Author Archives Jimmy

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 21, 2015) – UrbanPromise Charlotte has received a $5,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support the organization’s StreetLeader program. “Support from community partners such as Duke Energy fuels our passion and truly makes our programming possible. We were thrilled and encouraged when we learned we had been selected for the […]

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  • Every Thursday morning during Summer Camp, our sixty-five campers would gather and sit in rapt attention for a “Real Talk.” During our Thursday “Real Talks,” a few of our teenage StreetLeaders would authentically share experiences from their childhood around weighty issues like family, faith, and grades. One Thursday, the “Real Talk” topic was self-value. During this “Real Talk,” […]

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  • Last month, the very first class of senior StreetLeaders from UrbanPromise Charlotte completed their high school careers. We are thrilled to share that 100% of our 11 senior StreetLeaders graduated high school and will attend college this fall! This is particularly meaningful because most of our StreetLeaders will be the first in their families to attend college. […]

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  • “What does love require of me?” According to one pastor, this simple, yet demanding, question lies at the center of what it means to follow Jesus with our lives. And last week, this question was at the heart of our Summer Camp training for our high school StreetLeaders, college interns, and summer reading teachers. This […]

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  • “Often when people think about low-income kids, they’re thought of as either part of the problem or as victims,” argues Zeke Cohen, founder of a Baltimore-based nonprofit focused on empowering young leaders. “What if,” he asks, “we could shift that lens and show that our kids can be the solution?” At UrbanPromise, we love this question because […]

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  • “Every choice is a renunciation,” Saint Thomas Aquinas asserted. In other words, when we choose one way of life, we also reject another. When we say “yes” to one path, we also say “no” to an alternate path. My favorite moments are those in which I witness our campers or StreetLeaders choosing to reject old, toxic […]

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  • Last Wednesday at our AfterSchool Program, I walked into our second grade classroom, took a deep breath, and made an important announcement about our plans for the afternoon. “Today we have a special surprise for you all,” I began. We had organized the “Joy of Giving,” a celebration where our students would pick out gifts for their […]

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  • “What has your role as a StreetLeader meant to you this year,” I recently asked Ismael. “This job has given me purpose—” Ismael responded, “a purpose to act the way I want the kids to grow up to be.”  As a StreetLeader, Ismael is a teacher, mentor, and role model for the younger students who attend our […]

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  • As Thanksgiving nears, I am awed by and grateful for how God has blessed UrbanPromise Charlotte this past year. There are hundreds of blessings I could share, but here are 7 that stand out: Our inspiring inaugural class of StreetLeaders. Last October, 16 teenagers were hired as UrbanPromise’s Charlotte’s first StreetLeaders. This group, which has grown to 22 […]

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  • “We’re part of something bigger. UrbanPromise is huge, and it’s not just us here in Charlotte.” This is how Emi, one of our high school StreetLeader captains, responded when I asked her how her time at the UrbanPromise International Summit affected how she viewed her role as a StreetLeader at UrbanPromise Charlotte. This year, Emi […]

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