We held our 5th Annual Celebration Banquet this Sunday at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, and it was a huge success! With overflowing tables, student serves, a food truck and some spectacular live music, the evening was a lively celebration of UrbanLife Ministries.
We debuted our new promo video, heard a brief update from Founder Jake Medcalf (via webcam), and listened to Board Chair Bill Nichol and Executive Director Sarah Carter speak about the recent leadership transition, and the vision for the next season of UrbanLife.
Sarah outlined three areas of focus for ministry in the next year:
- Increased volunteer partnerships: Linking volunteers from within and outside our communities to meaningful opportunities to serve young people and make a difference. Sign up for info about volunteering here.
- Developing young leaders: We will continue to be relentless about our development of young neighborhood leaders through internships, job opportunities, one-on-one mentoring and service opportunities. Look out for the Come Up Internship during the school year, the Ground Up Internship during the summer, and hopefully new college-age internship opportunities.
- Innovative solutions to neighborhood challenges: Just as UrbanLife Farms was developed in response to youth unemployment and vacant, unused lots in our neighborhoods, we will continue to find innovative solutions to the challenges our neighborhoods, and particularly our young neighbors, face. We have some great ideas in the works, so stay tuned!
If you didn't make the banquet but would still like to give a donation, please visit our donation page.
Thanks to our table hosts, guest chefs, performers and the guests that made it such a fantastic night!