Episode 28: Featuring Nate Landis

Nate Landis, President and Founder of Urban Youth Collaborative sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, Jared Kelley and James Carmody to talk about his work with the youth in San Diego county. UYC is an organization that provides support, encouragement and inspiration to the student originated and led faith clubs in middle and high schools throughout San Diego County. The faith clubs offer voluntary meetings during the non-instructional hours at school such as lunch or free times. Landis, who is an ordained minister with the USA Presbyterian Church, holds a BA from Eastern University in Sociology and youth ministry, a Ph.D. in Religion and Ethics from Claremont Graduate University and is a youth pastor. In 2006 Landis was a full time pastor eight blocks from San Diego High School, he approached the football coach with the idea of holding pre-game meals with chapel services for the athletes who were interested in attending. Because the team at the time was had a record of only 1 in 9, the team’s coach figured a little prayer and encouragement could help. That was 10 years ago and since that time UYC has active clubs in 76 schools in the San Diego area that have 2500 students a week who actively participate. More than 45 churches have been invited to participate by having pastors speak during the club meetings to speak to the youth. Landis explains to radio hosts, Carmody and Kelley how the Project 25 initiative is having an impact on not only the students but how those students are impacting not only the schools they attend but also their communities, cities, states and even worldwide. Project 25 is an annual community service campaign that the ministry coordinates with students in order for the students to live out the parable of the talents from Matthew 25. Every faith club is encourage to apply for a mini-grant of $100 to create an original and creative project that will meet needs within their city, county, state or around the world. The first fifty clubs that apply receive the grant. Instead of having to pay back the grant, the students are asked to create a 90-second YouTube video that explains what they are doing and what their project is. 

Take Action

1.  Urban Youth Collaborative has been impacting communities and is yet to impact more. If you would like to know more about their upcoming events or want to know how to get involved visit their website at Urban Youth Collaborative or contact Nate directly at nate@uyc.org