WHAT WE DO
We dream of thriving cities. We dream of cities where young people, churches, businesses, schools, and everyone in between reach their dreams, love their neighbors, and help each other succeed. How do we do it? We love our city.
we better cities by reaching and equipping young people to turn and transform their communities
When young people do not get the love they need or are forced to grow up in unsafe situations like extreme poverty, they become vulnerable to making dangerous choices. In Beirut, Lebanon, that might involve joining a radical terrorist group. In Baltimore, MD, USA, that looks a lot more like riots and crime. In either case, we all pay a significant price.
At-risk young people are a city’s greatest issue. While the cost may come in the form of criminal activity, dangerous inner cities, law enforcement and social service costs today the far more expensive price tag comes in the future: Lost wages, taxes and possibilities of what these young people might have become. Our cities’ futures are being determined by what we are investing in our young people today. Healthy youth lead to thriving cities. Hurting youth lead to damaged cities.
developing young people
REHABILITATION FOR STREET KIDS
BWAB member organization, FIKISHA, works in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi, Kenya providing a rehabilitation program for the street kids living there with almost daily outreaches and two sessions each week to help them clean their clothes, eat a good meal and grow spiritually.MORE INFO
Velocity is a cross-age mentoring program designed by mentoring expert, Dr. Michael Karcher, in which high school students are trained to be mentors to middle school students from a school nearby during a weekly after school program.MORE INFO
READ, WRITE TO LEAD
Read, Write to Lead is a three week summer literacy program provided in economically disadvantaged communities. The program helps children maintain reading levels during school breaks and to increase their reading levels while encouraging deeper connection to reading.MORE INFO
English as a Second Language classes provide individuals who are new to a country with a powerful key to navigating their new life and culture. ESL classes provide people living in non-English speaking countries with a valuable tool for being able to find better paying jobs including in English speaking call centers. With both situations, these classes become small groups that fight for one another to grow.MORE INFO
Camp Overcomers is a five day revolutionary event held in Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA that invites young people into an experience with Jesus that equips them to make a difference in their own communities.MORE INFO
LOVE YOUR CITY NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSFORMATION
Love Your City weaves a city together to mobilize young people to walk into hurting neighborhoods and build relationships with every person living there, offering friendship and support to help community members reach their dreams.MORE INFO
Tutoring centers provide students in vulnerable neighborhoods with the homework help and skills strengthening they need to stay in school while also building caring relationships between young people and older people who will fight for them.MORE INFO
Scholarship programs reward motivated, hard-working students with the help they need to get to college while requiring them to turn and serve others in the community are transformational for those receiving them and for the communities that they turn to impact.MORE INFO
WHERE WE ARE
Love Your City is a movement growing across the globe. Join a current team or launch a new one in your city!