From San Diego to New Jersey

Sarah Carter, UrbanLife’s Executive Director since 2014, will be leaving UrbanLife at the end of the calendar year. Sarah and her family will be moving across the country to Jersey City, New Jersey and Sarah will be joining New City Kids as the Executive Director of the Jersey City team. The Board will be hosting a good-bye party for Sarah on Sunday, December 2nd from 4-7pm. Please RSVP by November 27 to Kevin (

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Sarah and our Board Chair, Bill Nichol, recently sent out the following letters with updates about this big transition.

November 6, 2018

Dear Friends,

The Board of Directors of UrbanLife has reluctantly accepted the resignation of our Executive Director, Sarah Carter. Sarah will continue through December 31st to assist the Board and staff in making a smooth transition.

Sarah has accepted an Executive Director position with New City Kids in Jersey City, New Jersey.  With a twenty-year history, New City Kids strives to develop a dynamic community where adults, teens and children work together to transform their city through after-school education, fine and performing arts and music. Sounds a bit like UrbanLife, we have prepared her well!  Sarah has guided us with a steady hand through significant growth and has positioned us for the next phase. We will miss Sarah and wish her and her family the very best in the next chapter of their lives.

As Sarah transitions off staff, the UrbanLife Board is thrilled to have José Luis Vallejo assume the role of Interim Executive Director. As many of you know, José has faithfully served as our Director of Finance and Social Enterprise and has worked with Sarah during her tenure as Executive Director. José graduated from Yale University with a degree in Economics. While working in the real estate development world for five years, he contributed to the advancement of youth development in San Diego through board service with Summerbridge San Diego, Barrio Logan College Institute and Anybody Can Youth Foundation. Building on five years of hard work with UrbanLife, José will continue in this new role to execute a seamless transition as the search begins for a new Executive Director.

The Board of Directors is extremely confident  UrbanLife is poised for increasing impact in City Heights and beyond. But we need your partnership more than ever. As you make your year-end giving plans, consider investing generously in UrbanLife, so together we can continue to change young people’s lives for Christ.

Bill Nichol
UrbanLife BoardChairman


Dear Friends of UrbanLife,

A few Saturdays ago, I was helping plant brand new seeds at UrbanLife Farms, working side by side with a fantastic group of volunteers. As I dug in the dirt, I was reminded again of how life moves in seasons… new life, growth, harvest, rest, and new life as it starts again. It was also fitting to be back working our first farm site, where I began working with UrbanLife!

I am still just as confident in the vision of UrbanLife as when I started working here, still full of the belief that we can change neighborhoods by raising up young Christian leaders who know themselves and realize the potential God has put inside them.

We have seen this transformation happen! As I watch young UrbanLife alumni share the love of Christ they have personally experienced, coach a talented and diverse cross-country team, or run a vibrant cafe that employs younger students, I see leaders raising up more leaders. The partnerships we have developed with individuals, churches, and other amazing organizations have formed a secure web of support that will continue to help our young people grow, and our neighborhoods flourish.

The work has not been easy, however, and it is not done! I have incredible confidence in José and the UrbanLife Board of Directors as they lead UrbanLife during this season of transition. The work with youth will go on because it continues to be so needed in our neighborhood and beyond!

As BJ and I move all the way across the country to follow God’s call into a new role with urban youth, we stay deeply committed to doing all we can to raise up the next generation of leaders. Will you stay committed to this crucial work with urban youth here in San Diego? Like adding rich compost and turning it into the soil to prepare for a new season of growth, UrbanLife needs all you can give during this season of transition. Donate generously, pray for the new leadership, sign up for a new volunteer role. Together, we can continue to impact entire neighborhoods through equipping and empowering young leaders.

Thank you so much for your partnership over the past six years, it has been such an honor to serve UrbanLife Ministries!

Sarah Carter
Executive Director