The mission of UrbanPromise International is to prepare emerging leaders to initiate, develop, and sustain Christian-based youth development organizations and to seed their new ministries as they serve vulnerable children and teens in our world’s most under-resourced communities.
UrbanPromise started working with the children of Camden, New Jersey in 1988.
Since 1988, the UrbanPromise model has been replicated in other cities in North America including UrbanPromise sites in Vancouver (British Columbia), Toronto (Ontario), and Wilmington (Delaware). In 2003, the model was replicated in Malawi, Africa when William Nyasulu established YouthCare. UrbanPromise International has been established to formalize this process and provide the supports necessary for the model to be used in other communities.
In 2008, RiseMalawi Ministries, ProjectTEACH, and ChristCares Ministries were established by interns from Malawi. UrbanPromise Honduras launched full time programs in June 2009 and Rays of Hope established in Blantyre, Malawi in the fall of 2009. Camp Courage was a pilot program launched in Miami, Florida in the summer of 2010, and in July of 2011 Trenton, New Jersey became home to the newest UrbanPromise site.
Each UrbanPromise site and affiliate ministries are dedicated to providing children and youth with the supports that they need to succeed academically, grow spiritually, and prepare for leadership that will bring positive change to their own communities.