why Youth Development 

Everything we do centers around young people. Why? We believe young people are undervalued and often overlooked in our culture. Instead of looked down upon, young people can and should be activated as leaders, innovators, hard workers, and God-followers. UrbanLife seeks to be a safe place for young people to learn about themselves, develop lasting friendships, discover who God is, and use their skills, passions and gifts to serve others.

In Isaiah 61, God talks about oaks of righteousness, planted by the Lord to restore places long devastated. We believe these oaks are the young people in our neighborhoods, greatly loved and valued by God. 

UrbanLife offers age appropriate outreach and discipleship ministries that seek to be God’s instruments in creating environments and experiences where the students of inner-city San Diego and their neighborhoods can be transformed. We see our young friends in our ‘hoods as future teachers, lawyers, ministers, moms and dads, committed to loving neighbor and ‘hood through the practice of Christian community development. They are our future leaders in our missional communities, committed to their “family on mission,” an ongoing incarnation of God’s holistic love in their ‘hood.

Our Programs

UrbanLife City Heights: High School East | 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ UrbanLife: City Heights
Every student should be a part of a positive life-changing community that is exciting, fun and adventurous. Every Monday night, Crawford high school students are invited to join us at our City Heights campus for dinner, crazy games, and a message about life and God. We also have small group nights where students will have a chance to read the bible for themselves and discuss what it means with friends. You can also look forward to special off campus trips and events like a Padres game, Boomers, SDSU Aztec Bowling, or Beach Day. You just never really know where we’re going or what we’re doing, so come and find out! Rides home are provided for every student that attends. Contact Romin at romin@urbanlifesd.org.  

UrbanLife Middle | Wednesdays 1:15 - 3:15 pm @ UrbanLife: City Heights
This program is very similar in style to our High School student outreach but is geared towards middle school students. We believe that impacting children earlier in their lives will yield more change and long term impact. So UrbanLife Middle still has all the same crazy games, great food and messages but it is all adjusted to the issues and challenges that our young friends are dealing with. All students from all middle schools are welcome! However, as of now, there are no rides available. Please contact Cindy Soria at cindy@urbanlifesd.org for more info or with any questions.

Urban Mic Night | every Fourth Fridays 7-9 pm @ UrbanLife: SouthEast

Urban Mic Night is a chill, creative, and positive space in the Southeast neighborhood for youth to express themselves.  We welcome you explore and share your creativity: poetry, raps, dancing, lip sync, duets, covers, etc.  Urban Mic also provides food! Please check our Facebook page for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/UrbanMicNight/
Our events take place at Southeast Community Church 210 S. Euclid Ave; San Diego, CA 92114
Please contact Amanda at Amanda@urbanlifesd.org if you have any questions or need more information.

FriYays | Fridays 5:30-8:30 pm @ UrbanLife: SouthEast

FriYay is a hangout for high school students from Southeast that combines getting to know students from the neighborhood and oppportunity to learn about God and Biblical social justice.  Our student leaders help plan the hangouts.   Activities changes weekly from bowling to movie night to having a bonfire.  At a FriYay hangout you can expect food, meeting new friends and a ride home.  The hangouts are positive and safe spaces; all teens residing in Southeast are welcome! 
Please contact Amanda at Amanda@urbanlifesd.org if you have any questions or need more information.

CollegeLife | Wednesdays 6-9 pm @ Romin's Home

CollegeLife is a discipleship gathering of all college-aged/post- high school students.  The decisions made in early adulthood are critical.  Our care for students do not end once they have graduated high school.  At the gatherings, you can expect dinner, fellowship, sharing highs and lows from our lives, and digging into the Word of God in large group and small group.  Please contact Romin at Romin@urbanlifesd.org if you have any questions or need more information.

The Come Up Internship | Sundays 1 - 4 pm @ UrbanLife Office
The Come Up is a leadership development-driven internship for high school aged youth in City Heights and Southeast.  Students are challenged to contribute to UrbanLife’s vision: “To see transformed people transform neighborhoods through Christian community development initiatives and vibrant missional communities that love God, neighbor, and ‘hood."    Internship's training and development will target the areas of 1) Spiritual Formation 2) Mission Formation 3)Missional Communities Integration and 4) Job Skills Development 5) Leadership Development.

Interns will learn servant leadership throughout the internship using Jesus as a model, and get real life skills and experience.  

Each student will earn a stipend when they complete the internship. Contact Kathy Pham (kathy@urbanlifesd.org) for more information.