet Suite Dessert Truck
Food
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Sweet Suite Dessert Truck

We have desserts/treats: Shaved Ice, Funnel Cakes, Beignets, Ice Cream Cones, Acai Sorbet Bowls and Soda Floats.

Friday May 19, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Lot G

9:00pm

9:00pm

Art Lounge
Artists
avatar for Brandon Beukelman

Brandon Beukelman

Artisan, @brandonbeuk
Brandon is a true artisan and Pastor at West Cypress Church. He has worked in youth ministry for 10 years, and now is working to integrate families together in ministry and discipleship. His passion for art and the gospel intersect in his art installations. He has been married for 15 years and has a son and daughter.
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Ritchie Kong

Artist, @chi_create
Ritchie Kong is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Long Beach, CA. His artistic strength involves using spray paint as a primary medium, on walls and canvas. He feels that the art he creates on the permission walls helps him connect with inner city youth. Through his involvement with Urban Arts Outreach, he is able to interpret the abstraction of his work to educate and mentor underprivileged youth.
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Cameron Moberg

Graffiti Artist, @camer1sf
Cameron "Camer1" Moberg is a self-taught artist who paints to bring hope. He fell in love with the trade as a child when his brother introduced him to the art form. Residing in San Francisco with his wife and two sons, Cameron paints murals and canvases, and teaches workshops on the history of graffiti, as well as the fundamentals such as can control. Cameron recently battled it out & won on the Oxygen Channel's "Street Art Throwdown."


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Big Tent

9:00pm

Short Film Festival
Get your FREE ticket at the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall. Quantity is limited. First come, first served. 
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Short Film Festival with directors Rhyan Lamarr, Julio "Krea8tor" Montalvo, Artie Delgado

Artists
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Artie Delgado

@brinkfilms
Award winning director/filmmaker/cinematographer/editor and steadicam operator Artie Delgado and his team have produced commercials, documentaries, event highlights, trailers, company films and have over 15 nomination through his career. Artie has directed/produced for 168 Film Festival, Catalyst, City Impact, Humble Beast, Parables, WOL, UYWI, Mariners, Biola, Logos, Together LA, NCBC, Caesars Palace, and more.
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Rhyan Lamarr

@canalstmovie
Rhyan LaMarr, a graduate of Columbia University, has a wealth of tangible experience in the Music and Film business world, and is a consultant to major corporations and record labels including Universal, Igloo Music, Gravitas Ventures, Clear Channel and Masters Media Group LLC.  Having a strong belief system has enabled him to stay committed and grounded all while engaging the world with thought-provoking visual art and musical media.
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Julio "Kre8tor" Montalvo

@doubleedgemin
Kre8tor has filmed and directed music videos and short films including his Young Disciple series.  He also has a record label Double Edge Ministries where he is creating music for the honor and glory of Christ with the same energy he gave to the world before he knew Christ. Double Edge Ministries' focus is to show lost youth the power, love, and salvation of Christ through hip hop music. 


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Theater
 
Saturday, May 20
 

8:00am

8:00am

Spiritual Direction by Appointment
Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for you to be listened to by a Spiritual Director to help you be aware of God's movement in your life. Sign-up for a 60 minute, one-on-one session that could lead to a soul-nurturing relationship with a Spiritual Director on a regular basis.  Sign-up sheets are located near Registration.

Saturday May 20, 2017 8:00am - 3:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

8:00am

Housing Check Out
Return your key, in its original envelope, to Trinity Lobby. If you’re checking out Sunday morning before 5am, it is MANDATORY that you make arrangements with us in advance. Visit the housing desk at registration or call Stephanie Herrick at (714) 322-8417.

Saturday May 20, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
Trinity Lobby (East Campus)

8:30am

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Saturday May 20, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Felix Hall of Champions

8:30am

Grab-And-Go Breakfast (Provided)
Saturday May 20, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Main Plaza

8:30am

Registration Open
Saturday May 20, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

8:30am

Soul Care Prayer Chapel

The Soul Care Prayer Chapel is a multi-sensory and experiential opportunity to enjoy silence and quiet time with the Lord. The room will be open throughout the day for you to pray, meditate, or simply rest and BE, in relative solitude.

Saturday May 20, 2017 8:30am - 3:00pm
Duke 511

9:00am

General Session 5: The Fight is Not Ours
Moderators
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Luma Haddad

Area Director/MC & U Divisional Coordinator, Young Life
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director in the same community for San Diego South Bay for 17 years. She is also the Multi-cultural and Urban Divisional Coordinator for the Western Division of Young Life. Luma graduated from PLNU in San Diego in Broadcast Journalism. She resides in San Diego with her husband, Rami, and her children, Jordan and Yasmeen.

Speakers
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Mark Charles

Director, 5 Small Loaves
Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. He writes for Native News Online and his personal blog "Reflections from the Hogan". He served on the boards of the CCDA and the CRCNA. Mark also consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?”.
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Paul Coty

Area Director, Young Life
Paul Coty is the Regional Director of Young Life in New York. He grew the mission’s personnel from 2 to 45 full-time staff members and increased the organization’s operating budget to $3.5 million annually over a 10-year period. A dynamic team-builder, Coty’s emphasis on personal accountability and transparency continues to foster organizational cohesion and consistency in performance.

Artists
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA, including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage their audience with a unique style to lift up a vertical praise to the heavens.
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Arielle Estoria

Artist, @arielleestoria
Arielle Estoria Leda Wilburn is a Writer, Speaker, and Creative. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and focuses on theater integration to be a creative bridge between intellect and creativity, the mind and the heart. Arielle is the Co-Author of "Vagabonds... Read More →
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DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
Icy Ice is an original member of the world renown DJ group, The World Famous Beat Junkies. He is an artist and entrepreneur, whose resume spans over two decades of performing on the world’s biggest stages, and gracing the airwaves on several of LA’s Top Radio Stations. Icy Ice’s artistry has been showcased at the largest music festivals, hottest club venues, and celebrity private parties throughout the world.


Saturday May 20, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Felix Center

10:45am

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Saturday May 20, 2017 10:45am - 11:15am
Felix Hall of Champions

11:15am

Say Yes to the Mess: The Intersection of Compassion and Calling [High School Track]
It is easy for us to buy into the myth that if we just find our “correct” calling, that we will have a job free of suffering.  Yet we consistently see throughout Jesus’ ministry that there is a direct connection between compassion, literally suffering-with, and calling.

Speakers
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Gregg Moder

Associate Professor, Azusa Pacific University
For over 20 years, Gregg has been involved in urban outreach, street-level youth ministry, and youth ministry education. He holds the position of Associate Professor of Youth and Urban Ministry at APU, and moonlights as an instructor at the LA Dream Center. He is an active consultant and passionate voice for urban and intercultural ministry.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Mary Hill 234

11:15am

Reflections of the Heart: Finding God’s Movement and Presence in the Day’s Activities
Reflections of the heart, distilled from the Ignatian’s “Prayer of Examen”, helps us examine and meditate our everyday thoughts, feelings, choices to find where God is at work and where our enemy tries to influence our way of thinking, feelings and choices. Come and discover how examining your life leads to a greater awareness of God's presence in your life.

Speakers
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Archie Honrado

Spiritual Director, Soul Care Trellis
Archie Honrado is a youth worker, spiritual director, prayer retreat guide, and worship leader. Since 1984, Archie has served with Youth With a Mission in the  Phillipines, Europe and Los Angeles, CA.  Archie's ministry is teaching Soul Care practices to several para-church organizations.  He live in Ventura, CA with his wife, Tamara, and their three-year-old son Rhys. He a member of the Ventura Vineyard Church.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 617

11:15am

Capturing Excellence: Developing Systems for Program Evaluation
How do we know if our communities are being transformed? Come learn how to take an honest, unbiased look at the impact of your ministry or program, and how to use that information as a means of illuminating how God is moving in your community. Attendees will walk away with tools, resources, and strategies to create ways to evaluate ministry/program effectiveness and community transformation.

Speakers
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Leilani Hernandez

Neighborhood Impact Strategy Manager, Solidarity
Leilani Hernandez, born and raised in Fullerton, CA, serves as the Neighborhood Impact Strategy Manager at Solidarity. She received her MS in Education from CSU Fullerton. She has a passion for cultivating lifelong learners – whether it is in a class, in a program, or in the church.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 517

11:15am

Destiny and Design: A Model of Student Discipleship Valuing the Presence of God to Inform His Intention for Their Lives.
Youth leaders are often asked to help students decipher what they are to do in life: future occupation, vocation, ministry, college, etc. The question of our destiny, "What does God want me to do?", becomes more important than "How do I relate to God?" Discover how awakening your students to the presence of God in all facets of their lives, will help shape their God-given design.

Speakers
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Kevin Mo-Wong

Co-founder & VP of Church Development, Solidarity
After college, Kevin lived/served in a low income, gang neighborhood with grandiose dreams of saving the community for Jesus. But it was through this neighborhood, that Kevin experienced God's Kingdom & presence in a way that transformed his life. Co-founder/ VP of Church Development at Solidarity, Kevin desires to see the Church experience similar transformation.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 515

11:15am

Discipleship & Opportunities for Youth Economic Development [REPEATS]
Many youth, especially from low-income families, need tangible economic opportunities, and they need them today. Youth workers can weave job opportunities and training, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy into regular discipleship training. Hear from Christian leaders about what’s working to help the next generation of urban Christian youth leaders develop their own economic base. Your youth want jobs, businesses, and to manage money. Help them. Here’s how.

Speakers
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Rudy Carrasco

U.S. Regional Facilitator, Partners Worldwide
Rudy Carrasco is the U.S. Regional Facilitator for Partners Worldwide, a global network of Christian businesspeople who use business as the way to end poverty. A board member of the Christian Community Development Association, Carrasco’s articles have appeared in Youthworker and Forbes. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 605

11:15am

Guys' Ministry: Restoring Manhood, Breaking the Fatherless Cycle
One of the greatest priorities in youth ministry should be your ministry to build up young men. We have to do what we can to help kids heal through their "father wounds" and to give them the tools that will begin to prepare them for life, marriage, and family.  Come and learn the core elements for shaping a guys' ministry, and gain practical resources for helping guys transition to healthy, God-honoring manhood.

Speakers
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Larry Acosta

Founder and CEO, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Larry Acosta is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Youth Workers Institute. Larry's passion is to envision and shape the emerging generation of urban leadership for transformational ministry.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 127

11:15am

Hear and Obey: What Does Jesus' Model of Discipleship Really Look Like?
Have you ever stopped to ask what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus? How do you live as a Disciple? As Christians, we seek to imitate Jesus, and this lays out a clear model of what Discipleship should look like for our ministry. Let's break down some of the lies that we believe about discipleship, as we learn through examples that Jesus gave for us to live by.

Speakers
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Sean Anthony Fenner

Youth & College Pastor, Youth Ministry Awaken
Sean Fenner is the Youth & College Pastor at Light and Life Church in Long Beach. He is a Mentor, Speaker, and Evangelist with an intense passion to awaken this generation to a relationship with Jesus. He's deeply passionate about developing Multi-ethnic Urban Church and Campus Ministry that brings about Revival, Renewal, and Restoration within our cities.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 113

11:15am

Just Enough
This seminar will address how to work with just enough and make it look like more than enough: creative techniques to stretch your budget, utilize your facility, and optimize your volunteer team. Jesus took just enough from a small meal and fed many. Peter walked on water with just enough light to see. God took just enough from Adam to make Eve. Paul had just enough to be content.

Speakers
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William Cumby

Minister of Youth, The Fountain of Praise
William Cumby is the Minister of Youth for The Fountain of Praise, in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and the Devos Urban Leadership Initiative. William has served in local and international youth ministry for 13 years and blogs for YouthSpecialties.com as well as WillC1Day.blogspot.com.  He is married to Ebony Cumby; together they have three children.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 117

11:15am

Kingdom Management: How to Effectively Build and Lead a Non-Profit
This workshop will give you the tools and structure to better build and manage your non-profit or ministry. From budgets, to HR, to project management, come and learn some best practices from Solidarity.

Speakers
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Tommy Nixon

Founder and Executive Director, Solidarity
Tommy is a founder and Executive Director of Solidarity, a nonprofit organization that empowers the Church to live out the gospel in their local communities. From the streets and jails of North Orange County, to the favelas of Sao Paulo, to standing up for immigration reform, Tommy has experienced God’s heart for humanity and His church.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 513

11:15am

Leadership Development: How to Build a Ministry That Runs When You're Not There
Ministries or organizations are often built around the gifts of one person. However, a team is only truly effective if they are one unit moving together. Learn to build a team and ministry, not built on one gift, but on the collective sacrifice of the many. Build a team that can do it, even when you're not there.

Speakers
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Gabriel Zamora

Youth Pastor, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship
Gabriel Zamora, pulled out of an extreme background of gangs, violence, and poverty, was called into the ministry at the age of 13 at Youth for The Nations Summer Camp. He is the Youth Pastor of Takeover Student Ministries at Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New York. Having graduated from Christ For the Nations Institute, Gabriel has ministered nationally and internationally in over 17 countries.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 121

11:15am

Living in A Kardashian World: Helping Girls Crush Insecurities With the Secure Truth of Christ
This session focuses on helping young women live out their true selves, in a world that’s constantly telling them to be someone else. God broke the mold when He made each of them. This workshop will give you insight and resources to teach your girls to “slay” their Psalm 139 identity, and crush the insecurities they’ve been believing about themselves. Conversations will include the importance of sisterhood, healing through vulnerability, and much more.

Speakers
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Yleana Cueva

Volunteer, Young Life South Bay
Yleana found the love of Christ in the unlikeliest places - in the small fishing villages of Africa, and in the marginalized barrios of Costa Rica. She currently is the chief storyteller and trip coordinator for a missions organization, and serves in leadership for Young Life in the South Bay. Isaiah 35 is the banner of hope she is raising for each one of them.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 119

11:15am

Love Your City: Outreach That Engages Your Entire Community
This workshop will share how to cast a vision, raise money, partner with businesses and government, in order to love on your city in a huge way. We'll share creative ways to empower your church to engage your community through a week of multiple community service projects and events that show people the love of Christ. We have some amazing stories to share!

Speakers
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Tommy "Urban D" Kyllonen

Lead Pastor, Author, Hip-Hop Artist, Crossover Church
Tommy "Urban D." Kyllonen is the lead pastor at Crossover Church in Tampa, Florida. Crossover is known for its innovation and creativity as they host the Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference. Tommy has recorded 8 Hip-Hop albums under the name "Urban D." and has written 3 books. His latest book "ReBuild" also has a small group video curriculum that is available for free download at urband.org.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 125

11:15am

Planting Transformational Communities
It is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Do we need reform in how we measure success in church planting? In education, success is measured by the number of degrees conferred for graduation, while prisons measure success by the number of beds they can fill. How does a church plant measure its success? In this workshop we address what true community transformation means by seeing the empowered poor advancing God's kingdom through the local church.

Speakers
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John Evans

Associate Pastor, World Impact
John Evans is founder of Paradigm Ventures Group. Since 1984, John has worked in healthcare management and business development. He has served in Christian ministry as a worship pastor and consultant. He also has experience in media development, production and marketing, having worked with Maranatha Records, Promise Keepers, and Rick Warren's Bestseller, A Purpose Driven Life.
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Cedric Nelms

Pastor, Chosen Generation Fellowship Church
Cedric Nelms was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  With over 18 years of ministry experience, Cedric has been the lead pastor in a church planted in Watts called Chosen Generation Fellowship Church. Additionally, he is an associate with World Impact and works with LA Voice and the Christian Community Development Association. Cedric is married to Karen and they have 5 beautiful children. 
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Peter Watts

World Impact LA City Director, World Impact Inc.
Pete Watts oversees World Impact's Mission for all of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities. Pete holds a Masters in Communication and Education. After serving as an elementary school teacher, he opened the Thurgood Marshall Entrepreneurial Academy Charter Middle School in 2007.  After being ordained by Missionary Baptist Church in Compton, he and his wife Didi launched The R.O.C.K. Church in 2008.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 120

11:15am

Race, Stress, and Ministry: Leading As People of Color in a Racialized Society
Has the interaction of your race, the demands of your organization, and systemic injustice taken a toll on you? This workshop will identify the unique dynamics of racial tension that leaders of color experience in ministry, as well as ideas to address the stress and fatigue that such tension can bring. Lastly, we will dig deeper into what it means to accompany youth of color in their discipleship journey in a racialized society.

Speakers
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Marcos Canales

Lead Pastor, La Fuente Ministries
Marcos Canales holds a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Seminary. He is a Latino pastor and church planter who is passionate about the leadership development of emerging Latina/o generations. Currently, Marcos is the lead pastor of La Fuente Ministries, a bilingual, intercultural, and intergenerational ministry in the city of Pasadena, California.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 601

11:15am

Real Talk: Learning How to Think, Create, and Deliver Life-Changing Sermons
This workshop is designed to help you systematically, theologically, and fundamentally think through the process of your sermon prep and delivery. In the session, you will learn some practical tools and insights to help you prepare a message that will change a teenager's life.

Speakers
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Jeffrey Wallace

Executive Director, Student Leadership University
Jeff is an author, communicator, and leadership coach. He serves as the Executive Director of the LIFT Tour and the Youth Pastor’s Summit for Student Leadership University (www.slulead.com). SLU is a national organization committed to influence through service. Jeffrey is happily married to his devoted wife, Quovadis, with his three sons, Jeffrey, Christopher, and Cameron.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 507

11:15am

Reimagining Adolescence
In this workshop, you will discover the systemic cultural changes that are creating a whole new developmental experience for our kids as they attempt to find out their true identity and place of belonging. Join us as we explore the developmental and spiritual challenges of ministering to adolescents in contemporary society.

Speakers
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Chris Schaffner

Founder/Speaker/Writer, Conversations on the Fringe
Chris is a certified counselor and is the Founder of Conversations on the Fringe. CotF is an organization seeking creative and innovative ways to bridge the gap between the mental health community and those entities (particularly schools and churches) that serve youth in contemporary society. He’s been working with hurting children, teens, and adults for 20+ years.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 116

11:15am

Ride and Die: Learning to Be With Youth For the Long Haul
Students don’t need our judgments, nor do they need our religion. They simply need people to ride and die with them! They need accompaniment! Are you having trouble hanging in there with difficult youth? Are you stumped on what discipleship looks like with these youngsters? Come and be refreshed and encouraged with creative tips to keep discipling your youth.

Speakers
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Eric Vasquez

Executive Director, Just Us 4 Youth
Eric lives and serves in the City of Pomona, CA. He is Executive Director of Just Us 4 Youth, a non-profit focusing on youth and mentorship. He is passionate about sharing the gospel in his city, and is deeply engaged in community. His heart is for campus and compassion work.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 123

11:15am

Spoken Word Poetry: Ministry in a New Way
Spoken Word Poetry is an effective tool to display the Gospel of Christ in an unorthodox way. Poetry has a way of connecting to hearts, changing minds, inspiring hope in the heart of a believer, or revealing the truth of scripture to the unsaved. In this workshop we will do a crash course in why poets are a new kind of preacher, and how you can introduce this ministry to your youth group.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander James

Alexander James

Spoken Word Artist / Minister, 1988
Alexander James was born and raised in the South Central LA. He was saved by Jesus Christ when he was a senior in high school. He is now the Youth Minister of First Missionary Baptist Church. He is a husband and a soon-to-be father, as well as a singer, worship leader, and poet. He is committed to using the gifts that God gave him to help others experience the power of God in their lives.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 114

11:15am

Strengthen and Build Your Worship Ministry: Culture, Community, Create
I'm going to share stories, struggles as well as insights, and tools on how to build your local church worship ministry, to help shape and change the worship culture of your church. I hope you walk away feeling confident, encouraged, and ready to tackle all the challenges that all worship leaders face in striving to create a vibrant worship community and a worshipping church.

Speakers
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Timothy Pae

Worship Director, Ekko Church
Tim is a worship director at a local church called Ekko, in Fullerton, CA. He also works as a songwriter, music producer, and engineer. He works out of Forecast Studios located at The Great Company in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. He is passionate in helping people find their story in God's story through the worship, and the music he helps create.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 106

11:15am

Vision to Reality: Strategic Planning Made Simple
You have a vision for ministry. How do you get it beyond the dream stage? Explore the essentials of strategic planning for youth ministry, including developing a mission and values, analyzing the culture, and presenting the plan to others.

Speakers
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Ginny Olson

Acting Executive Director, Youth Specialties
Ginny Olson is the Acting Executive Director of Youth Specialties as well as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church. She is the author of Youth Ministry Management Tools, 2.0 and Teenage Girls.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 122

11:15am

Walking Life with Youth: Mentoring Approaches and Strategies
This workshop focuses on the simplicities and complexities of “walking life with a young person”, giving a new definition of what mentoring really means. We will cover creative and impactful strategies for both believers and unbelievers. We will also address mentoring high risk youth (gang-involved youth, youth in the criminal justice system, substance abusers), cross gender mentoring, and challenge attendees to examine their own heart and how they see a young person.

Speakers
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Amy Williams

Gang Intervention/Juvenile Justice Advocate, A Hope Dealer
Amy “Hope Dealer” Williams, a 22-year youth ministry veteran and certified Gang Intervention Specialist, follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole, and those lost in the criminal justice system. She is a national conference speaker and an advisory board member for the National Institute for Juvenile Justice Ministries.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 520

11:15am

When Urban Kids Go To College
For many, education is the key to getting out of "the life." It's opportunity. It is also full of challenges and new roads to navigate. Come join the conversation with a college professor, who serves as an academic advisor and mentor, helping urban kids discover, not only how to survive, but thrive in the college world.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Loescher

Kerry Loescher

Professor, Oral Roberts University
Kerry currently works as an instructor at Oral Roberts University teaching Youth Ministry, Outreach, and Leadership. With more than 20 years of professional youth work experience, Kerry’s passion is training leaders to help young people and their families connect the dots between Jesus and their everyday lives.


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 118

12:30pm

Performances
12:30-1:00p Lara Landon
1:00p-1:35p Anthony Ryan

Artists
avatar for Lara Landon

Lara Landon

Artist, @laralandon
Whether in Haiti on a mission trip, or in church singing, meeting needs firsthand is a significant part of Lara Landon's ministry. Landon affirms the depth of her songwriting was most influenced by the three years she spent leading worship at Nashville’s House of Prayer. The songs on her new record reflect Landon’s time spent in the Word and a sensitivity to the needs and diversity of her fans.
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Anthony Ryan

Artist, @_anthonyryan_
With the combination of transparent, relational lyrics, and the mixture of new school kicks and acoustics, Anthony Ryan seeks to impact the lives of his listeners through passionate and heartfelt music. Raised in the Virgin Islands, and then moved to Florida, Anthony Ryan aspired to rise above his rough beginnings. Anthony Ryan has recently released his first studio album, “Higher,” in January 2016.


Saturday May 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:35pm
Jam The Hype Stage

12:30pm

Box Lunch (Provided/Free)
Saturday May 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Big Tent

12:30pm

Private Event - AL
Saturday May 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Duke 619

12:30pm

Private Event - DVULI LA
Eric Johnson

Saturday May 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Duke 618

12:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. See a list of exhibitors.

Visit the UYWI Booth to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry. Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.

Saturday May 20, 2017 12:30pm - 3:15pm
Felix Hall of Champions

1:45pm

Saying Yes to Your Dress: Flourishing in the Way God Intends [High School Track]
It is easy to get lost in the noise of expectations, as everyone tells you what you “should” do as you get older. Everything from church culture, family culture, to social media are constantly telling us what we are supposed to look like.  What if we could see ourselves as God sees us? How might that change who we are becoming?

Speakers
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Alma Cardenas

MATUL Student, Azusa Pacific Seminary
Alma is a Mexican-American born and raised in the San Fernando Valley.  She holds a Bachelor in Christian Ministry from Facultad de Teologia Internacional, an Urban youth workers certificate from Fuller Youth Institute, and is currently a student at Azusa Pacific Seminary where she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Mary Hill 234

1:45pm

A Creators' Culture: Building and Sustaining a Strong Diverse Urban Youth Ministry
All urban youth groups should be made up of different cultures and backgrounds. But this is easier said than done. From language barriers to cultural customs, misunderstandings and cliques can destroy unity. However when we create a culture that supersedes our differences, our youth groups can become a snapshot of the Revelation 7 Body of Believers, coming together united by the Grace found in Jesus Christ. Let's build a Creators' Culture!

Speakers
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Sean Anthony Fenner

Youth & College Pastor, Youth Ministry Awaken
Sean Fenner is the Youth & College Pastor at Light and Life Church in Long Beach. He is a Mentor, Speaker, and Evangelist with an intense passion to awaken this generation to a relationship with Jesus. He's deeply passionate about developing Multi-ethnic Urban Church and Campus Ministry that brings about Revival, Renewal, and Restoration within our cities.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 515

1:45pm

Best Practices For After School Programming
Quality afterschool programs don’t just happen on their own. They take committed team members, who are invested in the community that they serve. This interactive workshop will address best practices for administrators, site coordinators, and program staff. Moreover, it will challenge you to think how you will live out God's assignment for your life through this practical ministry named "After School Programs".

Speakers
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Noemi Juarez

Director of After School Programs, KidWorks
Noemi Juarez is the Director of Afterschool Programs at KidWorks, and Executive Director of Santa Ana Cares. Noemi holds a Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies, with a Minor in Natural Sciences in Education from California State University. Noemi is married to Benjamin Juarez, and they have a toddler, Milah. Noemi and her family are committed to seeing transformation in Santa Ana.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 123

1:45pm

Campus Ministry: Easier Than You Think
The average teenager in your community will spend 9000 hours of their life on the middle and high school campus. It’s where you and your youth group can have phenomenal influence for good. And campus ministry is easier than you think. We will unpack proven principles that you can leverage to impact your schools. Join the movement of reaching out to every school and student.

Speakers
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Chuck Klein

National Director, Campus Alliance
Chuck Klein leads as National Director of the Campus Alliance, a coalition of 60 youth organizations and church denominations that share the mission of reaching out to students at every middle and high school campus in America. Chuck enjoys equipping youth leaders to minister on campus, and is an author and video producer of tools for student ministry.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 106

1:45pm

Discipleship & Opportunities for Youth Economic Development
Many youth, especially from low-income families, need tangible economic opportunities, and they need them today. Youth workers can weave job opportunities and training, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy into regular discipleship training. Hear from Christian leaders about what’s working to help the next generation of urban Christian youth leaders develop their own economic base. Your youth want jobs, businesses, and to manage money. Help them. Here’s how.

Speakers
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Rudy Carrasco

U.S. Regional Facilitator, Partners Worldwide
Rudy Carrasco is the U.S. Regional Facilitator for Partners Worldwide, a global network of Christian businesspeople who use business as the way to end poverty. A board member of the Christian Community Development Association, Carrasco’s articles have appeared in Youthworker and Forbes. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 605

1:45pm

Educators on a Mission
This workshop will challenge you to re-imagine youth ministry, and invite urban educators to become co-laborers with God as He invites us to join Him in our classrooms. As educators, we are positioned to have an eternal impact on the lives of our students. We will talk through practical steps we can take in accomplishing this task.

Speakers
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Esmeralda Huezo

High School Social Worker, NYC School System
Esmeralda Huezo is a High School Social Worker in her hometown of the Bronx, NY.  She has served youth and young adults for the past eight years. Esmeralda started mentoring young women during her undergraduate studies. She is now in her second year serving in the NYC public school system, where she views her role as an extension of God’s love and has witnessed Him at work with the students and staff.
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Eddie Huezo

Teacher, NYC School System
Eddie Huezo is a 7th year teacher in the New York City public school system. He has been involved in youth ministry for over 14 years but now does ministry through the lens of a high school teacher. Born and raised in the Bronx he currently serves alongside Fellowship of Christian Athletes NYC, NYC Relief Bus and NY Youth Alive to bring renewal to his city. He is married to Esmeralda and has two beautiful little girls, Elany and Eva.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 116

1:45pm

Effective Storytelling for the 21st Century Ministry
Sometimes your ministry success is limited to folks who know the quality, character, and the impact of your work. Effective story-telling bridges the gap between a few people knowing your name, and "everybody knows your name" (Cheers). In this workshop, we'll talk about how you form your story, how often you share your story, and who shares your story. My goal is that people know your story well enough so they tell your story even when you're not present.

Speakers
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Paul Coty

Area Director, Young Life
Paul Coty is the Regional Director of Young Life in New York. He grew the mission’s personnel from 2 to 45 full-time staff members and increased the organization’s operating budget to $3.5 million annually over a 10-year period. A dynamic team-builder, Coty’s emphasis on personal accountability and transparency continues to foster organizational cohesion and consistency in performance.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 513

1:45pm

From Chaos to Clarity: Managing Your Ministry
Youth workers are wired for relationships, not reviewing budget reports. Yet any strong youth ministry requires that you use administrative skills as well. Get tips on the basics of ministry management, especially finances, risk management, productivity, and event planning.

Speakers
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Ginny Olson

Acting Executive Director, Youth Specialties
Ginny Olson is the Acting Executive Director of Youth Specialties as well as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church. She is the author of Youth Ministry Management Tools, 2.0 and Teenage Girls.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 117

1:45pm

Go and Make Disciples
One of the greatest ways to produce spiritual fruit that will last, is to make disciples. But what is discipleship, really? What does it look like when you meet?  What elements do you incorporate?  Jesus said, “Go and make Disciples.”  It was a command, not a suggestion. Let’s learn practical ways to live this out with young people so we don’t miss our Kingdom assignment.

Speakers
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Larry Acosta

Founder and CEO, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Larry Acosta is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Youth Workers Institute. Larry's passion is to envision and shape the emerging generation of urban leadership for transformational ministry.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 127

1:45pm

Go On Missions In Your Own Hood
God put skin on and moved into the neighborhood (John1:14 MSG). The past 6 years I have had the privilege of being on mission in the Red Hook Projects in BK. I’ve witnessed the power of life-on-life ministry, Incarnational ministry. I'll be sharing tools on how to be like Christ described in John 1:14. Meet teens, or anyone in their context, and share your life.

Speakers
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Genevieve Smith

Metro Director, Young Life Brooklyn
Genevieve Smith currently works as the Metro Director for Young Life in Brooklyn, NY where she has the privilege of sharing Jesus Christ with teenagers and encouraging her core staff team to do the same. Gee, as her friends affectionately call her, is passionate about sharing the tools for life-on-life ministry. She has spent the majority of her work with teens in the Projects.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 118

1:45pm

Growing Leaders
Attending to your personal growth is the spiritual component in your leadership that will provide strength, courage, and creativity in your youth group and church. As you grow, they grow as well.

Speakers
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Noemi Chavez

Co-Pastor, 7th Street Church
Noemi is Co-Pastor at 7th Street Church in Long Beach, CA. She is a conference speaker, and also serves on the board for Brave, the conference which focuses on reaching out to girls who are on probation or in the foster care system. She also serves on the Student Outreach board at Biola University.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 122

1:45pm

How to Build and Sustain a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Junior High Ministry
Do you ever feel intimidated by the challenges of engaging students from various minorities and socioeconomic backgrounds? During the workshop, you will be given tools and strategies that equip you to disciple multi-ethnic leaders and students, to establish a fruitful ministry, and effectively lead them toward Christ.

Speakers
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Perry Hawkins

Director of Middle Ministries, Lake Avenue Church
Perry Hawkins is the Director of Middle School Ministries at Lake Avenue Church. Perry graduated from Azusa Pacific University and is currently working on his Master’s degree at Fuller Seminary. Perry is married with 2 daughters.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 517

1:45pm

Immigration from a Biblical Perspective
In this tumultuous season, it's hard to know fact from fiction when it comes to Immigration in our country. As followers of Jesus, and those called to minister to urban youth, it's crucial we know what the Bible has to say to his Church regarding immigrants and how current rhetoric and policy impacts our students and their families. Come get equipped and empowered to engage this complicated issue head on.

Speakers
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Bethany Anderson

Immigration Initiative Director, Solidarity
Bethany Anderson has been living and working in an immigrant community for the last 10 years. She currently serves as the Immigration Initiative Director for Solidarity, helps to lead the Orange County Evangelical Immigration Network, and is the founder and director of Camino Immigration Services, an initiative of Solidarity that provides quality and affordable legal counsel on immigration matters.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 113

1:45pm

Latino/a Millennials: Breaking Down Stereotypes and Building Bridges
Although research has been conducted regarding the Millennial generation, Latino/a Millennials have often been understudied, overlooked, or lumped into the stereotypes that have come to define a generation. This workshop will explore the complex realities that Latino/a Millennials inhabit, as well as practical suggestions to engage, listen and serve with Latino/a Millennials in the pursuit of God’s reconciling justice within and beyond the Latina/o community.

Speakers
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Marcos Canales

Lead Pastor, La Fuente Ministries
Marcos Canales holds a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Seminary. He is a Latino pastor and church planter who is passionate about the leadership development of emerging Latina/o generations. Currently, Marcos is the lead pastor of La Fuente Ministries, a bilingual, intercultural, and intergenerational ministry in the city of Pasadena, California.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 507

1:45pm

Major Keys to Social Media Storytelling
The world of social media moves fast, continually evolves, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. With all the noise, how can your story be heard? Learn philosophies and practical methods of leveraging your social media channels in 2017, to tell your story and ultimately bring value to youth, volunteers, donors, and more.

Speakers
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Adrian Greer

Executive Director, MYTHIRDPLACE
After growing up as a knucklehead urban youth, himself, Adrian gained over 10 years of experience as an urban youth worker for various churches and organizations before founding MYTHIRDPLACE in 2013. He continues to invest and remain committed to teens in his hometown, who face challenges similar to those he's since overcome.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 120

1:45pm

Overcoming the Stigma and Understanding Mental Health Issues Facing Our Youth
This workshop will be an overview of common mental health diagnosis that we see in youth today. Attendees will learn about the signs, and understand the stigma and barriers for mental health service. Learn a practical approach on how to address the issues of mental health with youth and how to help guide them to resources.

Speakers
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Sarah Young-Sheppard

MSW, Social & Emotional Wellness Initiative
Sarah Young-Sheppard is an advocate for youth.  A graduate of California State University Long Beach, she went on to work for an international children’s rights organization as a leadership facilitator and outreach manager. After receiving her Master’s in Social Work from the USC she founded the Social Emotional Wellness Initiative (SEWI). SEWI is currently working with Boys & Girls Clubs in CA, TN, and HI.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 119

1:45pm

Q&A and Practical Discussion on the Uses of Power and Authority
This seminar is a follow-up to Mark's plenary General Session on the Biblical dynamics of power and authority. It will include time for Q & A as well as a discussion on practical ways youth ministry workers can incorporate this teaching into their ministry.

Speakers
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Mark Charles

Director, 5 Small Loaves
Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. He writes for Native News Online and his personal blog "Reflections from the Hogan". He served on the boards of the CCDA and the CRCNA. Mark also consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?”.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 520

1:45pm

Raising Kids Who Love God, While In Ministry
This workshop will cover how to disciple kids to love God, and to equip your kids to serve others. We will look at the pitfalls of the family in ministry. We will cover strategies to help your children nurture a heart for God, and survive the pressures of being a "P.K."

Speakers
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Pete Contreras

President/Founder, 2nd Mile Urban Ministries
Pete Contreras is the Lead Pastor of New Vision Christian Fellowship, a multi-ethnic/economic/generational church, and also President/Founder of 2nd Mile Urban Ministries, a non-profit that works with at-risk youth. He is a graduate of Hope International University and the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative. He has served the urban community of San Diego for 26 years as a church planter, mentor, and community leader.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 114

1:45pm

Rescue a Generation
This workshop will help leaders navigate, through creative ways, to go after the unchurched. It will include specific outreaches that can be done, how to create space in your youth group for the unchurched, and how to raise up leaders from unchurched students.

Speakers
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Jose Rodriguez

Youth Pastor, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre
For over 10 years, Jose has had a passion to rescue urban youth. Jose earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry from Oral Roberts University, and he shares his testimony of God rescuing him out of gangs, drugs, and poverty. Jose currently serves as the Youth Pastor at Kingdom Culture Worship Centre, and is the founder and CEO of Rescue a Generation non-profit.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 121

1:45pm

School to Prison Pipeline: Where Are The Next Generation of Leaders?
This workshop addresses the need for a new kind of leader. We often look for leaders that are seminary trained specifically to lead churches. In this already difficult terrain of faith-based leadership in churches and non-profit organizations, how do we identify a new kind of leader for a new kind of world? Could God be calling leaders to follow him from their fishing boats rather than the synagogues?

Speakers
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John Evans

Associate Pastor, World Impact
John Evans is founder of Paradigm Ventures Group. Since 1984, John has worked in healthcare management and business development. He has served in Christian ministry as a worship pastor and consultant. He also has experience in media development, production and marketing, having worked with Maranatha Records, Promise Keepers, and Rick Warren's Bestseller, A Purpose Driven Life.
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Cedric Nelms

Pastor, Chosen Generation Fellowship Church
Cedric Nelms was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  With over 18 years of ministry experience, Cedric has been the lead pastor in a church planted in Watts called Chosen Generation Fellowship Church. Additionally, he is an associate with World Impact and works with LA Voice and the Christian Community Development Association. Cedric is married to Karen and they have 5 beautiful children. 
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Peter Watts

World Impact LA City Director, World Impact Inc.
Pete Watts oversees World Impact's Mission for all of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities. Pete holds a Masters in Communication and Education. After serving as an elementary school teacher, he opened the Thurgood Marshall Entrepreneurial Academy Charter Middle School in 2007.  After being ordained by Missionary Baptist Church in Compton, he and his wife Didi launched The R.O.C.K. Church in 2008.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 125

1:45pm

Seven Essential Ingredients for a Dynamic and Balanced Urban Youth Ministry
This workshop will lay down foundational principles for an effective urban youth ministry. It will help you develop a foundation for a youth ministry that is culturally relevant and Biblically solid. Whether you are a beginner youth leader, or a veteran youth pastor, this session will help to ensure that you have the essential ingredients and proper foundation to start and grow an effective urban youth ministry.

Speakers
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Tommy Carrington

President/Founder, Urban Training Network
Tommy Carrington has been working with young people and training leaders for over 30 years. He is the founder of the Urban Training Network, and invests his time developing emerging young leaders. He holds a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Ministry. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity International University.


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 601

3:15pm

General Session 6: The Fight is Not Ours
Moderators
avatar for Luma Haddad

Luma Haddad

Area Director/MC & U Divisional Coordinator, Young Life
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director in the same community for San Diego South Bay for 17 years. She is also the Multi-cultural and Urban Divisional Coordinator for the Western Division of Young Life. Luma graduated from PLNU in San Diego in Broadcast Journalism. She resides in San Diego with her husband, Rami, and her children, Jordan and Yasmeen.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Acosta

Larry Acosta

Founder and CEO, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Larry Acosta is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Youth Workers Institute. Larry's passion is to envision and shape the emerging generation of urban leadership for transformational ministry.
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Gabriel Salguero

President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero is the president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, a coalition of Latino evangelical congregations and organizations committed to advancing the Gospel in the public sphere. He is also a pastor at Calvario City Church, in Orlando, Florida. Salguero is known for his work on issues like racial reconciliation, immigration, and criminal justice reform.

Artists
avatar for Joshua Chavez Band

Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA, including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage their audience with a unique style to lift up a vertical praise to the heavens.
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DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
Icy Ice is an original member of the world renown DJ group, The World Famous Beat Junkies. He is an artist and entrepreneur, whose resume spans over two decades of performing on the world’s biggest stages, and gracing the airwaves on several of LA’s Top Radio Stations. Icy Ice’s artistry has been showcased at the largest music festivals, hottest club venues, and celebrity private parties throughout the world.


Saturday May 20, 2017 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Felix Center
 
Sunday, May 21
 

5:00am

Housing Check Out
Return your key, in its original envelope, to Trinity Lobby. If you’re checking out Sunday morning before 5am, it is MANDATORY that you make arrangements with us in advance. Visit the housing desk at registration or call Stephanie Herrick at (714) 322-8417.

Sunday May 21, 2017 5:00am - 12:00pm
Trinity Lobby (East Campus)