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Resources for Urban Youth Workers

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Resources for Urban Youth Workers

Recommended Books
Jesus with Dirty Feet: Youth workers may find that this short book, written in a contemporary poetic style, will be helpful to use with students skeptical about the claims of Christianity.
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A.D.D. Wandering Minds, Wired Bodies: : This is a short booklet that explores the questions: What is ADD? What are the strengths and weaknesses of ADD children? What can be done about this puzzling disorder? The author offers parents and those who work with children with A.D.D. help, encouragement, and wisdom.
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Family-Based Youth Ministry: A fresh look at common concerns many American churches have about conducting effective youth ministry. (Links to Amazon.com to purchase).
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Youth Ministry in City Churches: Proven tips from over 40 youth ministry veterans: A well-rounded book that addresses all aspects of urban youth ministry, including a theological foundation for ministry to the city and best practices for reaching at-risk youth.
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Youth Ministry From the Inside Out: How Who You are Shapes What You Do: A book for Christian youth ministers that focuses on the character and spiritual development of the youth leader as a necessary foundation for a successful ministry.
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The Heroic Revolution: A New Agenda for Youthwork: As an urban youth worker, do you ever feel like many of the books on youth ministry you read don’t address the problems you face in the city? If so, then this book is for you.
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Purpose Driven Youth Ministry: 9 Foundations for Healthy Growth: Using concise language and an easy to understand format, Doug Fields offers youth workers nine practical and biblical principles to use to build a healthy youth ministry.
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City Lights: Ministry Essentials for Reaching Urban Youth: A cutting-edge book composed of essays by contemporary leaders on various topics of effective urban youth ministry.
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Recommended Links
Group Publishing, Inc.: Group Publishing offers resources for youth workers that assist them in serving at-risk youth, planning innovative programs and retreats, improving their youth counseling skills, and equipping youth to understand the Bible.
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Straight Ahead Ministries: This nonprofit’s mission is to equip Christians to minister to juvenile offenders in order that every juvenile offender might hear and be able to respond to the Gospel.
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YouthPartnersnet: YouthPartnersnet: This national network provides the high energy “Compassion Works” training conferences for urban youth workers and also offers resources on fund-raising. (Link navigates directly to YouthPartnersnet).
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KAZI Publications: KAZI Publications specializes in Islamic books and materials. Their topics include Muslim youth development.
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Child Trends: Child Trends collects and analyzes data and conducts research on child well-being, marriage and family issues, and welfare and poverty. It is a helpful resource for research on many issues facing children, families, and those who work with children.
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Center for Youth Studies: This online faith-based resource provides current, relevant resources for holistic youth ministry and opportunities for networking with other youth ministry professionals.
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Deeper Life: Youth For Life has developed this 14 meeting series geared towards teens participating in an urban “club.” Through urban appropriate games, videos and the use of scripture, Youth For Life hopes to draw teens into a “deeper life” with Jesus. Each meeting is structured to engage entire volunteer teams through the use of small group questions, and can easily be customized to meet the needs of local ministries. This material was written to be used at an urban outreach event as an introduction to concepts of faith. It is not intended to be used in a bible study or in a discipleship group.

For more information, go to the Youth For Christ website (www.yfc.net) and search “Deeper Life Curriculum” in the search box.

 

Raising Indigenous Leaders Training from Urban Youth
Youth for Life has developed an eleven-part video series on Raising Indigenous Leaders Training from Urban Youth. “As City Life staff, we can sometimes fall short in our attempts to raise indigenous leaders from our ministry because we run out of time! When an urban teen turns 19 years-old, they are too old to continue in our program as a student, but they might be too young in their walk with their Lord to become a full-fledged volunteer with YFC. To help address this issues, the National City Life Leadership team is encouraging City Life programs across the country to develop Volunteer in Training (VIT) Leadership Programs. These programs allow us to remain relationally and spiritually engaged with the young adults who age out of our City Life programs. By creating a new category of leadership opportunities for young people, we can bridge the gap of indigenous leadership development, enabling us to raise life-long followers of Jesus Christ from within our communities! Click below for the full manual download which includes instructions on how to launch a VIT program, sample forms, a program calendar and start up materials.”

To find out more on information, visit the Youth for Life Website (www.yfl.net) and search “Volunteer in Training Manual- Raising Indigenous Leaders from Urban Youth.”