Article by Urban Alliance staff. Photos courtesy of World Vision.

On Saturday, March 19, World Vision provided a workshop for 13 youth leaders and 20 youth from 10 organizations who participate in the Urban Alliance initiative Next Generation. The training, “Create A Compassionate Youth Group,” helped strengthen their capacity to partner with and equip youth to have a meaningful and positive impact on their peers. 

This training focused on the church and role of youth ministry through the lens of Community Youth Development, character development consistent with Christian discipleship, and how to build peer relationships within youth groups. 

Participants walked away with tools to help look at their programming through the lens of their activities and practices, and ways to promote attentive listening, to improve typical communications cycles found in groups.

Urban Alliance has offered grant funding to organizations in the Urban Alliance network who engage in Next Generation and attended the training, to help put these gained skills and tools to use by incorporating new techniques that directly impact people, improve the culture of their youth program, and build adult-youth partnerships.

If your organization would like to learn more about participating in Next Generation, contact Rosaicela Rodriguez, Urban Alliance’s Director of Implementation, Children & Youth Initiatives, at or 860.986.6052.