Youth Development


Love. Equip. Empower

aka Urban Youth Impact

West Palm Beach, FL


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

Ruling Year



Mr. Bill Hobbs


Mr. Chris Tress

Main Address

2823 North Australian Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33407 USA


Children, youth, inner-city, underprivileged, leadership, literacy, non-profit, family, faith-based, after school, summer camp, empowerment, love, equip, ministry, urban, African-American, minority, at-risk, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Christian (X20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

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The Leadership Academy

Reframe: Work Program

Summer Jam


Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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 SMART (Science Meets Art). 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. SMART (Science Meets Art). In 2014, UYI responded to a critical need in math and science education through SMART. SMART takes NASA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activity periods one step further by infusing Arts into its STEAM initiative. The program extends weekly academic enrichment to TLA students at no cost to students. Students can choose from over 20 electives in music, cooking, the arts, sciences and more.

When Urban Youth Impact began in 1997, we were reaching small groups of kids through neighborhood outreaches. Over twenty years later, hundreds of 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 35 individuals and a budget of $2.9 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.

At the beginning of each academic year, students are assessed and evaluated on their reading level entering our program then re-evaluated at the end to compare their growth. In addition, our Reframe program, which is our preparatory work program for high school age students, is evaluated based on graduation rates as well as college acceptance rates. These assessments allow us to evaluate whether or not we are providing the proper resources for our students to excel both inside the classroom and in everyday life.

As we look toward the future, Urban Youth Impact is in the process of completing a three-phase development plan. Phase-one has been completed, which included a 200 seat Life Center 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-two of the plan includes 7 additional classrooms for 84 more students to be enrolled in The Leadership Academy and a state of the art teaching kitchen for our Science Meets Art program. The total investment for phase-two is $1.6 million. Currently, Urban Youth Impact has 63% committed or $1 million. The third and final phase of the plan will include audio and visual arts studio for our Science Meets Art program in addition to more office for our administrative staff. The total investment for phase-three is $1 million. More is being accomplished today, but there is much more work to be done. We invite you to join what God is doing through this ministry. Together we can impact more lives in our local community through loving, equipping and empowering inner-city youth.

External Reviews


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

Affiliations & Memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2000




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