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UPI MODEL IN YOUTH CARE MINISTRIES
Urban Promise International was established in 2008 to formalize the replication process of the Urban Promise model in Malawi and other countries (Urban Promise International, 2013). William Nyasulu was the first to replicate this model in Malawi in 2003 by opening an organization called Youth Care ministries. The paper describes how the Youth Care Ministries Website speaks about what the organization does in line with Dr. Bruce’s conversation on the UPI model.
The UPI model is a way of how Urban Promise does its programming which has been adopted by several UPI affiliate organizations worldwide. The vision of Urban Promise USA since its foundation in 1988 has been to equip Camden's children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership. The mission is achieved through after-school programs, summer camps, two schools, experiential learning, job training, and a host of other programs that challenge youth to develop and realize their potential (Main, 2008). The success of this mission led to the establishment of Urban Promise International which seeks to prepare emerging leaders to initiate, develop, and sustain Christian-based youth development organizations and seed their new ministries while serving vulnerable children and teens in our world’s most under-resourced communities (Urban Promise International, 2013).
Youth Care Ministries’ mission is to enhance the lives of at-risk urban youth by equipping them with the tools necessary for academic excellence, life skills, spiritual growth, and leadership capacity, while meeting their basic physical needs. It currently runs seven programs: Safe Haven Orphanage for 13 boys and 8 girls, Afterschool, Summer Camps, High School, Community Clinic, Youth Empowerment, and Sponsorship Programs.
The website of Youth Care clearly shows how the organization has replicated the UPI model in Malawi. The missions of both Youth Care and Urban Promise center on urban youth in academic life, life management skills, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership capacity.
Youth Care’s Programs align well with the UPI Model. They provide after school programs that supplement educational needs for the kids. Summer Camp keeps they youth safe during the long term three holidays. This keeps them away from risky behaviours and provides an opportunity for spiritual growth. They operate a high school and a community clinic to provide quality education and health services to the community. Finally, Youth Care also runs a sponsorship program that gives the under-resourced children an opportunity to finish their education.
It is worth noting that the UPI model seems to focus on educating a child to reach their potential. The programs of both in the UPI model and Youth Care Ministries are inclined to educate a child to become an equipped leader. The impacts of such programs are overwhelming. The UPI model has seen the birth of 20 plus ministries around the world. For Youth Care, some of the kids raised in the Safe Haven have also established their own UPI affiliate ministries for example LoveDriven ministries.
In conclusion, the UPI model discussed by Dr. Bruce Main has brought about a successful impact in Malawi and other countries. It has birthed a lot of non-profit organizations impacting on the youth both in urban and rural areas. Youth Care being the first ministry in Malawi has represented a well replication of the Urban Promise International Model.
Care, Y. (n.d.). Retrieved from Youth Care Ministries: https://youthcareministries.org/
Main, B. (2008). Urban Promise. Retrieved from Urban Promise: http://urbanpromiseusa.org/
Urban Promise International. (2013). Retrieved from Urban Promise International: https://urbanpromiseinternational.org/about-us-our-history-mission.