The mission of UrbanPromise International is to prepare emerging leaders to initiate, develop, and sustain Christian-based youth development organizations and seed their new ministries while serving vulnerable children and teens in our world’s most under-resourced communities.
Since our first years in Camden, the UrbanPromise model has been replicated throughout the United States and around the globe. In the 1990s, sites were launched in Vancouver (British Columbia), Toronto (Ontario), and Wilmington (Delaware). In 2003, UrbanPromise's first location in Malawi, Africa began when a former intern, William Nyasulu, created the organization YouthCare. UrbanPromise International was then established to formalize the replication process and provide the support necessary for the model to be used in other communities worldwide.
To date, more than 20 organizations have been launched around the world, following the UrbanPromise model. All UrbanPromise sites and affiliate ministries are governed independently but strive to achieve the same goal: to provide children and youth with the support needed to succeed academically, grow spiritually, and develop into leaders who can bring positive change to their communities.