Here at Urban Vision, we desire to see the next generation of young people grow into Godly leaders who will enact change in the world around them. Therefore, we focus much of our resources, and many staff and volunteer hours to mentor the children and teens who come into our ministry.
Discipleship is woven into many Urban Vision programs, such as one-on-one and group mentoring as part of S.O.S. After School, but we strive to specifically develop disciples in two ways:
Spiritual Development – North Side Open Door Church meets at Urban Vision. While all UV programs preach the Gospel, getting our participants plugged in to this multicultural, multi-generational body of believers is the best way to help them develop as spiritual disciples of Jesus Christ.
Leadership Development – Urban Vision firmly believes that today’s North Hill teens are tomorrow’s North Hill leaders. Raising up and training indigenous leaders from within our community is essential to long-lasting revitalization. Because of this, we encourage involvement as teen volunteers in the programs they loved as children (like Kids’ Club). S.O.S. Leadership Academy helps 6th-12th graders develop positive, change-minded worldviews and take an active role in leading their younger classmates at S.O.S. Teen/College Internships offer UV youth the chance to get involved as staff, learning about UV’s ministry from a leadership perspective (some of our 2016-17 interns are pictured at right). And our UV Servant Leadership Scholarship Fund rewards hardworking UV servant leaders by supporting their pursuit of higher education, with the goal of further preparing them to serve their community.