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HISPANIC MINISTRY CENTER INC

New Leadership for a New World. Developing urban leaders who will shape the future of the Church.

aka Urban Youth Workers Institute   |   Santa Ana, CA   |  www.uywi.org

Mission

MISSION: We exist to develop urban leaders so that urban youth have the role models they need to live transformed lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. VISION: UYWI fuels a movement of urban leaders who lead generations of youth to restore and rebuild broken communities globally.

Ruling year info

1997

Chief Executive Officer

Tommy Nixon

Main address

2321 E. 4th St. Ste C607

Santa Ana, CA 92705 USA

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Formerly known as

Hispanic Ministry Center

EIN

31-1524740

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (S19)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We know 1.2 Million youth are leaving the church every year. At this rate it is estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. We are facing an incredible urgency to reach the next generation! UYWI provides networks, resources, certification, and coaching so that urban youth have the role models they need to live transformed lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A study by the Pinetops Foundation in 2018 states, “There is incredible urgency to the moment—every year over one million young people will walk away from the Christian faith. Statistically, most people decide on their faith by 35—and the oldest millennial is now 38; the oldest Gen Z is 18.” This study states the following numbers: 42 MILLION - Based on the current rates of retention and evangelism, it's estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. 20 MILLION - If, however, we can revert to Gen X rates of retention and evangelism, that number can be reduced to only 20 million.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Certification Program

UYWI Certification Program

Our certification program offers leadership training, along with personal development tools. We gather a cohort of leaders together for intensive training once a month for 13 months (including graduation day). UYWI Certification Program focuses on equipping leaders with the 12 elements of effective youth ministry with a specific focus on Personal Leadership (Developing Me), Ministry (Developing My Ministry), and Community (Developing My Community).

As of 2022, UYWI has led 19 cohorts and graduated 303 leaders. We are currently located in 3 cities (Los Angeles, New York, and Houston) and launching online this year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Fuel Networks

In partnership with DVULI, we have launched 10 Fuel Networks throughout the country. Our regional leaders are partnered with our Network Coordinator to establish a connection with youth leaders in their cities. UYWI is providing a model and framework for establishing Fuel Networks, the framework will help regional leaders establish a specific mission, determined by each community, supported by 3 major objectives: Gather & Connect, Carry & Care, Create & Collaborate. We are committed to supporting each network by providing resources, training, and development.

We are currently located in the following cities and serving 810 leaders as of 2022:

New York City, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Long Beach, CA
Houston, TX
New Jersey, NJ
Washington, DC
Columbus, OH
Cleveland, OH
Milwaukee, WI / Illinois
Phoenix, AZ

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

NXT LVL Leadership Coaching

Our leadership coaching is a program for high-capacity urban leaders who are ready for a more targeted and intensive coaching experience for themselves and the organizations they serve. Through an assessment and customization process, we provide targeted, intensive coaching for leaders and their organizations. Our focus is on maximizing their leadership potential by implementing best practices for operative, personal, and strategic impact. In the 3 years of conception, we have coached 25 leaders reaching over 12,500 youth.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Congregational Leadership program is to equip youth ministry leaders and the organizations they lead with the funding, knowledge, tools, and practical strategic application they need to have deeper impact and a wider reach. This program helps each congregation create and implement better systems and practices that will have a greater impact on their mission and vision. As part of the development process, we support congregations to design, test, and implement new models for nurturing the religious life of diverse middle and high school youth using the Whole Life Discipleship Model. As of 2023 we are currently working with 4 different congregations across the U.S. (Los Angeles, Houston, Massachusetts, and New York).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

The Organizational Leadership Development Program aims to grow the capacity, impact, and health of faith-based nonprofit organizations focused on reaching and discipling urban youth in the United States. We provide an 18-month cohort including the following components: Capacity Building Grant, UYWI Certification Program, NXT LVL Leadership Coaching, and Strategic Planning. Our focus is on maximizing organizational leadership potential by implementing best practices for operative, personal, and strategic impact.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Where we work

Awards

Top Rated List 2019

Great Nonprofits

Top Rated List 2020

Great Nonprofits

Top Rated List 2021

Great Nonprofits

Top Rated List 2022

Great Nonprofits

4-Star 2023

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

CERTIFICATION CENTER - UYWI Certification Program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Certification Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

COACHING CENTER - NXT LVL 1 & NXT LVL 2 Coaching

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

NXT LVL Leadership Coaching

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program was on hiatus in 2022.

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We received contributions through individuals, churches, foundations, corporations, and fundraising events.

CONNECT CENTER - UYWI Total Audience

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Based on number of combined social followers (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tik Tok, Email, Website)

NETWORK CENTER - Fuel Networks

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Fuel Networks

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2022 Metrics reflect 10 cities nationwide.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians, Social and economic status, Ethnic and racial groups, Young adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018 we included an email list that is no longer active. Therefore, as of 2020, we now only count our leader Newsletter email list.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to events being cancelled throughout the pandemic, our volunteer hours has decreased.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Mission – We exist to resource and develop urban leaders so that urban youth have the role models they need to live transformed lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

OUR PROGRAMS

Training and Resources:
The UYWI Training Center is envisioned to be the destination where urban youth workers can find and receive the finest, practical, and most relevant training for effective urban youth ministry. In the Training Center, youth workers can access tools, resources, teaching, and certification courses to help train them for more effective, impactful work in urban youth ministry. The main delivery method for the training is through the digital medium.

Certification Program:
Our certification program offers leadership training, along with personal development tools. We gather a cohort of leaders together for intensive training once a month for 13 months (including graduation day). The Certification Program focuses on equipping leaders with the 12 elements of effective youth ministry with a specific focus on Personal Leadership (Developing Me), Ministry (Developing My Ministry), and Community (Developing My Community).

NXT LVL Leadership Coaching:
Our leadership coaching is a program for high-capacity urban leaders who are ready for a more targeted and intensive coaching experience for themselves and the organizations they serve. Through an assessment and customization process, we provide targeted, intensive coaching for you and your organization. Our focus is on maximizing your leadership potential by implementing best practices for operative, personal, and strategic impact.

Networks:
In partnership with DVULI, we have launched 10 Fuel Networks throughout the country. Our regional leaders are partnered with our Network Coordinator to establish a connection with youth leaders in their cities. UYWI is providing a model and framework for establishing Fuel Networks, the framework will help Regional leaders establish a specific mission, determined by each community, supported by 3 major objectives: Gather & Connect, Carry & Care, Create & Collaborate. We are committed to supporting each network by providing resources, training, and development.

Our 2025 goal is to train and develop 15,000 urban leaders that will be actively pursuing and engaging 1,000,000 urban youth with the Gospel.

“Historically, the church has often grown by the mission effort of the youth, making them both the largest missions opportunity and the largest missions resource. The majority of the disaffiliated did not go through a crisis of faith or intellectually reject church teachings. They left because they just weren’t interested in the Christian life they saw."

We believe that it is through the efforts of urban youth workers — who lead and disciple urban youth — that the tide of disinterest in following Christ will change. It is by their example and relational engagement that gives them a true picture of the Christian life. These urban leaders are and will be the experts for the future iteration of the Church.

But who will resource, train, and develop those leaders to engage youth to see the church thrive again?

“There is a dramatic need to invest specifically in planting in emerging urban cities reaching those who have left the church; Gen Z (which follows the Millennials) is the largest generation in American history and will likely increase urban density over the next two decades. The church will need to find new models for lowering the cost of planting while increasing the number of leaders who reflect the increasing diversity of urban populations, all without sacrificing historic orthodoxy.”

There is no one better positioned to address this great opportunity than Urban Youth Workers Institute.

We create healthy, high-capacity, high-impact, urban leaders who are reaching 50% more youth with the Gospel. In 2015 our surveys showed that our leaders work with an average of 25 youth. In 2020 our leaders reported an average of 40 youth, which is a 60% increase!

In the last 5 years, we have 8,651 urban leaders engaged in our process. With a goal of 15,000 leaders, we need to reach 6,349 more leaders to engage in our process. For this to happen, we would need to have an audience reach of 317,450. There is a 2% conversion rate from those connecting with us digitally, i.e., social media, to the act of signing up on our email list, which is the gateway to using all of our resources and deeper engagement through our process.

Through an internal audit of our leaders, we discovered that the average number of students each one of our leaders works with is 25. If we can increase that number to 67 students per leader, then we would be able to reach our goal of 1,000,000 students through 15,000 leaders.

Partnership catalyst toward this goal:

Through three strategic partnerships, we also have an international, national, and regional strategy to reach more urban leaders.

Compassion International – Compassion currently works with 2 million sponsored kids. We are working toward a partnership to collaborate and create resources for all their leaders in urban areas. Currently, we are piloting a partnership with Compassion’s work in the Dominican Republic. They are using our Spanish Discipleship Toolkit that reaches over 22,000 youth. If it is received well, then expansion into the rest of Compassion’s Latin American operations is possible.

Young Life – Young Life Multi-Ethnic has over 800 staff members who work with over 400,000 urban youth. The goal of our partnership is to provide all of Young Life Multi-Ethnic’s staff with relevant resources, training, and tools to help them grow in their capacity and impact the lives of urban youth.

DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative - DVULI has an incredible network of urban youth workers in 34 major cities in the United States. We are partnering together on a regional strategy that will support their current networks of urban leaders while growing in the number of next-generation urban leaders that are engaged in our process.

CONSTANT CONTENT CREATION AND AUDIENCE GROWTH
With the advent of our Creative team, we have doubled our projected outcome with a 10.12% increase in engagement. Most importantly we are excited to see many of our current audiences engage in our leadership process.

DKIT RESOURCE
The UYWI Discipleship Toolkit: The UYWI Discipleship Toolkit is a digital resource of videos for youth workers to lead their youth on a discipleship journey through biblically-based spiritual conversations. Currently, our Discipleship Toolkit has reached over 75,000 youth through their leaders in all 50 states and 30 different countries.

DIGITAL DISCIPLESHIP (NEW RESOURCE)
Digital Discipleship: In partnership with Love Thy Nerd and Satellite Gaming, UYWI is seeking created video resources and training to help leaders and churches know how to reach and disciple youth digitally. Engagement #’s

REGIONAL TRAINING EVENTS
- MANHOOD CAMP: Thanks to leaders coming together for this conference in the midst of a pandemic, Manhood Camp was available as a digital conference for youth across the country. We had 69 leaders and 116 youth in attendance.

- ZOOM CALLS: We provided 23 Zoom calls in 2020 and continued to host Zoom calls again in 2021. They focused on the series, Implementation of Best Practices and Conversations About the Future. Our goal is to share the best practices for social engagement with youth during this time of physical distancing and igniting a conversation about how today’s reality shapes the future of the Church and the movement of urban leaders.

CERTIFICATION CENTER
The Certification Program Los Angeles and New York: In 2020, we had 30 graduates from 2 cohorts in New York and Los Angeles. In 2021 we launched 2 new cohorts in LA and NY, while also adding a new cohort in Houston, TX.

FUEL NETWORKS
We continued to invest in our 10 networks in the following cities: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee, Columbus, Cleveland, Queens, DC, New Jersey.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HISPANIC MINISTRY CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Carter

Tommy Nixon

Urban Youth Workers Institute

Hector Gonzalez

Physician

Dennis Neal

Real Estate and SRG

Steve Carter

Preacher & Author

Anthony Flynn

CEO/Founder, Gifted Foundation

Chantel Runnels

Co-Owner Raincross High Performance

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/02/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.