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Wednesday, May 16
 

5:30pm

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

Wednesday May 16, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Student Union Building
 
Thursday, May 17
 

7:15am

7:30am

Heritage Café Open

Thursday May 17, 2018 7:30am - 6:00pm
Heritage Café

7:30am

8:00am

Private Event - YL LSS
Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 11:30am
Myers 105

8:30am

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. Signup 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 at the Spiritual Direction booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00am - 7:00pm
Spiritual Direction Booth (Exhibit Hall)

9:00am

Prayer Chapel
The Soul Care Prayer Chapel is an 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 17, 2018 9:00am - 11:00pm
Prayer Chapel

10:00am

Fish Swim in Schools: How Critical is Campus Ministry?
America's largest unreached people group is her public school students. Yet many churches struggle to prioritize campus ministry in productive ways. What is needed to mobilize the Church to reach the largest concentration of youth in this gathering place at this point in their lives? Discover the power of collaboration, holistic ministry ideas and practical models of engagement to effectively reach out to schools.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Collier

Sam Collier

Director of City Strategy, Orange Conference
Sam Collier is a speaker, host, and communicator at North Point Ministries and the Director of City Strategy for The reThink Group in Atlanta. Sam founded No Losing, Inc where he empowers over 100k young people to have a winning mindset in life to achieve their goals by creativel... Read More →
avatar for Luma Haddad

Luma Haddad

Area Director & Multiethnic Divisional Coordinator, Young Life South Bay
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director for San Diego South Bay for 17 years. Luma was born in San Francisco, lived in Amman, Jordan, and graduated from PLNU in San Diego in Broadcast Journalism. She is married to Rami, and they have two children, Jordan and Yasme... Read More →
avatar for Nate Landis

Nate Landis

President & Founder, Urban Youth Collaborative
Rev. Nate Landis, Ph.D. is President and founder of Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), a coalition of churches that support student leaders at 97 middle and high schools in San Diego County and Mexico. He also serves as Pastor to Schools at New Vision Christian Fellowship, a multi... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Thrive Collective
Jeremy R. Del Rio, Esq., co-founded and leads Thrive Collective, a nonprofit that creates opportunity through arts and mentoring in schools. He teaches at Alliance and Fuller Seminaries. Jeremy was the founding youth pastor at Abounding Grace Ministries, and worked as a corporate... Read More →
avatar for Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

CEO/ Youth Pastor, Rescue a Generation
Jose is the founder and CEO of Rescue a Generation Inc., a non-profit that focuses on reaching students who are struggling in school due to behavior and family issues. He is a motivational speaker who speaks to students across the nation. His passion for young people, authenticit... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Business 109

10:00am

Revealing Bias and Creating Safe Space
How significant is it to look at and understand the biases we bring into spaces? What does it look like for spaces to be safe for all that inhabit it? This session is designed to better equip youth workers to provide students and their families with safe and healthy relationships. The training focuses on creating safe spaces, practicing cultural humility, and discussing case studies to practically apply what we learn. We will develop a common language and understanding about how to best serve different cultures.

Speakers
avatar for Curt Gibson

Curt Gibson

Associate Director, STARS (formerly 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 men... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Mayer

Bryan Mayer

High School STARS Manager and Mentor Coach, STARS (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation)
Bryan is the manager of High School STARS, a mentoring based after school program. He works cross-culturally with young people and coaches mentors to walk with youth in humility. Bryan has a B.S. in Biology from the College of Charleston and an M. Div. from Fuller Theological Sem... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Rose 002

10:00am

Social Enterprise: Transforming Communities with Entrepreneurship
It’s amazing when a young person comes to know Jesus, but what happens when the everyday life of an urban youth doesn’t change just by a confession of faith? When you consider what it really takes to truly transform communities you’ll see how social enterprise offers urban youth opportunity for life goals and a preferred future. We will look at when urban youth workers examine wholistic care of their youth by emphasizing workforce development and social enterprise.

Speakers
avatar for Becca Bacon

Becca Bacon

Operations Coordinator, Chrysalis Enterprises
Becca has been working in social enterprises for the past 5 years. She attends Fountain of Life Covenant Church and helped launch the opening of 5000 Pies in 2014, where she worked for 2 years. Currently, Becca works at Chrysalis, on the operations team of their social enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Sean Butler

Sean Butler

Director of Solid Enterprises, Solidarity
Sean Butler was most recently Co-Owner of Seoulmate restaurant in Fullerton, CA. Previous work ranged from management at a $20B a year company, to operations manager at a family-owned manufacturer. Sean is the Director of Solid Enterprises is passionate to help urban youth streng... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Gillespie

Patrick Gillespie

Solid T Director, Solidatity/Solid T
Patrick Gillespie moved to Fullerton, CA, from Salem, OR. He studied Studio Arts & Biblical Studies at Biola University (Class of 2014). Combining his experience growing up in small business, and his education in design and creative direction, Patrick leads the team at Solid T, S... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Greer

Adrian Greer

Executive Director/Founder, MYTHIRDPLACE
After growing up as a knucklehead urban youth himself, Adrian gained over 10 years of experience as an urban youth worker from various churches and organizations before founding MYTHIRDPLACE in 2013. He continues to invest in, and remain committed to teens in his hometown, who fa... Read More →
avatar for John Lewis

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 desi... Read More →
avatar for Michael Mata

Michael Mata

Director, M.A. in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL), Azusa Pacific Seminary
Michael has 30 years of experience in urban transformation. He is director of the Transformational Urban Leadership Program at Azusa Pacific Seminary, and serves as Community Transformation Specialist for Compassion Creates Change. He was the director of Tools for Transformation... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Mo-Wong

Kevin Mo-Wong

Executive Director, Solidarity
Kevin is a Founder and Executive Director of Solidarity, a faith based non-profit that strengthens urban communities. Since 2002, Solidarity has been living, working, and walking with low income neighborhoods in a way that drastically shaped Kevin's understanding of Kingdom, God... Read More →
avatar for Becky Teter

Becky Teter

CEO, Fountain of Life Covenant Church, 5000 Pies
Becky Teter is the Director of Ministries for Fountain of Life Covenant Church. She is the CEO of FOL’s Social Enterprise, 5000 Pies which seeks to transform the lives of young adults in West Long Beach through culinary employment, mentoring, and life skills coaching. Becky and... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Business 103

10:00am

Violence: More than an Act of Aggression
When violence befalls our youth and communities, it has intense impact and repercussions. But violence is a symptom. If we are to change its impact on our communities, we must address the root causes and systems that create unsafe communities and relationships. Join this expert panel to learn how to combat it for community transformation. This Deep Dive will focus on gang culture/violence, teen domestic violence, and systems of incarceration.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Curca

Monica Curca

Founder and Director, Activate Labs
Monica Curca is a peacebuilder. She founded and directs Activate Labs, a design strategy, storytelling, and transformational peacebuilding organization centering on those directly impacted by violence. Monica, a BIOLA alumni, holds two Masters Degrees from the Heller School for S... Read More →
avatar for Scott Larson

Scott Larson

President, Straight Ahead Ministries
Dr. Larson founded Straight Ahead Ministries 31 years ago, which focuses on reaching juvenile offenders across 12 states and 5 countries. He also founded the "Every Youth, Every Facility" initiative which works with 40 national ministries to reach every youth in every juvenile fa... Read More →
avatar for Eric Vasquez

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.
avatar for Amy Williams

Amy Williams

Gang Intervention Specialist/Juvenile Justice Advocate, A Hope Dealer
Amy “Hope Dealer” Williams, is a 23-year youth ministry veteran and certified Gang Intervention Specialist. Amy is a task force member for the National Institute for Juvenile Justice Ministries, a steering committee member for the CCDA Mass Incarceration Task Force, and a Nor... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Café Banquet Room (Cafeteria)

10:00am

Which Lives Matter? Navigating Race, Injustice, and the Relationship of Urban Youth and Law Enforcement
Police brutality, justified cause, unarmed teen, protests and outrage. In a time where news feeds are dominated with stories of injustice, racism, and which side to take, how do you navigate bringing healing to your community? Join in this interactive panel with law enforcement, community leaders and youth workers to find out how to build bridges for healthier communities for urban youth.

Speakers
avatar for Ana Jara

Ana Jara

Youth and 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 talent... Read More →
avatar for Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Director of Partnerships & Collaborations, STARS (formerly 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 STARS (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation). He is responsible for building support and advocacy within the school dis... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Marshburn Hall: Mayers Auditorium

10:00am

Worship Leadership: A Discussion for Worship Leaders with Joshua Chavez
“I loved the worship!” We hear this often in response to amazing moments guided by gifted and anointed worship leaders but what does it mean, not just to lead worship, but to display leadership through worship leading? How does it shape your church, your community and impact the world? Joshua Chavez sits with several amazing worship leaders and pastors to answer these very questions. You won’t want to miss this rare chance to hear from this awesome panel!

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Chavez

Joshua Chavez

Lead Pastor, 7th Street Church
Joshua Chavez was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has worked as a songwriter, producer, and singer. He has worked with music labels, TV shows, and traveled with Promise Keepers and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusades. Entwined with Joshua's love of music is his love for God... Read More →
avatar for DK Kim

DK Kim

Worship Pastor, Mariners Church
DK is passionate about bridging the divide between cultures, generations, and the worship battleground. Constantly learning how to be a better dad to his 2 kids, and a sexier husband to his wife of 12 years, DK serves as worship pastor at Mariners Church where he gets to witness... Read More →
avatar for James Paek

James Paek

Worship Leader, Willow Creek Community Church
James Paek is an artist, designer, and liturgist. With experience in design research and strategy (including helping to reimagine the Michigan State public assistance application process) and church ministry (both as creative and worship arts pastor), James loves sitting at the i... Read More →
avatar for Darris Sneed

Darris Sneed

CEO & Founder, DS Collective
Ohio native, Darris Sneed resides in Newport Beach, CA. The CEO and Founder of the creative collective, DSCO, he spends his time leading worship at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA as well as being a touring artist.


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Marshburn 4

11:30am

Cafeteria Open for Lunch
Meal Pass wristbands are eligible for this meal. Single-meal purchases can be made with cash or credit card.

Food
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Biola Cafeteria

Café Biola is the main dining room, located in the center of campus.  Cafeteria meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband, starting Thursday lunch and ending Sat breakfast. All others can purchase individual meals with cash or credit... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
Cafeteria

11:30am

Lunch Served in Festival Area
Meal Pass wristbands are valid for this meal. Single-meal purchases can be made with cash only.

Food
avatar for Biola Food Services at the Festival

Biola Food Services at the Festival

Biola will be bringing meals out to the UYWI Festival during lunch and dinner time, so you can enjoy the performances and Festival activities while you eat. These meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband. All others can purchase individual m... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
Festival Area

12:00pm

Festival Performances
12:00pm - 12:30pm - Yeesh Yellow
12:30 - 1:00pm - Erica Mason

Artists
avatar for Erica Mason

Erica Mason

Artist
Erica Mason is often described in 2 words: PRETTY N RADICAL. It simply means: “To love who God made you and how God made you. It means to be Pretty from Within.”  Erica learned that true beauty begins with accepting and embracing your authentic self. Erica’s Pretty N Radic... Read More →
avatar for Yeesh Yellow

Yeesh Yellow

Music Artist, @yeeshyellow
Brett "Yeesh Yellow" Walker comes from a mixed race family and the spiritual family of Judah's Smith's church, Churchome in Kirkland, Washington where Brett is currently a ministry intern. Brett has a unique and fresh flow that has been influenced by Logic and The Social Club Mis... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jam The Hype Stage Festival Area

12:00pm

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.

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

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 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Jam The Hype Stage Festival Area

2:00pm

General Session 1
Moderators
avatar for Adam Cruz

Adam Cruz

Music Artist, 7th Street Church
Adam is a 90s kid, hip-hop artist, youth/young adult leader, and active servant of the local church. Adam works at Biola University full-time for the Crowell School of Business. He loves his wife, pizza, and people, in that order. Long Beach, CA is his home.
avatar for Genevieve Smith

Genevieve Smith

Associate Regional 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 th... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sean Fenner

Sean Fenner

Founder, The Creators Culture
Sean Fenner is a mentor, speaker, coach, and trainer with an intense passion to awaken this generation to an authentic relationship with Jesus. Sean is deeply passionate about multi-ethnic and urban ministry, campus ministry, community transformation, and effective discipleship t... Read More →
avatar for Tommy Nixon

Tommy Nixon

Chief Strategic Officer, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Tommy is excited to join the UYWI team as the Chief Strategy Officer to see God transform the urban center. He is a Founder and was Executive Director of Solidarity, and is currently the lead pastor at One Life City Church. His passion is to help urban leaders lead from a place o... Read More →
avatar for John Teter

John Teter

Senior Pastor, Fountain of Life Covenant Church
John Teter is Senior Pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Long Beach and serves as executive director of Fountain of Life Antioch (church’s planting wing). He has co-authored two books, Get the Word Out, and Jesus & the Hip-Hop Prophets. He is a proud member of the Los... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

DJ, @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 Ic... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Chavez Band

Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
The 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... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Gym

2:00pm

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 17, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall

4:00pm

Best Practices in Supporting Youth After a Death
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. Participants will also be pointed toward additional resources to support youth through non-death losses.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Leong

Jen Leong

Clinical Director, New Hope Grief Support Community
Jen Leong, LMFT, 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 Director at New Hope Grief Support Community in Long Beach, CA. Jen also provides grief education... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Business 207

4:00pm

Bi-Vocational Youth Ministry... Dilly Dilly!
Work, school, family, and yeah, a youth worker too! We’ve all been there or currently in the grind. The question is, “How do we become effective bi-vocational youth workers?” Join me as we unpack this, just like unpacking a fresh pair of Air Jordan’s! Walk away understanding being intentional, disciplined, and organized. Ready? Dilly Dilly!

Speakers
avatar for Nohán Cruz

Nohán Cruz

Youth Pastor, Horeb Youth Ministries
A bi-vocational youth pastor for 15 years, Nohán serves Latino youth workers as the coordinator for Especíalídades 625 Los Angeles, Chaplain for Fellowship Christian Athletes LA City FCA, and a weekly radio program in spanglish "Hablemos Juventud" on Dash Radio. Abov all, his... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Myers 108

4:00pm

Family Ministry in an Urban Context
What do you do when the family dynamics and structures in your ministry context are un-churched and non-traditional? How do you develop a holistic family ministry for students in households led by a foster family, blended family, single-parent, same-sex partnership, grandparent, teen mother, extended family member while the child's parent is incarcerated? Learn tools to engage these families in a very real, relevant, and righteous way.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Wallace

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 happi... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Business 220

4:00pm

Fundraising 101: Finding Manna in the Urban Wilderness
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. Rookies and veterans alike will benefit from this refreshing conversation. Real-life stories and practical tools for success will encourage you to find provision for your God-given vision.

Speakers
avatar for Nate Landis

Nate Landis

President & Founder, Urban Youth Collaborative
Rev. Nate Landis, Ph.D. is President and founder of Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), a coalition of churches that support student leaders at 97 middle and high schools in San Diego County and Mexico. He also serves as Pastor to Schools at New Vision Christian Fellowship, a multi... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Business 201

4:00pm

Gasoline or Water? How to Help Your Youth Deal with Anger
This workshop will address the anger-inducing issues that youth are facing, and provide tools you can use to help them cool off and righteously respond. Ephesians 4:26.

Speakers
avatar for William Cumby

William Cumby

Youth Pastor, The Fountain of Praise
William Cumby is the Youth Pastor for The Fountain of Praise in Houston, TX, and has served in youth ministry for over 12 years. A graduate of Oral Roberts University and the DEVOS Urban Leadership Initiative, William is a blogger and curriculum author for Youth Specialties. Will... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Myers 109

4:00pm

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
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.


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Talbot East: Andrews Banquet Room

4:00pm

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
avatar for Diana Bravo

Diana Bravo

STARS Program Leader, STARS (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation)
Diana was born and raised in Pasadena. She is the first in her family to graduate high school and understands the immigrant experience. She is passionate to help youth through art from her experience with Americorps and after-school programs. She collaborates with partners to des... Read More →
avatar for Curt Gibson

Curt Gibson

Associate Director, STARS (formerly 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 men... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Business 105

4:00pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Emilie Schreiber

Emilie Schreiber

YoungLives Divisional Coordinator, YoungLives, (Young Life's Ministry to Teen Moms)
Emilie Schreiber serves as the YoungLives Southwest Divisional Coordinator for Young Life. For over 23 years, Emilie has worked for Young Life, as a mentor, an Area Director, and now her current role. She lives outside San Diego with her two teenage daughters, a dynamic husband... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rose 004

4:00pm

Reachable Reconciliation
Reconciliation isn’t limited to race or culture—it’s the inclusiveness of all people. It is valuing the person next to you without a preconceived perception of who they are, and why they are the way they are. True reconciliation isn’t just about blending your audiences or expanding the diversity of a group—it’s about reachable reconciliation. Join in on practical dialogue on ways to build inclusiveness in the Kingdom.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Oduyoye

Fred Oduyoye

Founder, Reachable Reconciliation
Fred began his career in corporate sales with companies like CSX and Kraft. He has served in youth departments in Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio. Fred was formerly the Director of RELOAD for UYWI and Director of Partnerships for Youth Specialties, and is currently the Director of h... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Myers 106

4:00pm

Roots of Systemic Racism: The Doctrine of Discovery
The Doctrine of Discovery was written by the Catholic Church in the 1400's and has greatly influenced the Church and the nation for the past 500 years, including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Supreme Court. This seminar will examine the history of the Church and the US to uncover the roots of the systemic racism, sexism, and classism that are experienced by many today.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Charles

Mark Charles

Founder, 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 Christia... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Café Banquet Room (Cafeteria)

4:00pm

Sexual Exploitation in Your Community: The Church's Response
The Church's response to sexual exploitation/human trafficking provides an opportunity for community members and students to become educated, and to collaborate around the topic of human trafficking prevention, and the impact on demand. Topics such as true love, healthy relationships, and abuse prevention are discussed. Youth ages 12-29 are charged to advocate, create ideas, and work together to make an impact through activism.

Speakers
avatar for Benita Hopkins

Benita Hopkins

Director of Programs, Generations United
Benita Hopkins works with the non-profit organization, Generations United, which provides literacy programs to and empowers the underserved communities in Redwood City, CA, and provides emergency care for displaced families. She is the Director of Programs. Before GU, she was Dir... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Myers 102

4:00pm

She Leads
Explore the voice, the influence, and the value of women in leadership. Women are both pillars and visionaries who are moving the Kingdom of God into the future.

Speakers
avatar for Noemi Chavez

Noemi Chavez

Lead Pastor, 7th Street Church
Noemi Chavez is co-pastor with her husband, Joshua Chavez, at 7th Street Church. She is the Co-Founder of Brave Global, a conference that focuses on girls who are on probation and/or in the foster care system. Noemi serves on the Student Outreach Board at Biola and is committed t... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Business 103

4:00pm

Spirit-Led, Family-Empowered, and Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry
You’re a busy youth pastor with a passion for seeing students impassioned by the gospel. How do you prioritize your time? How do you strategically inspire leaders towards a dependency on the Holy Spirit, empower and then equip parents, and support students as they seek to live out a vibrant faith? Join us as we discuss strategies for a Spirit-led, family empowered, and gospel centered youth ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Fate Marshman

Megan Fate Marshman

Pastor of Young Adults, Director of Women's Ministires, Arbor Road Church, Hume Ministries
Megan Fate Marshman leads the Women’s Ministry at Hume Lake, shepherds young adults at Arbor Road Church, and speaks about Jesus around the world. She is the author of "SelfLess" and "7 Family Ministry Essentials", and she lives in Long Beach, CA with her family.


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rose 002

4:00pm

The Arts as a Pulpit for Social Justice
The arts are an integral avenue of resistance and proclamation of the gospel. This workshop will explore the arts and its influence on historical and contemporary social justice movements. We will discuss how we can use artistic expression as a means of advancing the gospel to youth and young adults, especially in addressing contemporary justice issues.

Speakers
avatar for Khristi Adams

Khristi Adams

Founder & Director, The Becoming Conference
Khristi is an author, speaker, advocate, and artist. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, ordained with American Baptist Churches, and currently a PhD student at Eastern University. In college she worked in the chaplaincy, youth ministry, and congregational minist... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Business 102

4:00pm

The Proof for the Truth: Keeping Them in The Faith Through Apologetics
The course will give disciple makers the tools necessary to engage our youth with the abundant evidence that proves that God exists, and Christianity is true, so that we don't lose a generation of believers! You will leave knowing the moral, scientific, and archaeological evidence for Christianity, and how to communicate it to all who challenge the one Way, Truth, and source of all life.

Speakers
avatar for Alex McElroy

Alex McElroy

Pastor of Education, New Life Covenant Southeast
Alex McElroy is an international speaker, teacher, author, blogger, and the Pastor of Education at NLCSE in Chicago. For over 12 years, Alex has taught youth and adults, and trained hundreds of ministers to teach accurately and effectively. Alex focuses his teaching on leadership... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Myers 105

4:00pm

What Spiritual Practices (Disciplines) Can Do for You... And What They Cannot
We all wish to live daily in Jesus’ power and presence. We also want this for our youth. Too often, we fail, feel guilty, and just give up. But what spiritual disciplines should we practice? How do we help our students build a healthy set of spiritual practices? Find the answers to these questions in this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Al Siebert

Al Siebert

Executive Director, SoCal Youth For Christ
Al has worked with High School & Middle School students for 50 years in both church & parachurch settings. A graduate of Biola and Talbot Seminary, Al's deepest desire is to see young Christians learn to hear, discern, and follow the voice of Jesus in their everyday lives, no mat... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Myers 103

4:00pm

Your City NEEDS Help
Learn to navigate the process of not just building a ministry, but building a ministry that meets the needs of the community. As believers, it is our responsibility to not just build what we are building, but to meet the needs of our neighbors in the process.

Speakers
avatar for Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

CEO/ Youth Pastor, Rescue a Generation
Jose is the founder and CEO of Rescue a Generation Inc., a non-profit that focuses on reaching students who are struggling in school due to behavior and family issues. He is a motivational speaker who speaks to students across the nation. His passion for young people, authenticit... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Marshburn 4

5:00pm

Cafeteria Open for Dinner
Meal Pass wristbands are eligible for this meal. Single-meal purchases can be made with cash or credit card.

Food
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Biola Cafeteria

Café Biola is the main dining room, located in the center of campus.  Cafeteria meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband, starting Thursday lunch and ending Sat breakfast. All others can purchase individual meals with cash or credit... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cafeteria

5:00pm

Dinner Served in Festival Area
Meal Pass wristbands are valid for this meal. Single-meal purchases can be made with cash only.

Food
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Biola Food Services at the Festival

Biola will be bringing meals out to the UYWI Festival during lunch and dinner time, so you can enjoy the performances and Festival activities while you eat. These meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband. All others can purchase individual m... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Festival Area

5:15pm

Festival Performances
5:15pm - 5:45pm - Milliyon
5:45pm - 6:15pm - Hee Sun Lee
6:15pm - 6:45pm - Bryann Trejo

Artists
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Bryann Trejo

Music Artist, @kingdomuzic
Bryann Trejo spent most of his teenage and young adult years in prison for armed robberies and the selling of narcotics. In May of 2013, his brother was innocently murdered in a retaliation to a young kid that was murdered the week prior. Bryann could have avenged his brother in... Read More →
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Hee Sun Lee

Music Artist, @msheesunlee
Hee Sun Lee enjoys examining society’s stereotypes, like the one that suggests that someone of Korean heritage lacks the talent and skills to make it in Hip Hop. All of Lee’s diverse experiences have fused to influence her lyrics, her music, and her image as a positive role m... Read More →
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Milliyon

Music Artist, @iammilliyon
Born in Atlanta, Milliyon has had his share of challenges like growing up in a single parent household because of the murder of his father at an early age. Milliyon focuses on remaining faithful and remaining passionate about what God has done. “I want to tell people about the... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Jam The Hype Stage Festival Area

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.

Thursday May 17, 2018 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Exhibit Hall

7:00pm

General Session 2
Moderators
avatar for Adam Cruz

Adam Cruz

Music Artist, 7th Street Church
Adam is a 90s kid, hip-hop artist, youth/young adult leader, and active servant of the local church. Adam works at Biola University full-time for the Crowell School of Business. He loves his wife, pizza, and people, in that order. Long Beach, CA is his home.
avatar for Genevieve Smith

Genevieve Smith

Associate Regional 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 th... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Raphael McManus

Erwin Raphael McManus

Founder & Lead Pastor, Mosaic
Erwin McManus, a native of El Salvador, holds a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University. Erwin is a storyteller and observer of life. His newest book is The... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Alexander James

Alexander James

Spoken Word Artist / Minister, @Bhonest_
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... Read More →
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DJ Icy Ice

DJ, @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 Ic... Read More →
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
The 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... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Gym

9:00pm

9:00pm

Eagles Nest Open for Snacks

Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Eagle's Nest

9:00pm

Root Beer on Tap / Soda Shop & Games, Sponsored by Thousand Pines
Enjoy some soda pop and play some fun games.

Food
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Thousand Pines

Thousand Pines is a Christian Camp and Conference Center located in the San Bernardino mountains at about 5,000 feet. We host Program Camps throughout the year for youth, children, and adults. We also host custom retreats (Guest Groups) year-round at our Conference Center, which... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Festival Area

9:00pm

Doritos & Tapatio Bar
Food
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Doritos and Tapatio Bar

Doritos + Tapatio + Limón = YUM!

Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Festival Area

9:00pm

Art Lounge
We bring the canvas and paint.  You bring your creativity.

Artists
avatar for Brandon Beukelman

Brandon Beukelman

Visual Artist, @brandonbeuk
Brandon is a full-time pastor at West Cypress Church in Cypress, CA. Brandon has been an artist for 20 years, specializing in clay, skateboards, paint, sculpture as his media.  He uses his art to illustrate concepts from the Bible, and his passion for art and the Gospel intersec... Read More →
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Ritchie Kong

Visual 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 in... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Art Lounge Festival Area

9:00pm

Silent Dance Party
They can't shut us down! The Jam the Hype stage turns into a dance party!  Join DJ Aslan & DJ Icy Ice as they broadcast on the Jam the Hype radio station LIVE from the UYWI conference, playing all the latest urban hits.  Gather & Dance using your own headphones, the UYWI app or Jam the Hype app, and your phone.  Everyone can join this dance party, except the neighbors.  So, let's have the fun while they stay at home.

Artists
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

DJ, @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 Ic... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Jam The Hype Stage Festival Area
 
Friday, May 18
 

7:00am

Cafeteria Open for Breakfast
Meal Pass wristbands are eligible for this meal. Single-meal purchases can be made with cash or credit card.

Food
avatar for Biola Cafeteria

Biola Cafeteria

Café Biola is the main dining room, located in the center of campus.  Cafeteria meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband, starting Thursday lunch and ending Sat breakfast. All others can purchase individual meals with cash or credit... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am
Cafeteria

7:30am

Heritage Café Open

Friday May 18, 2018 7:30am - 6:00pm
Heritage Café

7:30am

8:00am

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.

Friday May 18, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall

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. Signup 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 at the Spiritual Direction booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Friday May 18, 2018 8:00am - 7:00pm
Spiritual Direction Booth (Exhibit Hall)

8:30am

8:30am

Prayer Chapel Open
The Soul Care Prayer Chapel is an 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 18, 2018 8:30am - 11:00pm
Prayer Chapel

9:00am

Beyond Fans
Beyond Fans is taking discipleship beyond a good idea or hopeful goal, but establishing a real practical plan to see young people become maturing disciples of Jesus Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Zamora

Gabriel Zamora

Youth Pastor, Zamora Ministries
Gabriel Zamora was pulled out of an extreme background of gangs, violence and poverty and called into the ministry at the age of 13 at Youth for The Nations Summer Camp. He has ministered nationally and internationally in over 21 countries. Gabriel has been married for eight year... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Talbot East: Andrews Banquet Room

9:00am

Can the Church be Good News to LGBTQIA+ Teens?
Imagine marginalized youth in your community being the “lower end” or not mainstream. As resources get scarce, less energy will be focused toward those on the fringe, and will instead be directed towards the familiar/norm. In this workshop, we will reconsider ministry in the context of our current reality, and strive to innovate new ways to reach LGBTQIA+ youth, who are marginalized, exploited, and vulnerable.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Schaffner

Chris Schaffner

Founder/Speaker/Author, Conversations on the Fringe
Chris is a certified counselor, founder of Conversations on the Fringe, and a veteran youth worker. He’s been working with hurting children, teens, and adults for over 20 years.


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Marshburn Hall: Mayers Auditorium

9:00am

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
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Director of Youth Ministry, Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church
Ginny Olson is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church. She's been involved in youth ministry for several decades on a variety of levels: youth pastor, youth ministry professor, speaker, and writer. She is the co-author of "Youth Ministr... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Myers 110

9:00am

Defragmenting Your Mind
This seminar uses practical and fun activities to help you reflect, review, and refresh your thinking, processing, and perspective of your calling, core values, and capacity to learn and grow.

Speakers
avatar for Marvin Daniels

Marvin Daniels

Executive Director/CEO, The Hope Center KC
Marvin Daniels is the Executive Director of the Hope Center, a community and youth development organization in Kansas City. He has 30 years of experience serving, teaching, training, speaking, and organizing in Youth Ministry in a variety of venues. He has been married to his wif... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Rose 003

9:00am

Don't Call My Kids Crazy: Mental Health and Youth Today
Mental health stands in the forefront of news headlines involving mass shootings, suicides, substance use, depression, anxiety, and bullying. In an isolated and digitally connected society, mental health is steadily deteriorating in individuals, relationships, and our youth. This workshop will equip you with a deeper understanding of mental health, how to recognize the signs, cope, and debunk myths which cause fear, shame and stigma.

Speakers
avatar for Emelen Cedillo

Emelen Cedillo

Mental Health Educator & Founder, Emelen Talks Presents: The Runaway Project
Emelen is the founder of The Runaway Project, where she educates on topics such as mental health, suicide, anger, stress, and more. She is a first-generation graduate from Texas State University. Emelen currently resides in Los Angeles and has spent time educating and empowering... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Talbot East 007

9:00am

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
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.


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Rose 002

9:00am

Going Beyond Fish-Giving: Leadership Development for the Current Realities
Youth tend to be more interested in living out a faith that addresses the challenges of our world today, rather than one that is solely church-centric. We will look at a framework that goes beyond program development, and the tools leaders may need for holistic transformation in urban communities.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Mata

Michael Mata

Director, M.A. in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL), Azusa Pacific Seminary
Michael has 30 years of experience in urban transformation. He is director of the Transformational Urban Leadership Program at Azusa Pacific Seminary, and serves as Community Transformation Specialist for Compassion Creates Change. He was the director of Tools for Transformation... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Myers 106

9:00am

Immigration From a Biblical Perspective
We’ll explore what the Bible actually says about immigration. We’ll also look at our current immigration system and break down myths and facts. In a time where immigration has become more and more polarizing, it’s more crucial than ever to seek truth and wisdom in our role as the Church.

Speakers
avatar for Bethany Anderson

Bethany Anderson

Initiative Director, Solidarity & Camino Immigration Services
Bethany is the founder and director of Camino Immigration Services, an initiative of Solidarity that provides affordable legal services. She also leads the OC Immigration Table, a coalition of Christian leaders working towards inclusion and reform. Bethany has lived in Fullerton... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Myers 109

9:00am

Mentoring Gang-Affiliated Youth
Youth in gangs need mentorship and discipleship. Who will go? Us! In this workshop, you'll learn best practices for engaging and mentoring banged out teens! You'll hear from teens who will help you understand the culture, and give you great insight on how to start relationship building and developing trust with these youth.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Vasquez

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 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Myers 105

9:00am

Power and Authority
Power is the ability to act, and authority is the permission to act. The world operates through power, but Christ operated out of authority. This workshop will examine the Biblical dynamics of power and authority, looking closely at how the church's obsession with power has caused it to become impotent in regards to authority, and therefore less capable of confronting systemic evils such as racism and sexism.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Charles

Mark Charles

Founder, 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 Christia... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Café Banquet Room (Cafeteria)

9:00am

Prayed Up or Preyed On
If you're in ministry you know that you gotta pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. In Ephesians we are reminded to "Pray in the Spirit at all times on every occasion and stay alert and be persistent in prayer." Come discover the prayer life needed for your season.

Speakers
avatar for Ilcian Lemus

Ilcian Lemus

Associate Pastor, Purpose LA
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 Purpose L.A. in the San Fernando Valley, where she f... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Myers 102

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. But often, ministries place the emphasis on one person's ability to communicate a sermon. Learn 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
avatar for John Lewis

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 desi... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Business 105

9:00am

Spiritual Resilience: How to Have Lasting Impact
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
avatar for Tommy Nixon

Tommy Nixon

Chief Strategic Officer, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Tommy is excited to join the UYWI team as the Chief Strategy Officer to see God transform the urban center. He is a Founder and was Executive Director of Solidarity, and is currently the lead pastor at One Life City Church. His passion is to help urban leaders lead from a place o... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Marshburn 4

9:00am

Stay Real: Ministering to Hurting Youth Through a Transparency-Based Model
Youth who are hurting long for leaders who can see into their hearts, past the masks they wear. They build walls to protect themselves, and those walls crumble when we learn to minister through honesty and transparency. This workshop requires courage and vulnerability, but will completely change your life and free you to be used by God in new ways.

Speakers
avatar for Melody Rossi

Melody Rossi

Founder/Executive Director, Cloud & Fire
Melody Rossi has empowered indigenous leaders in L.A.’s toughest neighborhoods for over 20 years. Her youth organization, Cloud & Fire, is a second-chance high school for disengaged older youth. As urban missionaries, Melody and her husband have planted a church, worked in yout... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Business 102

9:00am

Story:Teller
There are stories everywhere. A great storyteller can see them, and then find ways to creatively and honestly communicate them. Come and learn how the power of storytelling can be harnessed to inspire communities, build empathy, and create spaces of life change.

Speakers
avatar for James Paek

James Paek

Worship Leader, Willow Creek Community Church
James Paek is an artist, designer, and liturgist. With experience in design research and strategy (including helping to reimagine the Michigan State public assistance application process) and church ministry (both as creative and worship arts pastor), James loves sitting at the i... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Talbot East 109

9:00am

The Creator's Culture: Building and Sustaining a Strong Diverse Urban Youth Ministry
The world is becoming more unified in diversity, while the church stays generally divided and segregated. We have an opportunity in our youth groups and organizations to develop THE CREATOR'S CULTURE where young people from all backgrounds are united in the body of Christ. Let's talk about practical tips to help you in your ministry context.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Fenner

Sean Fenner

Founder, The Creators Culture
Sean Fenner is a mentor, speaker, coach, and trainer with an intense passion to awaken this generation to an authentic relationship with Jesus. Sean is deeply passionate about multi-ethnic and urban ministry, campus ministry, community transformation, and effective discipleship t... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Myers 108

9:00am

The Enneagram for Self-Care and Spiritual Growth
The Enneagram is a typology of nine interconnected personality types. What is less known is that the Enneagram can be a tool for discipleship, self-care, and spiritual growth. We will delve into the strengths and shadow sides of each type, and discuss spiritual practices to nurture personal growth. In a vocation that can be stressful and lead to burnout, it's vitally important to know the pitfalls that can prevent fruitful, life-giving ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Gonzalez

Karen Gonzalez

Writer & Immigrant Advocate, World Relief
Karen Gonzalez is a speaker, writer, and immigrant advocate, who lives in Baltimore, MD. Karen is a former public school teacher, and attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where she studied theology and missiology. For the last 10 years, she has been a non-profit professional and... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Myers 103

9:00am

Using Art to Build Creative Communities
In the late 1970s a creative movement was created: Hip-Hop. Experience hip-hop culture as it was meant to be lived and learn the foundations why the culture still matters to urban youth today. This interactive hands-on jam session will show you how simple it is to start and facilitate building a creative community through the elements of breakdancing, urban arts, emceeing, and DJing.

Speakers
avatar for Dan

Dan "DJ Audible" Emmerie

Director, Urban Arts Outreach
Dan has been doing outreach in the Downtown Santa Ana area with local artists and multiple churches for over a decade. He co-formed a collective of mentors in breakdancing, graffiti, DJing, and poetry called Urban Arts Outreach, who are passionate about seeing the church reconcil... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Rose 004

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 18, 2018 10:15am - 10:45am
Exhibit Hall

10:45am

General Session 3
Moderators
avatar for Adam Cruz

Adam Cruz

Music Artist, 7th Street Church
Adam is a 90s kid, hip-hop artist, youth/young adult leader, and active servant of the local church. Adam works at Biola University full-time for the Crowell School of Business. He loves his wife, pizza, and people, in that order. Long Beach, CA is his home.
avatar for Genevieve Smith

Genevieve Smith

Associate Regional 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 th... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Megan Fate Marshman

Megan Fate Marshman

Pastor of Young Adults, Director of Women's Ministires, Arbor Road Church, Hume Ministries
Megan Fate Marshman leads the Women’s Ministry at Hume Lake, shepherds young adults at Arbor Road Church, and speaks about Jesus around the world. She is the author of "SelfLess" and "7 Family Ministry Essentials", and she lives in Long Beach, CA with her family.
avatar for Dianna Nepstad

Dianna Nepstad

Pastor, Fellowship Church
Dianna Nepstad pastors an incredibly diverse, multi-cultural church outside of San Francisco alongside her husband, Shaun Nepstad. She still makes sure she pursues her other passions, which include homeschooling their 4 daughters, leading female leadership workshops through PROPE... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

DJ, @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 Ic... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Chavez Band

Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
The 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... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm
Gym

11:30am

Cafeteria Open for Lunch
Meal Pass wristbands are eligible for this meal. Single-meal purchases can be made with cash or credit card.

Food
avatar for Biola Cafeteria

Biola Cafeteria

Café Biola is the main dining room, located in the center of campus.  Cafeteria meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband, starting Thursday lunch and ending Sat breakfast. All others can purchase individual meals with cash or credit... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
Cafeteria

11:30am

Lunch Served in Festival Area
Meal Pass wristbands are valid for this meal. Single-meal purchases can be made with cash only.

Food
avatar for Biola Food Services at the Festival

Biola Food Services at the Festival

Biola will be bringing meals out to the UYWI Festival during lunch and dinner time, so you can enjoy the performances and Festival activities while you eat. These meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband. All others can purchase individual m... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
Festival Area

12:15pm

DJ Collective & Festival Performances
12:15 - 12:45pm - DJ Collective
12:45 - 1:15 pm - Xola Malik & Kendi Fresh
1:15 - 1:45pm - Brian Reith

Artists
avatar for Brian Reith

Brian Reith

Music Artist, @breithofficial
Not many recording artists carry the titles “singer, rapper, songwriter, & producer” and stand out in each category. That's what makes Brian Reith (pronounced RYE-TH) so unique, and why so many people have fallen in love with his authentic sound. With influences ranging from... Read More →
avatar for DJ Aslan

DJ Aslan

DJ, @djaslan
Stefan Rosellini (DJ Aslan) has been on the turntables since 1993, mixing hip-hop to house and everything in between. He is currently working on solo projects, collaborating with Church Boy Entertainment (churchboy.com), contributing to Illect Recordings (illect.com), and breakin... Read More →
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DJ Efechto

DJ, @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... Read More →
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DJ Icy Ice

DJ, @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 Ic... Read More →
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DJ Manwell

DJ, @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 C... Read More →
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Kendi Fresh

Music Artist, @kendifresh
Kendi Fresh is a Twelve-year-old rapper out of Tacoma, Washington, who is being mentored by Dad, Xola Malik. Together they have been touring the country and doing innovative things, like Kendi’s “Lean” music video with the Tacoma Police Department. ”I want to portray an i... Read More →
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Xola Malik

Music Artist, @xolamusic
As a teenager, Xola emerged onto the hip-hop scene with Grammy Award-winning artist Sir Mix-a-Lot, under the alias Kid Sensation. As a solo artist, Kid Sensation sold over 1,000,000 units. Then God's presence shifted his life. Xola began recording music with messages under his re... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Jam The Hype Stage Festival Area

12:15pm

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. 

Friday May 18, 2018 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:45pm

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

Artists
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Camer1

Visual 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... Read More →
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Fasm

Visual Artist, @FasmCreative
Aaron "Fasm" Vickery is a graffiti artist born and raised in Modesto, CA. Fasm rebelled in his teen years by tagging illegally. Five years later he was abruptly reminded of how much grace covers and that God is a loving Father. For over two decades, Fasm and the Gospel Graffiti C... Read More →
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Gath

Visual Artist, @thewalkingiant
Born of Mexican and Korean descent, Ivan "Gath" Preciado, was raised in San Bernardino, CA. His childhood interest in art and personal expression became focused on the street arts and graffiti. Ivan is a student at the Art Institutes of California-Inland Empire studying Graphic D... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 12:45pm - 5:45pm
Graffiti Wall Festival Area

2:00pm

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 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Jam The Hype Stage Festival Area

2:00pm

An Asset-Based Approach to Urban Youth Ministry
Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) is often overlooked in urban youth work as solely being about community development. Yet, there is great insight in ABCD into how to see youth, not just as beneficiaries in ministry, but having efficacy and agency in transforming their communities. We will explore seeing youth through a different set of lenses that affirms being created in the image of God.

Speakers
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Michael Mata

Director, M.A. in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL), Azusa Pacific Seminary
Michael has 30 years of experience in urban transformation. He is director of the Transformational Urban Leadership Program at Azusa Pacific Seminary, and serves as Community Transformation Specialist for Compassion Creates Change. He was the director of Tools for Transformation... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Rose 004

2:00pm

Building for His Kingdom: Reach, Love, Lead, and Send
Students are interested in relationships. Therefore, to disciple effectively we need to build relationship. Learn how to connect the students with their God-given destiny. Make disciples by engaging, reaching out, leading them, and releasing them to lead.

Speakers
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Kenia de los Santos-Alexis

Youth Leader, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship / Takeover Student Ministries
Kenia manages a research laboratory at Columbia University. Having served in youth ministry for over 25 years, she leads her own C-Group and is the C-Group Coordinator At Takeover Student Ministries. Her desire is to always lead by example and know that Jesus is our leader.


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Myers 106

2:00pm

Capturing Excellence: Developing Systems for Program Evaluation
Find purpose in the numbers -- use these systems as a means of communicating how God is moving in your community. Come learn about strategies and methods to evaluate your program and track long term goals.

Speakers
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Leilani Hernandez

Strategic Programs Officer, Solidarity
Leilani Hernandez serves as the Strategic Programs Officer at Solidarity. She received her MS in Education from CSU Fullerton. She coordinates the local after school program for students 6-18 years old, and oversees the strategy by which the organization affects change.


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Myers 110

2:00pm

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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Andrew Ruiz

Youth Pastor, Faith and Hope Church
Andrew has served as a Youth Pastor at Faith & Hope Ministries (Fe y Esperanza), and is a Certified Urban Youth Worker through UYWI's 90 Degrees Certification Program. Andrew strives to see the heart of students transformed by the Gospel. Andrew and his wife, Marlene, have a 2-ye... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Myers 102

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). Attendees will receive a FREE special ministry tool to use!

Speakers
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Amy Williams

Gang Intervention Specialist/Juvenile Justice Advocate, A Hope Dealer
Amy “Hope Dealer” Williams, is a 23-year youth ministry veteran and certified Gang Intervention Specialist. Amy is a task force member for the National Institute for Juvenile Justice Ministries, a steering committee member for the CCDA Mass Incarceration Task Force, and a Nor... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Marshburn 4

2:00pm

Effective Ministry for Juvenile Offenders
More than 1 million teens are arrested each year and placed in one of 1,400 juvenile detention centers in the U.S. Any effective urban ministry should also be engaged in juvenile justice ministry. This workshop gives practical training and how to launch and expand an effective ministry to juvenile offenders.

Speakers
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Scott Larson

President, Straight Ahead Ministries
Dr. Larson founded Straight Ahead Ministries 31 years ago, which focuses on reaching juvenile offenders across 12 states and 5 countries. He also founded the "Every Youth, Every Facility" initiative which works with 40 national ministries to reach every youth in every juvenile fa... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Rose 002

2:00pm

Foster and Unleash a Culture of Worship
Musical talent will get you far, but the key to a movement of worship is found in steady, courageous, pastoral leadership. How do you lead transcendent moments on stage, but also foster a culture of worship that lasts? How do you communicate a greater vision of worship beyond just the event? What will the Lakers do this off-season? Let's hang out.

Speakers
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DK Kim

Worship Pastor, Mariners Church
DK is passionate about bridging the divide between cultures, generations, and the worship battleground. Constantly learning how to be a better dad to his 2 kids, and a sexier husband to his wife of 12 years, DK serves as worship pastor at Mariners Church where he gets to witness... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Business 102

2:00pm

Go On Mission In Your Own Hood
What if I told you that you could go on mission in your own hood? If you want to learn more about reaching your ‘hood for Christ, what tangible skills you need for reaching teens who "wouldn’t step foot in a church", and how to do life-on-life ministry, then come to this workshop. Gee leads ministry in Brooklyn with leaders and teens in the projects. Discover what Christ was doing on earth to love and reach people, and how we can do it, too.

Speakers
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Genevieve Smith

Associate Regional 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 th... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Business 105

2:00pm

How to Build a Thriving Leadership Team
Do you ever wonder why certain leadership teams thrive and grow? What if I told you that you already have all the tools to grow your leadership team? In this workshop you will be able to learn practical tools to recruit leaders, train leaders, and maintain leaders.

Speakers
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J. Scott Samarco

TC Teens Director, Transformation Church
Scott Samarco serves as the TC Teens Director at Transformation Church in Indian Land, SC, right outside of Charlotte. His lovely wife is Jasmine Samarco. Outside of God, she is the best thing that has happened to his life. That says a lot for a basketball junkie. He recently rec... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Myers 103

2:00pm

Kingdom Vision for Youth With Disabilities in the Midst of Urban Life
Youth with disabilities are some of the most unreached kids in our communities. Come learn the unique challenges faced by youth with disabilities and their families, and how to practically engage them for the sake of the Gospel. When you intentionally include kids with disabilities, you offer a transforming vision of the Kingdom and experience their impact on your ministry for deeper unity, discipleship, and community.

Speakers
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Christen Morrow Ara

Divisional Capernaum Coordinator, Young Life
Christen has 20+ years of ministry experience with youth with disabilities in California and Latin America. She serves with Young Life overseeing Capernaum (disability ministry) for 5 states. Christen and her husband, Christian, live in Central California with Abi, Will, and Zach... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Myers 108

2:00pm

Mind the Gap: Junior High Ministry
Disciples are called to make disciples who make disciples who…make disciples. God’s vision is foolproof and includes junior high students. Junior Highers aren’t necessarily tough, but rather beautifully complex and passionate, smallish humans, seeking to be lovingly developed. This workshop will dispel common misconceptions about Junior High ministry while exploring life-giving practices in developing these students as followers of Jesus.

Speakers
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Courtnie Dowdy

Middle School Director, Calvary Church
Courtnie Dowdy is an energetic, relational, and dynamic speaker from Southern California. Currently, Courtnie serves in the city of Santa Ana shepherding middle school students. She finds joy in helping others discover all of who God is, and discover all of who He says they are.


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Talbot East 109

2:00pm

Reachable Reconciliation
Reconciliation isn’t limited to race or culture—it’s the inclusiveness of all people. It is valuing the person next to you without a preconceived perception of who they are, and why they are the way they are. True reconciliation isn’t just about blending your audiences or expanding the diversity of a group—it’s about reachable reconciliation. Join in on practical dialogue on ways to build inclusiveness in the Kingdom.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Oduyoye

Fred Oduyoye

Founder, Reachable Reconciliation
Fred began his career in corporate sales with companies like CSX and Kraft. He has served in youth departments in Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio. Fred was formerly the Director of RELOAD for UYWI and Director of Partnerships for Youth Specialties, and is currently the Director of h... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Talbot East 007

2:00pm

Sending the 72: Ordinary Disciples in Extraordinary Evangelism
They were not professionals. They were not celebrities. We don't even know their names. We know very little about them, except that they were everyday people who were drawn to Jesus. When Jesus asked them to join him in his mission, they stepped up, answered the call, and went out in his name. And amazing things happened as a result. They saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. They were the 72. Today, you can be one of the 72.

Speakers
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John Teter

Senior Pastor, Fountain of Life Covenant Church
John Teter is Senior Pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Long Beach and serves as executive director of Fountain of Life Antioch (church’s planting wing). He has co-authored two books, Get the Word Out, and Jesus & the Hip-Hop Prophets. He is a proud member of the Los... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Talbot East: Andrews Banquet Room

2:00pm

The Misinterpreted Gospel of Singleness
We will explore complicated nuances surrounding singleness in the Christian community. Learn how ministries can center and empower singles of all stages of life, and celebrate singleness in the same way we celebrate the beauty of marriage. The workshop is not explicitly for single people, but for everyone who seeks to understand the importance of inclusivity in relation to the life of the church.

Speakers
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Khristi Adams

Founder & Director, The Becoming Conference
Khristi is an author, speaker, advocate, and artist. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, ordained with American Baptist Churches, and currently a PhD student at Eastern University. In college she worked in the chaplaincy, youth ministry, and congregational minist... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Marshburn Hall: Mayers Auditorium

2:00pm

Trauma Stewardship
Trauma and violence are widespread, harmful, and costly public health concerns, with no boundaries in regard to age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. The need to address trauma is increasingly seen as an important role for the faith community, as it can play a role in healing and recovery. This workshop will provide an overview of trauma, its impact on youth, and how the church can build resilience.

Speakers
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Chris Schaffner

Founder/Speaker/Author, Conversations on the Fringe
Chris is a certified counselor, founder of Conversations on the Fringe, and a veteran youth worker. He’s been working with hurting children, teens, and adults for over 20 years.


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Myers 109

2:00pm

Using Urban Parables to Communicate Biblical Truth
This seminar will teach you how to engage youth in biblical truth using video clips. The presenter will provide you with suggestions for engagement and how to use questions to reveal understanding.

Speakers
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Marvin Daniels

Executive Director/CEO, The Hope Center KC
Marvin Daniels is the Executive Director of the Hope Center, a community and youth development organization in Kansas City. He has 30 years of experience serving, teaching, training, speaking, and organizing in Youth Ministry in a variety of venues. He has been married to his wif... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Business 201

2:00pm

When Kids Die: How Do I Support Myself
This interactive workshop focuses on the grief needs of the Youth Worker. We’ll explore the process of grief, methods of self-support, and experience the benefits of grieving together. Resources to connect you with grief support in your community will be provided. Youth Workers who are grieving the loss of youth to causes other than death are welcome to join this workshop.

Speakers
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Jen Leong

Clinical Director, New Hope Grief Support Community
Jen Leong, LMFT, 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 Director at New Hope Grief Support Community in Long Beach, CA. Jen also provides grief education... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Rose 003

2:00pm

Wrestling with Hope
Many students in the inner city experience trauma and catastrophic brokenness. We will cover scripture and practical ways to walk and disciple students who experienced pain and loss. We'll walk through the story of Jacob wrestling with God. My prayer is students would hear truth to help them wrestle God with hope and find healing through pain, tragedy and 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. He and his wife, Angela, have served with Cru for the past 18 years, and Hung currently serves as the Missional Team Leader for Cru's high school ministry. He and his wif... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Myers 105

2:00pm

Yaaass Queen: Walking With Girls In Their Royal Identity
Now is the time for girls to rise up and bloom into all they were created to be. She is chosen, she is God's special possession and holds a royal place in the Kingdom. You are positioned to build her up, to hold her hand when she can't see the end of the road and to teach her to fight back against the lies trying to tear her down. This workshop will empower and give you the tools to help girls be ones who say "Yas" to Jesus in all circumstances.

Speakers
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Yleana Cueva

Youth Leader & Author, Young Life South Bay
Yleana found the love of Christ in the unlikeliest places - in the small shining villages of Africa. She is the chief storyteller for a mission's organization and serves in Young Life in South Bay, San Diego. It’s her mandate to see a generation rise and bloom into what they... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Café Banquet Room (Cafeteria)

3:00pm

Private Event - DL
Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Talbot East 114

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 18, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Exhibit Hall

3:45pm

Best Practices for After School Programming
Quality after-school programs don’t just happen on their own. They take committed team members, who are invested in the community. This interactive workshop will address best practices for administrators, site coordinators, and program staff. It will challenge you to think how you will live out God's assignment for your life through this practical ministry of after-school programs.

Speakers
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Noemi Juarez

Director of After School Programs, KidWorks
Noemi Juarez is the Director of After-School Programs at KidWorks, and Executive Director of Santa Ana Cares. She has spent over ten years as an educator and youth pastor. Noemi holds a Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies from California State University, Fullerto... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Business 102

3:45pm

Bi-Vocational Youth Ministry... Dilly Dilly!
Work, school, family, and yeah, a youth worker too! We’ve all been there or currently in the grind. The question is, “How do we become effective bi-vocational youth workers?” Join me as we unpack this, just like unpacking a fresh pair of Air Jordan’s! Walk away understanding being intentional, disciplined, and organized. Ready? Dilly Dilly!

Speakers
avatar for Nohán Cruz

Nohán Cruz

Youth Pastor, Horeb Youth Ministries
A bi-vocational youth pastor for 15 years, Nohán serves Latino youth workers as the coordinator for Especíalídades 625 Los Angeles, Chaplain for Fellowship Christian Athletes LA City FCA, and a weekly radio program in spanglish "Hablemos Juventud" on Dash Radio. Abov all, his... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Gym 07

3:45pm

Current Drug Trends Among Adolescents
Drugs continue to plague youth across our country. With the opioid crisis and the saturation of affordable heroin in urban, rural, and suburban communities, it is more important than ever for the church to step into the youth drug culture. 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
avatar for Chris Schaffner

Chris Schaffner

Founder/Speaker/Author, Conversations on the Fringe
Chris is a certified counselor, founder of Conversations on the Fringe, and a veteran youth worker. He’s been working with hurting children, teens, and adults for over 20 years.


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Myers 102

3:45pm

Faith-Based Restorative Practices (FBRP)
FBRP is an interactive and engaging workshop that teaches how to proactively build and restore relationships when there are inter-religious conflicts and hurt or harm against one another. FBRP develops discipleship, sustains ministries, exercises fervent communication, and fosters community well-being through increasing positive spiritual interaction in our homes, churches, organizations, schools, and throughout the Kingdom.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia McGee Burton

Cynthia McGee Burton

Co-Founder, Centered Life Ministries
Evangelist, Cynthia M. Burton, M.A. has been a National Trainer/Motivational Speaker for 27 years. She holds a Master’s in Human Behavior. Cynthia has worked in youth ministry and education for 31 years and is a former graduate of DUVLI. She trains in restorative practices for... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Rose 003

3:45pm

Faith-Based, Youth-Led Advocacy and Policy Change
Using a youth development model, churches in Fresno partnered with Youth Leadership Institute and other non-profit agencies to work with elected officials to create policy change.  Through grassroots efforts, youth worked on issues that matter to them, such as the Dream Act, liquor and tobacco outlet inundation, saturation of negative advertising, and much more. This workshop demonstrates their methodology, action planning, and partnerships.

Speakers
avatar for Yammilette Rodriguez

Yammilette Rodriguez

Senior Director, Youth Leadership Institute
Nationwide, Yami is a trainer on strong youth/adult partnerships, and is a Gallup Certified StrengthsFinder Coach.  She serves on the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Board. Yami and her husband, Jaime Rodriguez, are volunteer Pastors of a small urban church, and they h... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Myers 110

3:45pm

Family Ministry in an Urban Context
What do you do when the family dynamics and structures in your ministry context are un-churched and non-traditional? How do you develop a holistic family ministry for students in households led by a foster family, blended family, single-parent, same-sex partnership, grandparent, teen mother, extended family member while the child's parent is incarcerated? Learn tools to engage these families in a very real, relevant, and righteous way.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Wallace

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 happi... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Rose 002

3:45pm

Getting Rid of The Gaps Through Gifts: (Re)Building Bridges, A Key Principle For Impactful Outreach
Getting Rid of the Gaps Through Gifts is about (re)building bridges between the church and the community through various gifts and vehicles. Attendees will experience a fun, interactive, meaningful, memorable and manageable workshop where you will learn key principles for engaging community through impactful outreach.

Speakers
avatar for Randy Mason

Randy Mason

Associate Pastor and Worship Leader at Elements Church in the Bronx, Jesus Peace Ministry
Randy Mason is a NYC emcee and art educator from the Bronx. As a father, husband, recording artist, author, educator and pastor, Randy draws from a deep well of unique & diverse experiences to engage audiences of all kinds, in a way that is real, relevant, meaningful and memorabl... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Business 105

3:45pm

Hamilton, Black Panther, and Jesus: Using the Arts to Reach the Unchurched & Churched
The Creative Arts have a way of reaching into the heart, bypassing misconceptions, and sharing wonderful truths. Your youth will never be the same after they learn how to effectively use their gifts to minister to their local church and community. You will learn how to intentionally break down Biblical principles to tell the same stories with a cutting-edge urban twist that all can understand.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Rainey

Brandon Rainey

Executive Director, CBG Arts
Brandon Rainey, a graduate of Morehouse College, is a writer, director, motivational speaker, arts specialist, and servant. He serves as the Executive Director of CBG ARTS and is the Artistic Director of Inglewood Theater Group. He has committed his life to using the arts as a to... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Myers 106

3:45pm

Leading in Spaces Without Direction
This workshop will capture the principles of leadership in the urban context from a practical, relevant, and real-life perspective. We will explore different strategies for leading when there are limited funds, not enough donors, yet God is sending people. You will walk away with the 5 Principles of Leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Cedric Nelms

Cedric Nelms

LA City Director, World Impact
Cedric Nelms was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and has been in the ministry for 18 years. He is the lead pastor of Chosen Generation Fellowship Church in Long Beach. He is the newly appointed Los Angeles City Director for World Impact. Cedric and his wife, Karen, have 5 chi... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Talbot East 007

3:45pm

Let's Talk About SEX, Baby!
How to talk to our teens about sex and dating, two topics of interest for our teens. Come and check out practical ways to talk about these subjects with use of facts, statistics, and scripture. Luma has done this model for the past 18 years with her work with urban teens and it has been effective.

Speakers
avatar for Luma Haddad

Luma Haddad

Area Director & Multiethnic Divisional Coordinator, Young Life South Bay
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director for San Diego South Bay for 17 years. Luma was born in San Francisco, lived in Amman, Jordan, and graduated from PLNU in San Diego in Broadcast Journalism. She is married to Rami, and they have two children, Jordan and Yasme... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Marshburn Hall: Mayers Auditorium

3:45pm

Man In The Mirror
Discover ways to better disciple students by facing and being honest about your own brokenness. What are the boundaries? How much is too much? Do your students see the same you that you see?

Speakers
avatar for Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

CEO/ Youth Pastor, Rescue a Generation
Jose is the founder and CEO of Rescue a Generation Inc., a non-profit that focuses on reaching students who are struggling in school due to behavior and family issues. He is a motivational speaker who speaks to students across the nation. His passion for young people, authenticit... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Myers 103

3:45pm

Mentoring Urban Youth to a Higher Standard for Life
Our young people are an incredible asset to our communities and we have the incredible responsibility to mentor and disciple those who are a part of it. The hard work and investment in spiritual development will help our youth to have a higher standard for life. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss and create a game plan for the necessary changes for effective mentorship within your ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Myhre

Eric Myhre

Executive Director, URBANLIFE
Eric is the Founder and Executive Director of URBANLIFE, a nonprofit organization that mentors urban youth. Eric and his wife, Shawana love and care for youth in their Oakland neighborhoods. They have been married for 19 years and have 3 boys, Jadyn, Justyce, and Jurni.


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Talbot East 109

3:45pm

Money Talks: Keeping Personal Finances from Derailing Your Mission
No one wants to talk about money issues, but most everyone in ministry faces them. Let’s leave the spreadsheets behind and explore some practical ways to keep finances from distracting you from ministry and stay in control of your money. From understanding the power of a credit score, to creating a realistic budget, here’s your chance to get the vital financial info you want, in plain terms, and with plenty of easy-to-use digital options. Join the financial pros from Evangelical Christian Credit Union as they field your questions in a fun, energetic atmosphere.

Speakers
avatar for Rod Bollins

Rod Bollins

VP of Business Development, Evangelical Christian Credit Union
Rod is a team builder. With 20+ years in the financial industry, he led groups to develop practical financial skills, explore innovative solutions, and create partnerships leading to winning business strategies. Rod's passion is helping people understand financial. In the meantim... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Myers 108

3:45pm

Pass the Mic: I Got a Good Word
Many of us feel like we have something to say, but are you saying it in a way that people will want to hear it? What makes a speaker impactful, engaging, and relatable? This is an interactive workshop where we will learn some ways to cultivate our voices as speakers and teachers of God's Word.

Speakers
avatar for Susie Gamez

Susie Gamez

Director of Community Life Ministry, Light and Life Christian Fellowship
Canadian by birth, Korean by heritage, and Mexican/American by marriage, Susie is passionate about matters surrounding culture, diversity, and the Gospel. In her 14 years as a missionary with World Impact in South Central Los Angeles, Susie was a church planter, youth/young adult... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Marshburn 4

3:45pm

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, 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 serves on the City Life national team for Youth For Chr... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Talbot East: Andrews Banquet Room

3:45pm

Sustaining a Strong Marriage and Family
The urban culture is filled with many demands, expectations, and unexpected challenges. How do a marriage and family survive in this culture? We will look at how to nurture a healthy marriage and relationship with your children while discipling them to love and serve Jesus.

Speakers
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Pete Contreras

Pastor, New Vision Christian Fellowship
Pete is the Lead Pastor and Co-founder, with his wife Julie, of New Vision Christian Fellowship. He is also the founder of 2nd Mile Urban Ministries that services at-risk youth, having served the urban community of San Diego for over 29 years. He has been married for over 28 year... Read More →
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Julie Contreras

Co-Founder/Bible Study Teacher, New Vision Christian Fellowship
Julie Contreras is the co-founder of New Vision Christian Fellowship with her husband, Pete. She oversees the women’s ministry, writes Bible Studies, and currently is an Educational Facilitator helping families homeschool. She is a graduate of Hope International University and... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Myers 109

3:45pm

Using Urban Parables to Communicate Biblical Truth
This seminar will teach you how to engage youth in biblical truth using video clips. The presenter will provide you with suggestions for engagement and how to use questions to reveal understanding.

Speakers
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Marvin Daniels

Executive Director/CEO, The Hope Center KC
Marvin Daniels is the Executive Director of the Hope Center, a community and youth development organization in Kansas City. He has 30 years of experience serving, teaching, training, speaking, and organizing in Youth Ministry in a variety of venues. He has been married to his wif... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Business 201

3:45pm

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 and academic advisor and mentor, who is helping urban kids discover, not only how to survive, but thrive in the college world.

Speakers
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Kerry Loescher

Instructor, Oral Roberts University
Kerry Loescher is an instructor at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. With more than 25 years of professional youth and outreach ministry experience, her passion is to see hearts restored and communities transformed for the glory of God. Her great joy is raising up leaders who... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Myers 105

3:45pm

Women of Color in Christian Leadership in a White Male World
The perseverance and grit required to survive a tough upbringing and harsh environment are often the same traits that propel women of color into positions in senior leadership. Many women are ill-prepared for the realities of high-level leadership in Christian environments where the norm is white and male. Join a supportive and healing learning circle for sharing and gathering the tools you need to survive and thrive in environments that are often not designed to welcome, nor prepared to support you.

Speakers
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Mayra Macedo-Nolan

Pastor of Community Outreach, Lake Avenue Church
Mayra lives in Pasadena, CA, serving on the pastoral staff of Lake Avenue Church. Mayra describes her calling as prophetic pastoral leadership in the church and public square. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Sh... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Rose 004

5:00pm

Cafeteria Open for Dinner
Meal Pass wristbands are eligible for this meal. Single-meal purchases can be made with cash or credit card.

Food
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Biola Cafeteria

Café Biola is the main dining room, located in the center of campus.  Cafeteria meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband, starting Thursday lunch and ending Sat breakfast. All others can purchase individual meals with cash or credit... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cafeteria

5:00pm

Festival Performances & Graffiti Battle Winners Announced
5:00 - 5:20pm - Yeesh Yellow
5:20 - 5:55pm - 5ive
5:55 - 6:05pm - Graffiti Battle Winners Announced
6:05 - 6:45pm - BrvndonP

Artists
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5ive

Music Artist, @iam5ive
Craig’s early life, as a teen, was littered with drug use. Craig walked into church high on meth, crack, alcohol, and cocaine and walked out a brand new man. As is so often the case throughout the Bible, God also bestowed on him a new name, 5ive, and told him to “To go and sh... Read More →
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BrvndonP

Music Artist, @iambrvndonp
Brandon ”BrvndonP” Peavy is a producer and drummer who has shared the stage with some of music’s top artists like E-40, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Skillett, Melinda Watts, and Tye Tribbett. Brandon has produced Reach Records artists Lecrae, Andy Mineo & KB. Brandon is also a solo... Read More →
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Camer1

Visual 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... Read More →
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Fasm

Visual Artist, @FasmCreative
Aaron "Fasm" Vickery is a graffiti artist born and raised in Modesto, CA. Fasm rebelled in his teen years by tagging illegally. Five years later he was abruptly reminded of how much grace covers and that God is a loving Father. For over two decades, Fasm and the Gospel Graffiti C... Read More →
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Gath

Visual Artist, @thewalkingiant
Born of Mexican and Korean descent, Ivan "Gath" Preciado, was raised in San Bernardino, CA. His childhood interest in art and personal expression became focused on the street arts and graffiti. Ivan is a student at the Art Institutes of California-Inland Empire studying Graphic D... Read More →
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Yeesh Yellow

Music Artist, @yeeshyellow
Brett "Yeesh Yellow" Walker comes from a mixed race family and the spiritual family of Judah's Smith's church, Churchome in Kirkland, Washington where Brett is currently a ministry intern. Brett has a unique and fresh flow that has been influenced by Logic and The Social Club Mis... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Jam The Hype Stage Festival Area

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. 

Friday May 18, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Exhibit Hall

5:00pm

Dinner Break: Food Trucks in Festival Area
Pay directly to the food truck vendor. (Meal Pass Wristbands are not valid at the food trucks.)

Food
L

LA-Donut

Ice Cream and Donuts
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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!"

Friday May 18, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Festival Area

5:00pm

7:00pm

General Session 4
Moderators
avatar for Adam Cruz

Adam Cruz

Music Artist, 7th Street Church
Adam is a 90s kid, hip-hop artist, youth/young adult leader, and active servant of the local church. Adam works at Biola University full-time for the Crowell School of Business. He loves his wife, pizza, and people, in that order. Long Beach, CA is his home.
avatar for Genevieve Smith

Genevieve Smith

Associate Regional 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 th... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey DeLeon

Jeffrey DeLeon

CEO, Liderazgo Juvenil
Dr. Jeffrey De Leon has been serving in ministry for more than 30 years. His radio/TV programs reach the Spanish-speaking world through Christian vision satellite network. He has authored more than 16 books, and serves as lead pastor at Relevance Community in Fort Myers, FL.

Artists
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Cantinas

Dance, @cantinasarts
Cantinas Arts are an extension of the Cantinas Foundation, a thriving community of Christian artists who believe in using their gifts to glorify God. Cantinas Arts was created to be an outreach ministry to disciple leaders and equip instructors through dynamic performances, powerful personal testimonies and exciting camp workshops to influence, mentor and inspire the next generation. They have performed with Grammy Award winners TobyMac, Mandisa, at The World Choreography Awards, Dancerpolooza, and live on stage at the Dove Awards. Performers from Cantinas Arts have also been seen on Glee, Shake it Up, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, and at Disneyland’s Fantasia... Read More →
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DJ Icy Ice

DJ, @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 Ic... Read More →
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
The 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... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Gym

9:00pm

Eagles Nest Open for Snacks

Friday May 18, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Eagle's Nest

9:00pm

Ice Cream + Games + Prizes Sponsored by Thousand Pines
Cool down with some ice cream and play some games for a chance to win some cool prizes.

Food
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Thousand Pines

Thousand Pines is a Christian Camp and Conference Center located in the San Bernardino mountains at about 5,000 feet. We host Program Camps throughout the year for youth, children, and adults. We also host custom retreats (Guest Groups) year-round at our Conference Center, which... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Festival Area

9:00pm

Popcorn
Food
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Popcorn

It's poppin'! Grab some popcorn before you enjoy the film screening.

Friday May 18, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Festival Area

9:00pm

Art Lounge
We bring the canvas and paint.  You bring your creativity.

Artists
avatar for Brandon Beukelman

Brandon Beukelman

Visual Artist, @brandonbeuk
Brandon is a full-time pastor at West Cypress Church in Cypress, CA. Brandon has been an artist for 20 years, specializing in clay, skateboards, paint, sculpture as his media.  He uses his art to illustrate concepts from the Bible, and his passion for art and the Gospel intersec... Read More →
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Ritchie Kong

Visual 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 in... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Art Lounge Festival Area

9:15pm

Film Screening: "We Are City Takers"

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vliHOjt0p1s

"We are City Takers" is a documentary film by Will Thomas that follows a radical, nameless, faceless army of urban missionaries and Christian Hip-Hop Artists through the streets of Atlanta, Georgia. 

Calling themselves City Takers, these ambassadors of Christ use the tools Hip Hop, love and the message of Jesus Christ to transform the City of Atlanta one person at a time.  These missionaries bring the Message of Hope to change the drug-addicted, homeless, incarcerated and at-risk youth.   

"We Are City Takers" illustrates City Takers' founder, Scott Free's, past to illuminate his special connection to the hopeless- those most ignored and alienated by society. Through various interviews with the self-less missionaries of City Takers, we unveil the real problem between the church and urban culture, and discover the effectiveness of the three-cord City Takers strategy:  LOVE a City, DRAW a City, BUILD a City...



Friday May 18, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Jam The Hype Stage Festival Area

10:00pm

Silent Dance Party
They can't shut us down! The Jam the Hype stage turns into a dance party!  Join DJ Aslan & DJ Icy Ice as they broadcast on the Jam the Hype radio station LIVE from the UYWI conference, playing all the latest urban hits.  Gather & Dance using your own headphones, the UYWI app or Jam the Hype app, and your phone.  Everyone can join this dance party, except the neighbors.  So, let's have the fun while they stay at home.

Artists
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DJ Aslan

DJ, @djaslan
Stefan Rosellini (DJ Aslan) has been on the turntables since 1993, mixing hip-hop to house and everything in between. He is currently working on solo projects, collaborating with Church Boy Entertainment (churchboy.com), contributing to Illect Recordings (illect.com), and breakin... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Jam The Hype Stage Festival Area
 
Saturday, May 19
 

7:30am

Cafeteria Open for Breakfast
Meal Pass wristbands are eligible for this meal. Single-meal purchases can be made with cash or credit card.

Food
avatar for Biola Cafeteria

Biola Cafeteria

Café Biola is the main dining room, located in the center of campus.  Cafeteria meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband, starting Thursday lunch and ending Sat breakfast. All others can purchase individual meals with cash or credit... Read More →

Saturday May 19, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Cafeteria

8:00am

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. 

Saturday May 19, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall

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. Signup 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 at the Spiritual Direction booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Saturday May 19, 2018 8:00am - 3:00pm
Spiritual Direction Booth (Exhibit Hall)

8:30am

Registration Open
Saturday May 19, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Student Union Building

8:30am

Prayer Chapel Open
The Soul Care Prayer Chapel is an 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 19, 2018 8:30am - 3:00pm
Prayer Chapel

8:30am

Housing Check Out
Return your key, in its original envelope:
  • Saturday 8am-5:30pm - Student Union Building
  • Sunday 6am*-9am - Lobby of Horton Hall
Sunday Checkouts
*For early Sunday checkouts before 6 am: It is MANDATORY that you make arrangements with the Housing Director, Stephanie Herrick, housing@uywi.org, or (714) 322-8417.
Sunday-checkout Tradewinds guests: bring your keys to the lobby of Horton Hall.
Lost / Unreturned Keys
The Lost Key Fee is $60, payable to UYWI. We are not able to accept keys mailed back after the event. If you have not returned the key by Sunday 9 am, you will receive an invoice for $60.

Saturday May 19, 2018 8:30am - 5:30pm
Student Union Building

9:00am

General Session 5
Moderators
avatar for Adam Cruz

Adam Cruz

Music Artist, 7th Street Church
Adam is a 90s kid, hip-hop artist, youth/young adult leader, and active servant of the local church. Adam works at Biola University full-time for the Crowell School of Business. He loves his wife, pizza, and people, in that order. Long Beach, CA is his home.
avatar for Genevieve Smith

Genevieve Smith

Associate Regional 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 th... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Susie Gamez

Susie Gamez

Director of Community Life Ministry, Light and Life Christian Fellowship
Canadian by birth, Korean by heritage, and Mexican/American by marriage, Susie is passionate about matters surrounding culture, diversity, and the Gospel. In her 14 years as a missionary with World Impact in South Central Los Angeles, Susie was a church planter, youth/young adult... Read More →
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Albert Tate

Senior Pastor, Founder, Fellowship Church
Albert is the founding pastor of Fellowship Monrovia (2012)—a fast-growing multiethnic church.  He began in ministry, pastoring just a few families at Sweet Home Church in Mississippi, before serving the historic Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, CA.  He is on the Board of Trus... Read More →

Artists
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DJ Icy Ice

DJ, @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 Ic... Read More →
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
The 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... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Gym

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 19, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
Exhibit Hall

11:15am

Building Up A Worship Movement
It seems God is about to do something special in the Church. Worship movements are springing up all over the world. Let’s gather to learn what it means to join in what God is doing, and what it takes to build a worship environment and to grow student-led worship in your ministry.

Speakers
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James Paek

Worship Leader, Willow Creek Community Church
James Paek is an artist, designer, and liturgist. With experience in design research and strategy (including helping to reimagine the Michigan State public assistance application process) and church ministry (both as creative and worship arts pastor), James loves sitting at the i... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Talbot East 007

11:15am

Can the Church be Good News to LGBTQIA+ Teens?
Imagine marginalized youth in your community being the “lower end” or not mainstream. As resources get scarce, less energy will be focused toward those on the fringe, and will instead be directed towards the familiar/norm. In this workshop, we will reconsider ministry in the context of our current reality, and strive to innovate new ways to reach LGBTQIA+ youth, who are marginalized, exploited, and vulnerable.

Speakers
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Chris Schaffner

Founder/Speaker/Author, Conversations on the Fringe
Chris is a certified counselor, founder of Conversations on the Fringe, and a veteran youth worker. He’s been working with hurting children, teens, and adults for over 20 years.


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Talbot East: Andrews Banquet Room

11:15am

Defragmenting Your Mind
This seminar uses practical and fun activities to help you reflect, review, and refresh your thinking, processing, and perspective of your calling, core values, and capacity to learn and grow.

Speakers
avatar for Marvin Daniels

Marvin Daniels

Executive Director/CEO, The Hope Center KC
Marvin Daniels is the Executive Director of the Hope Center, a community and youth development organization in Kansas City. He has 30 years of experience serving, teaching, training, speaking, and organizing in Youth Ministry in a variety of venues. He has been married to his wif... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rose 003

11:15am

Developing Thriving Relationships With Your Youth
It's no secret that healthy relationships with adults are essential in order to help young people thrive and develop their God-given potential. But what are the key elements of these relationships? Where do we start? What's realistic? Learn the tools necessary to come alongside young people to help them grow strong and make an impact both now, and in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Domingo Mota

Domingo Mota

Director of Mentoring Initiatives, Lake Avenue Community Foundation
Domingo is the Director of Mentoring Initiatives for STARS (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation). He is also the pastor for Winds of Hope Ministries in the San Fernando Valley, as well as a facilitator on "Community Youth Development" and "Pastoral Wellbeing" for the DeVos... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Business 102

11:15am

Don't Call My Kids Crazy: Mental Health and Youth Today
Mental health stands in the forefront of news headlines involving mass shootings, suicides, substance use, depression, anxiety, and bullying. In an isolated and digitally connected society, mental health is steadily deteriorating in individuals, relationships, and our youth. This workshop will equip you with a deeper understanding of mental health, how to recognize the signs, cope, and debunk myths which cause fear, shame and stigma.

Speakers
avatar for Emelen Cedillo

Emelen Cedillo

Mental Health Educator & Founder, Emelen Talks Presents: The Runaway Project
Emelen is the founder of The Runaway Project, where she educates on topics such as mental health, suicide, anger, stress, and more. She is a first-generation graduate from Texas State University. Emelen currently resides in Los Angeles and has spent time educating and empowering... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Talbot East 107

11:15am

Gettin' Real With God
It's not enough to say "God is good all the time" while you are hanging by a thread, exhausted, and worn out. Every day feels like you are trying to carry your students’ burdens and your own. In order to get real with students, you have to get real with God and let Him expose and heal the very thing meant to bring purpose. We will share practical tools to schedule in rest to keep us going for the long haul. God called us into a beautiful marathon, not a sprint.

Speakers
avatar for Yleana Cueva

Yleana Cueva

Youth Leader & Author, Young Life South Bay
Yleana found the love of Christ in the unlikeliest places - in the small shining villages of Africa. She is the chief storyteller for a mission's organization and serves in Young Life in South Bay, San Diego. It’s her mandate to see a generation rise and bloom into what they... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Myers 105

11:15am

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
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.


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rose 002

11:15am

How to Build Bridges, Not Walls, Between Cultures
Today's culture provides multicultural tools for our ministry, but we need to make sure we use those tools to build bridges, not walls. What are you building?

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey DeLeon

Jeffrey DeLeon

CEO, Liderazgo Juvenil
Dr. Jeffrey De Leon has been serving in ministry for more than 30 years. His radio/TV programs reach the Spanish-speaking world through Christian vision satellite network. He has authored more than 16 books, and serves as lead pastor at Relevance Community in Fort Myers, FL.


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Marshburn Hall: Mayers Auditorium

11:15am

In the Beginning, Create: 7 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
avatar for Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Thrive Collective
Jeremy R. Del Rio, Esq., co-founded and leads Thrive Collective, a nonprofit that creates opportunity through arts and mentoring in schools. He teaches at Alliance and Fuller Seminaries. Jeremy was the founding youth pastor at Abounding Grace Ministries, and worked as a corporate... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Myers 102

11:15am

Kingdom Vision for Youth With Disabilities in the Midst of Urban Life
Youth with disabilities are some of the most unreached kids in our communities. Come learn the unique challenges faced by youth with disabilities and their families, and how to practically engage them for the sake of the Gospel. When you intentionally include kids with disabilities, you offer a transforming vision of the Kingdom and experience their impact on your ministry for deeper unity, discipleship, and community.

Speakers
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Christen Morrow Ara

Divisional Capernaum Coordinator, Young Life
Christen has 20+ years of ministry experience with youth with disabilities in California and Latin America. She serves with Young Life overseeing Capernaum (disability ministry) for 5 states. Christen and her husband, Christian, live in Central California with Abi, Will, and Zach... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Business 206

11:15am

Let's Talk About SEX, Baby!
How to talk to our teens about sex and dating, two topics of interest for our teens. Come and check out practical ways to talk about these subjects with use of facts, statistics, and scripture. Luma has done this model for the past 18 years with her work with urban teens and it has been effective.

Speakers
avatar for Luma Haddad

Luma Haddad

Area Director & Multiethnic Divisional Coordinator, Young Life South Bay
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director for San Diego South Bay for 17 years. Luma was born in San Francisco, lived in Amman, Jordan, and graduated from PLNU in San Diego in Broadcast Journalism. She is married to Rami, and they have two children, Jordan and Yasme... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Café Banquet Room (Cafeteria)

11:15am

Leveraging Media for Thought Leadership on Critical Issues for Youth
You want to influence young people and culture but you don’t know where to start. You want to speak to youth about topics like racial unity, gun violence, immigration, gender identity, dating and finding a mate, and making wise media and music choices. You meet one-on-one with kids, but how can you increase your reach? Learn how to leverage “friendly” outlets to grow an audience and expand your sphere of influence, to point kids towards resources so they can navigate today’s culture.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Grant

Sean Grant

Co-Founder, Trackstarz
Sean David Grant (aka Seantana) is the CEO and techie-mastermind behind Trackstarz. He is a graduate from the GA Institute of Technology. Sean’s serves as CEO of Jaidot LLC., co-hosts Trackstarz Radio & Television, is Trackstarz Music artist, co-founder of Nectar Distribution a... Read More →
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Derek Hoiem

General Manager, Jam the Hype
Derek Hoiem manages the Jam the Hype platform at UYWI. Derek's career has spanned almost three decades in technology and music. Derek worked for Microsoft and then started his own record label that discovered Capitol Records artist Allen Stone, worked with the 90's supergroup Col... Read More →
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Ryan "Righteous" Moore

Co-Founder, Trackstarz
Ryan “Righteous” Moore is the “go-to-guy “of Trackstarz Radio. He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. Ryan is an Officer of Jaidot LLC., Co-Founder of Trackstarz, former Media Specialist at Radio One-Atlanta, the former President of Drip Ent., and as an Artist Mana... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Business 201

11:15am

Major Keys To Social Media Success
If you're not using social media in your urban youth ministry, you need to start. If you are, there's a good chance that you're doing it wrong. Learn philosophies and practical methods of leveraging your social media channels to tell your story and ultimately bring value to youth, volunteers, donors, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Greer

Adrian Greer

Executive Director/Founder, MYTHIRDPLACE
After growing up as a knucklehead urban youth himself, Adrian gained over 10 years of experience as an urban youth worker from various churches and organizations before founding MYTHIRDPLACE in 2013. He continues to invest in, and remain committed to teens in his hometown, who fa... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Business 105

11:15am

Marketing as Ministry
How do we go about raising funds ethically and biblically in a world where marketing is sexy and people can feel exploited? This session will be an introduction to ethical marketing that will help you share your ministry’s impact, while protecting your students’ stories.

Speakers
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Candy Gibson

Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, World Impact
Candy Gibson has been a missionary with World Impact since 2006. During that time, she has had the honor of being a church planter, youth leader, camp counselor, an incarnational missionary, and now is the Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. Oh, and she loves coffee... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Business 203

11:15am

Mentoring Gang-Affiliated Youth
Youth in gangs need mentorship and discipleship. Who will go? Us! In this workshop, you'll learn best practices for engaging and mentoring banged out teens! You'll hear from teens who will help you understand the culture, and give you great insight on how to start relationship building and developing trust with these youth.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Vasquez

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 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Talbot East 108

11:15am

Power and Authority
Power is the ability to act, and authority is the permission to act. The world operates through power, but Christ operated out of authority. This workshop will examine the Biblical dynamics of power and authority, looking closely at how the church's obsession with power has caused it to become impotent in regards to authority, and therefore less capable of confronting systemic evils such as racism and sexism.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Charles

Mark Charles

Founder, 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 Christia... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Marshburn 4

11:15am

Recruiting and Developing Leaders for the Price of FREE
There are moments when you wish you could ask for more from your leaders, but reality hits, and you are reminded that your team of volunteers are unpaid and overworked. As youth workers, we allow this obstacle to keep us from believing that we can actually have a GREAT team on a volunteer budget. Learn tools to push past the challenges and recruit and develop excellent leaders who do not burn out, but instead are asking for more.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Serrano

Vanessa Serrano

Director of Student Ministries, 7th Street Church
Vanessa Serrano is serving as the Director of Student Ministries and Team Lead for Young Adults at 7th Street Church located in Long Beach, Ca. She is a Certified Urban Youth Worker through UYWI 90 Degrees. She graduated with her B.A from Biola University and is working towards h... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Myers 109

11:15am

Starting From the Bottom
Are you new to urban youth ministry? Have you ever felt like you didn't know what to do next? This workshop will aid youth workers in planning crucial steps to build a successful youth ministry for the long run.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Garcia

Ray Garcia

President and Founder, Follow the Blueprint, Inc
Ray, a Youth Pastor in Brooklyn, NY founded “Follow the Blueprint,” a non-profit that prepares curriculum and conducts training and workshops with a focus on Urban Church Leadership & Development. Using his CPA background, Ray has fused business with biblical principles to in... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Business 202

11:15am

The Enneagram for Self-Care and Spiritual Growth
The Enneagram is a typology of nine interconnected personality types. What is less known is that the Enneagram can be a tool for discipleship, self-care, and spiritual growth. We will delve into the strengths and shadow sides of each type, and discuss spiritual practices to nurture personal growth. In a vocation that can be stressful and lead to burnout, it's vitally important to know the pitfalls that can prevent fruitful, life-giving ministry.

Speakers
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Karen Gonzalez

Writer & Immigrant Advocate, World Relief
Karen Gonzalez is a speaker, writer, and immigrant advocate, who lives in Baltimore, MD. Karen is a former public school teacher, and attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where she studied theology and missiology. For the last 10 years, she has been a non-profit professional and... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Talbot East 008

11:30am

Cafeteria Open for Lunch (Saturday-Night Dorm Guests Only)
Meal Pass wristbands are no longer active. Please join us at the Festival where UYWI is providing a box lunch to all attendees. (Exception: Saturday-Night-Housing guests are eligible to eat in the cafeteria, included with your housing, and anyone else can self-pay, but we still invite you to join us at the Festival for a free lunch.)

Food
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Biola Cafeteria

Café Biola is the main dining room, located in the center of campus.  Cafeteria meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband, starting Thursday lunch and ending Sat breakfast. All others can purchase individual meals with cash or credit... Read More →

Saturday May 19, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Cafeteria

12:30pm

Festival Performances
12:30 - 12:55pm - Into the Pacific
12:55 - 1:20pm - Jesus Peace: Randy Mason & Damion Sanders
1:20 - 1:35pm  - Adam Cruz

Artists
avatar for Adam Cruz

Adam Cruz

Music Artist, 7th Street Church
Adam is a 90s kid, hip-hop artist, youth/young adult leader, and active servant of the local church. Adam works at Biola University full-time for the Crowell School of Business. He loves his wife, pizza, and people, in that order. Long Beach, CA is his home.
avatar for Damion Sanders

Damion Sanders

Music Artist, @sharpdamion
Damion B Sanders is a Brooklyn born emcee, writer, performance artist, and animator, as well as a father and husband. Dām's poetic writing style and batter rap delivery creates a powerful dynamic that is unique and impactful, connecting with listeners through thought provoking l... Read More →
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Into The Pacific

Music Artist, @intothepacific
With a colorful palette of instrumentation, Into the Pacific paints the back-story for the retelling of countless tales of redemption, love, joy, and grace. Soaring guitar and xylophone leads combine with eclectic synths, and a strong backbone of drum and bass, to create the per... Read More →
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Randy Mason

Associate Pastor and Worship Leader at Elements Church in the Bronx, Jesus Peace Ministry
Randy Mason is a NYC emcee and art educator from the Bronx. As a father, husband, recording artist, author, educator and pastor, Randy draws from a deep well of unique & diverse experiences to engage audiences of all kinds, in a way that is real, relevant, meaningful and memorabl... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:35pm
Jam The Hype Stage Festival Area

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 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Exhibit Hall

12:30pm

Free Lunch provided by UYWI
Free to all registered attendees; No wristband needed.

Food
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Biola Food Services at the Festival

Biola will be bringing meals out to the UYWI Festival during lunch and dinner time, so you can enjoy the performances and Festival activities while you eat. These meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband. All others can purchase individual m... Read More →
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UYWI

UYWI is pleased to sponsor Saturday Lunch for all attendees.

Saturday May 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Festival Area

12:30pm

Private Event - AL
Saturday May 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Talbot East 108

12:30pm

Private Event - DL
Saturday May 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Talbot East 114

1:45pm

Beyond Fans
Beyond Fans is taking discipleship beyond a good idea or hopeful goal, but establishing a real practical plan to see young people become maturing disciples of Jesus Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Zamora

Gabriel Zamora

Youth Pastor, Zamora Ministries
Gabriel Zamora was pulled out of an extreme background of gangs, violence and poverty and called into the ministry at the age of 13 at Youth for The Nations Summer Camp. He has ministered nationally and internationally in over 21 countries. Gabriel has been married for eight year... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Myers 102

1:45pm

Challenges and Opportunities in Multicultural Youth Ministry
We’ll take a practical look at research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute with over 250 churches, including an in-depth exploration of multicultural church contexts. A team of researchers and ministry leaders will dive into 3 key characteristics of thriving multicultural churches engaging with young people in healthy ways, and practical strategies that make a real difference in the lives of our students.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Guerra Aldana

Jennifer Guerra Aldana

Coordinator of Multicultural Initiatives, Fuller Youth Institute/La Fuente Ministries
Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana is originally from Guatemala but grew up in Southern California as the daughter of church planters. Jennifer received her Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. She serves as a pastor of La Fuente Ministries- a bilingual, intercultural min... Read More →
avatar for Irene Cho

Irene Cho

Program Manager, Fuller Youth Institute
Irene Cho serves as the Program Administrator for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She holds an MDiv with an emphasis in Pastoral and General Ministries from Talbot Theological Seminary and a BA in Christian Education from Biola University. Irene is the point person for Urban Yo... Read More →
avatar for Mary Glenn

Mary Glenn

Co-President, Cities Together
Dr. Mary Glenn is an Urban Youth Ministry professor with the Fuller Youth Institute and the Co-President of Cities Together (a faith-based nonprofit seeking God’s peace in cities). Mary has served as the senior chaplain at Alhambra Police Department for over 15 years. She is pa... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Marshburn Hall: Mayers Auditorium

1:45pm

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
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Director of Youth Ministry, Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church
Ginny Olson is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church. She's been involved in youth ministry for several decades on a variety of levels: youth pastor, youth ministry professor, speaker, and writer. She is the co-author of "Youth Ministr... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Talbot East 007

1:45pm

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
avatar for Andrew Ruiz

Andrew Ruiz

Youth Pastor, Faith and Hope Church
Andrew has served as a Youth Pastor at Faith & Hope Ministries (Fe y Esperanza), and is a Certified Urban Youth Worker through UYWI's 90 Degrees Certification Program. Andrew strives to see the heart of students transformed by the Gospel. Andrew and his wife, Marlene, have a 2-ye... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Myers 105

1:45pm

Deconstruction of Imperialism and Colonization of the Church
Conservative evangelicals protested President Obama and now lobby President Trump; Progressive Christians lobbied President Obama and now protest President Trump. We are not called to simply be pawns in the world of politics, but that is precisely where the Doctrine of Discovery, our obsession with power, and the colonization of the Church has left us. This workshop will deconstruct the imperial and colonial Church and issue a call to repentance of our lobbying and protesting roles, and instead step into our role as prophet to the leaders and powers of this world.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Charles

Mark Charles

Founder, 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 Christia... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Marshburn 4

1:45pm

Effective Ministry for Juvenile Offenders
More than 1 million teens are arrested each year and placed in one of 1,400 juvenile detention centers in the U.S. Any effective urban ministry should also be engaged in juvenile justice ministry. This workshop gives practical training and how to launch and expand an effective ministry to juvenile offenders.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Larson

Scott Larson

President, Straight Ahead Ministries
Dr. Larson founded Straight Ahead Ministries 31 years ago, which focuses on reaching juvenile offenders across 12 states and 5 countries. He also founded the "Every Youth, Every Facility" initiative which works with 40 national ministries to reach every youth in every juvenile fa... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Business 206

1:45pm

Hamilton, Black Panther, and Jesus: Using the Arts to Reach the Unchurched & Churched
The Creative Arts have a way of reaching into the heart, bypassing misconceptions, and sharing wonderful truths. Your youth will never be the same after they learn how to effectively use their gifts to minister to their local church and community. You will learn how to intentionally break down Biblical principles to tell the same stories with a cutting-edge urban twist that all can understand.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Rainey

Brandon Rainey

Executive Director, CBG Arts
Brandon Rainey, a graduate of Morehouse College, is a writer, director, motivational speaker, arts specialist, and servant. He serves as the Executive Director of CBG ARTS and is the Artistic Director of Inglewood Theater Group. He has committed his life to using the arts as a to... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Business 102

1:45pm

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 15 years of building a leading non-profit.

Speakers
avatar for Tommy Nixon

Tommy Nixon

Chief Strategic Officer, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Tommy is excited to join the UYWI team as the Chief Strategy Officer to see God transform the urban center. He is a Founder and was Executive Director of Solidarity, and is currently the lead pastor at One Life City Church. His passion is to help urban leaders lead from a place o... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Myers 109

1:45pm

Moving Beyond the Bricks
Have you ever felt, in ministry, like you just keep running into a brick wall? Sometimes the brick walls are God's way of shining light on areas we need to deal with inside of ourselves, so we can be more like Him. Moving Beyond the Bricks will propel you with the strategies needed to move forward in ministry and equip you with concepts to impact the next generation to come up through the ranks of the ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Jaye Hill

Jaye Hill

President, JayeHillSpeaks
Jaye Hill has been impacting communities for the last 17 years with a Kingdom mindset. His model is "Changing Minds In Moments". Through this thinking, he has challenged leaders across the country to remove the word I and to replace that with Jesus Christ, who will guide their he... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Business 202

1:45pm

Sustaining a Strong Marriage and Family
The urban culture is filled with many demands, expectations, and unexpected challenges. How do a marriage and family survive in this culture? We will look at how to nurture a healthy marriage and relationship with your children while discipling them to love and serve Jesus.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Contreras

Pete Contreras

Pastor, New Vision Christian Fellowship
Pete is the Lead Pastor and Co-founder, with his wife Julie, of New Vision Christian Fellowship. He is also the founder of 2nd Mile Urban Ministries that services at-risk youth, having served the urban community of San Diego for over 29 years. He has been married for over 28 year... Read More →
avatar for Julie Contreras

Julie Contreras

Co-Founder/Bible Study Teacher, New Vision Christian Fellowship
Julie Contreras is the co-founder of New Vision Christian Fellowship with her husband, Pete. She oversees the women’s ministry, writes Bible Studies, and currently is an Educational Facilitator helping families homeschool. She is a graduate of Hope International University and... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Talbot East 107

1:45pm

The Creator's Culture: Building and Sustaining a Strong Diverse Urban Youth Ministry
The world is becoming more unified in diversity, while the church stays generally divided and segregated. We have an opportunity in our youth groups and organizations to develop THE CREATOR'S CULTURE where young people from all backgrounds are united in the body of Christ. Let's talk about practical tips to help you in your ministry context.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Fenner

Sean Fenner

Founder, The Creators Culture
Sean Fenner is a mentor, speaker, coach, and trainer with an intense passion to awaken this generation to an authentic relationship with Jesus. Sean is deeply passionate about multi-ethnic and urban ministry, campus ministry, community transformation, and effective discipleship t... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Business 105

1:45pm

The Hard Truths from a Gang Leader and his Friendship with a Gang Intervention Specialist
Amy Williams and high-ranking gang leader "Chief" share the hard truths (and hopes) about gang culture and the Church. Listen to Chief's story of joining a gang, to leaving the gang to become a Christian and national speaker...and why he went back to the gang. This workshop is designed to create a safe space to share stories and look at the hard truth about what it takes for the Church to impact youth in gangs.

Speakers
avatar for Jose Velez

Jose Velez

Jose Velez is a current Chicago Gang leader with over 25 years of affiliation. Jose left the gang to serve Christ and was a sought-after speaker on gangs, violence, and incarceration. He was featured in many magazines and main stages across the nation. Eventually, Jose went back... Read More →
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Amy Williams

Gang Intervention Specialist/Juvenile Justice Advocate, A Hope Dealer
Amy “Hope Dealer” Williams, is a 23-year youth ministry veteran and certified Gang Intervention Specialist. Amy is a task force member for the National Institute for Juvenile Justice Ministries, a steering committee member for the CCDA Mass Incarceration Task Force, and a Nor... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Talbot East: Andrews Banquet Room

1:45pm

The Misinterpreted Gospel of Singleness
We will explore complicated nuances surrounding singleness in the Christian community. Learn how ministries can center and empower singles of all stages of life, and celebrate singleness in the same way we celebrate the beauty of marriage. The workshop is not explicitly for single people, but for everyone who seeks to understand the importance of inclusivity in relation to the life of the church.

Speakers
avatar for Khristi Adams

Khristi Adams

Founder & Director, The Becoming Conference
Khristi is an author, speaker, advocate, and artist. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, ordained with American Baptist Churches, and currently a PhD student at Eastern University. In college she worked in the chaplaincy, youth ministry, and congregational minist... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Café Banquet Room (Cafeteria)

1:45pm

The Proof for the Truth: Keeping Them in The Faith Through Apologetics
The course will give disciple makers the tools necessary to engage our youth with the abundant evidence that proves that God exists, and Christianity is true, so that we don't lose a generation of believers! You will leave knowing the moral, scientific, and archaeological evidence for Christianity, and how to communicate it to all who challenge the one Way, Truth, and source of all life.

Speakers
avatar for Alex McElroy

Alex McElroy

Pastor of Education, New Life Covenant Southeast
Alex McElroy is an international speaker, teacher, author, blogger, and the Pastor of Education at NLCSE in Chicago. For over 12 years, Alex has taught youth and adults, and trained hundreds of ministers to teach accurately and effectively. Alex focuses his teaching on leadership... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Business 201

1:45pm

Women of Color in Christian Leadership in a White Male World
The perseverance and grit required to survive a tough upbringing and harsh environment are often the same traits that propel women of color into positions in senior leadership. Many women are ill-prepared for the realities of high-level leadership in Christian environments where the norm is white and male. Join a supportive and healing learning circle for sharing and gathering the tools you need to survive and thrive in environments that are often not designed to welcome, nor prepared to support you.

Speakers
avatar for Mayra Macedo-Nolan

Mayra Macedo-Nolan

Pastor of Community Outreach, Lake Avenue Church
Mayra lives in Pasadena, CA, serving on the pastoral staff of Lake Avenue Church. Mayra describes her calling as prophetic pastoral leadership in the church and public square. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Sh... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Rose 002

1:45pm

Your City NEEDS Help
Learn to navigate the process of not just building a ministry, but building a ministry that meets the needs of the community. As believers, it is our responsibility to not just build what we are building, but to meet the needs of our neighbors in the process.

Speakers
avatar for Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

CEO/ Youth Pastor, Rescue a Generation
Jose is the founder and CEO of Rescue a Generation Inc., a non-profit that focuses on reaching students who are struggling in school due to behavior and family issues. He is a motivational speaker who speaks to students across the nation. His passion for young people, authenticit... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Talbot East 008

3:00pm

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.

Saturday May 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall

3:30pm

General Session 6
Moderators
avatar for Adam Cruz

Adam Cruz

Music Artist, 7th Street Church
Adam is a 90s kid, hip-hop artist, youth/young adult leader, and active servant of the local church. Adam works at Biola University full-time for the Crowell School of Business. He loves his wife, pizza, and people, in that order. Long Beach, CA is his home.
avatar for Genevieve Smith

Genevieve Smith

Associate Regional 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 th... Read More →

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.
avatar for Eric Mason

Eric Mason

Founder & Lead Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship
Dr. Eric Mason, aka “Pastor E”, is the founder and pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He is also the Founder/President of Thriving, an urban resource organization committed to developing leaders for ministry in the urban context. He has written three books; Ma... Read More →
avatar for Tommy Nixon

Tommy Nixon

Chief Strategic Officer, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Tommy is excited to join the UYWI team as the Chief Strategy Officer to see God transform the urban center. He is a Founder and was Executive Director of Solidarity, and is currently the lead pastor at One Life City Church. His passion is to help urban leaders lead from a place o... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

DJ, @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 Ic... Read More →
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
The 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... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Gym

5:30pm

Cafeteria Open for Dinner (Saturday-Night Dorm Guests Only)
Only Saturday-Night-Housing guests are eligible for this meal.

Food
avatar for Biola Cafeteria

Biola Cafeteria

Café Biola is the main dining room, located in the center of campus.  Cafeteria meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband, starting Thursday lunch and ending Sat breakfast. All others can purchase individual meals with cash or credit... Read More →

Saturday May 19, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Cafeteria
 
Sunday, May 20
 

6:00am

Housing Check Out
Return your key, in its original envelope:
  • Saturday 8am-6pm - Student Union Building
  • Sunday 6am*-9am - Lobby of Horton Hall
*For early Sunday checkouts before 6 am: It is MANDATORY that you make arrangements with the Housing Director, Stephanie Herrick, housing@uywi.org, or (714) 322-8417.
Tradewinds Apartments guests are asked to bring your keys to the lobby of Horton Hall upon checkout.
Lost / Unreturned Keys
The Lost Key Fee is $60, payable to UYWI. We are not able to accept keys mailed back after the event. If you have not returned the key by Sunday 9 am, you will receive an invoice for $60.


Sunday May 20, 2018 6:00am - 9:00am
Student Union Building

7:30am

Cafeteria Open for Breakfast (Saturday-Night Dorm Guests Only)
Only Saturday-Night-Housing guests are eligible for this meal.

Food
avatar for Biola Cafeteria

Biola Cafeteria

Café Biola is the main dining room, located in the center of campus.  Cafeteria meals are included for Attendees with a Housing or Commuter Meal Pass wristband, starting Thursday lunch and ending Sat breakfast. All others can purchase individual meals with cash or credit... Read More →

Sunday May 20, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Cafeteria