URBAN YOUTH IMPACT INC

Love. Equip. Empower.

aka Urban Youth Impact   |   West Palm Beach, FL   |  www.urbanyouthimpact.com

Mission

Urban Youth Impact exists to love, equip and empower inner-city youth to fulfill their God-given purpose.

Ruling year info

1998

Founder

Mr. Chris Tress

President/CEO

Mr. Chris Tress

Main address

2823 North Australian Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33407 USA

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EIN

91-1901103

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The children Urban Youth Impact serves live in Palm Beach County’s most at-risk neighborhoods due to poverty levels, school readiness, graduation rates, teen birth rates, violence and a significant problem with fatherlessness, according to Children's Services Council and Community Needs Assessment. We are the only faith-based, comprehensive outreach and after-school program teaching literacy, leadership, music, arts, sciences, spiritual enrichment and with a year-round job-readiness program.

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?

The Leadership Academy

The primary goal of The Leadership Academy (TLA) after-school and out-of-school program is to prepare the students it serves to succeed in life by providing academic assistance, character development and spiritual enrichment through the students’ formative years.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Reframe equips youth from the inner-city and urban community with the valuable life and job skills they need for a successful entry into the workforce. In addition, Reframe also provides college and career exploration opportunities as well as a bridge to local employers.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Summer Jam is a seven-week day camp that offers outdoor games, arts and crafts, field trips, and educational and spiritual enrichment. Summer Jam is open to students in second grade through high school and first priority is given to students currently enrolled in The Leadership Academy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

CREATE is Urban Youth Impact’s unique and innovative science and art program! CREATE stands for Connecting, Restoring, Empowering Artists Through Experiences. It’s a program that uses the arts and sciences to connect students with each other and God, restore them to who God’s created them to be, and empower them to creatively express themselves while impacting the world around them.

Population(s) Served

Urban Youth Impact serves at various off site campuses throughout Palm Beach County's inner-city communities.

Population(s) Served

Statistics have shown that students with a mentor are much more successful in all areas of their lives. Children hold a special place in God’s heart and therefore should hold a special place in ours as well.



E34 is our mentoring program here at Urban Youth Impact. E34 is short for Ezekiel chapter 34. In this passage God is calling His people to action and challenging us to go out and care for His sheep. It is our responsibility as believers to take care of those around us especially the little ones. Our mission is to empower kids with the love of Christ by doing life together as we build into them spiritually, physically, and socially.



Our goal is that every student in each of our programs will have a mentor. We would love for you to join us as we impact our community with the love of Christ by becoming a mentor. You can be a part of pouring into this next generation.

Population(s) Served

JCS at UYI exists to assist parents in the endeavor to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6). Its mission is to spiritually and academically foster a biblical worldview that will challenge, shape, and inspire our learners to think critically influencing the world for Christ. Learners will achieve academic excellence; embody obedience, respect, and responsibility as they follow God's purposes for their lives.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Accreditations

NonProfits First 2021

Awards

City's best Faith-Based/Non-Profit Outreach 2006

City of West Palm Beach

Crystal Palm Award for Outstanding Emerging Nonprofit Organization. 2002

Nonprofit Resource Institute

Neighborhood Builder's Award 2012

Bank of America

Top Workplaces of South Florida 2022

Sun-Sentinel

Impact Award for West Palm Beach 2017

Northwest Community Consortium

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2000

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

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

People of African descent, Multiracial people, Children, Adolescents, Preteens

Related Program

The Leadership Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All numbers are % of students who improved their STAR Reading scores by at least two grade levels in a school year. 2020 - 2021 statistics influenced by COVID-19 lockdowns & student absenteeism.

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.

Together, with our partners, we help improve students’ reading ability to succeed in school, strengthen their employability and leadership skills to succeed in the marketplace, and help them discover their God-given purpose to succeed in life. We enhance their life experiences through mentor relationships. Our award-winning programs have low student/teacher ratios, intentional loving relationships, and are sustained by community partnerships, foundations, businesses, churches, and individuals.

Our strategies can be summarized through our three main programs The Leadership Academy, Reframe and CREATE (Connecting, Restoring, Empowering Artists Through Experiences).

The Leadership Academy is our after-school program which provides a continuum of services for Kindergarten to college, increasing a student's chances for future success with each passing year. The Leadership Academy participants receive academic assistance primarily in literacy, character development, social skills emotional guidance, spiritual enrichment.

Reframe is our year-round program empowers youth 14-22 through mentorship, college prep, and career exploration. Students participate in weekly workshops, field trips as well as post-secondary advising. The program affords opportunities for job and internship search. Since its inception, Reframe participation has resulted in over 200 internship placements.

CREATE (Connecting, Restoring, Empowering Artists Through Experiences). CREATE is a program that uses arts and sciences to connect students with each other and God, to restore them to who God's created them to be, and empower them to creatively express themselves while impacting the world around them.

When Urban Youth Impact began in 1997, we were reaching small groups of kids through neighborhood outreaches. Over twenty years later, students gather regularly at Urban Youth Impact's 32,000 square foot ‘campus‘ in West Palm Beach, FL. We are serving hundreds of inner-city kids each week to improve their literacy scores to excel in school, leadership skills to increase their employability in the marketplace, apply biblical lessons to their lives, and expand their life experiences through music, the arts, cooking, and photography.

For over 20 years, Urban Youth Impact has faithfully served the inner-city community and enjoys wide-spread respect and support from leaders across the city and county; local leaders in business, government, churches, foundations and from other nonprofit organizations. Today, as an organization, we are even better positioned to serve our neighborhoods. Our Founder, Bill Hobbs, who left his PGA golf pro career to follow the Lord's purpose for his life, began this ministry with only a few dollars in the bank. Now, Urban Youth Impact has a staff of over 40 team members and a budget of in excess of $3.0 million. Bill spends time investing and inspiring new people to join us on our mission of loving, equipping and empowering inner-city youth. Our president, Chris Tress, has served with us in various leadership capacities for over twenty years and now leads us, as we continue to ignite change in our community.

As we look toward the future, Urban Youth Impact is in the process of completing a three-phase development plan.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the plan have already been completed.

Phase 1 included a 200-seat Life Center auditorium for student presentations, chapel services, as well as community events. The total investment of phase-one was $1.9 million and was finished in the summer of 2018.

Phase 2 of the plan included 7 additional classrooms for 84 more students to be enrolled in The Leadership Academy and a state of the art teaching kitchen for our CREATE program and was completed in August 2021. The total investment for phase-two was an additional $1.6 million.

The third and final phase of the plan will include relocation of the Administrative staff to the 2nd floor of the Life Center, a complete renovation of the existing Administration Building, which will become the Early Learning Center, and the renovation of the 2nd Floor of the Education Building to include an expansion of our Reframe program and the soon to be launched Experiencing Unexpected Pathways ('EUP') program, where inner-city youth will have the opportunity to explore their future opportunities for growth in the Fine Arts, Music & Dance, Audio-Visual concepts, as well as computer related fields like website development, social media marketing, graphic art, CAD design and business systems.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our mission is "To Love, Equip & Empower inner-city youth to fulfill their God-given purpose", and as such we serve the youth of disadvantaged neighborhoods in Palm Beach County and their families.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, Family & Community sit-downs,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently extended our transportation zones to include some housing projects that had previously not been able to access our on-campus programs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    When dealing with the youth we have learned to recognize that their parents or guardians have to be intricately involved in any adjustments or additions that we are planning to make in our programs or operations.

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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URBAN YOUTH IMPACT INC

Board of directors
as of 04/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Brian McPherson

Gunster


Board co-chair

Mr. Rob Morris

Chick-fil-A

William Hobbs

Urban Youth Impact

Brian McPherson

Gunster

Rob Morris

Chick-fil-A Palm Beach Lakes and Chick-fil-A Okeechobee & Turnpike

Joe Morrison

DataRobot

Andrew Cornell

Move the Lid

Rob Rabenecker

Chick-fil-A

Chris Tress

Urban Youth Impact

Berry Williams

Raymond James

Bob Norris

Royal Poinciana Chapel

Daryl Nelson

Calvary Chapel

Aimee Nelson

Calvary Chapel

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 3/30/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/30/2022

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.