Leaders in Christian organizations are carefully selected to participate in a 15-month training program. They are mentored through a series of courses to gain practical skills in seven key areas. Each participant becomes a member of a close-knit cohort, a group of like-minded leaders from their city. Program participants gain access to essential relationships that will benefit them for years into the future. The training program is designed to be a lasting community that supports and nourishes their youth ministry journey. Our leaders arrive with an exceptionally high level of passion and energy. We work alongside them to ensure they are equipped with the sustainable skills, experience, and resources to match their passion. They leave with a transformative strategic plan to implement in their communities.
Trishelle Robinson Cleveland 2013
This was a catapulting moment in my life. I am forever grateful for the opportunity from DVULI for the year that changed my life!
Across the country, thousands of urban youth leaders are on a mission to change their communities for the better. Despite their passion and drive, many lack the resources and skills needed to succeed. The DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative exists to come alongside these leaders and support them with high-level, faith-based leadership training. This training provides the skills and tools they need to work in urban youth ministry for the long haul. Our cause is to make a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged urban youth by investing in their leaders.
Each year, in five select US cities, up to 60 urban youth leaders are identified to receive this training opportunity at no cost. Applications are only accepted from leaders between September through December. This process requires being nominated and invited to a private interview. Only the applicants who meet our selection criteria and requirements are accepted into the program.