Monday January 14th, at the City Commissioner’s meeting of West Palm Beach, Urban Youth Impact was recognized by Mayor Jeri Muoio for our commitment and dedication to the Tamarind Avenue community over the last twenty-two years. Mayor Muoio read a proclamation declaring the week of January 14-20, 2019 as Urban Youth Impact week. The proclamation states,
“Whereas, Urban Youth Impact, a faith-based nonprofit, is celebrating 22 years of serving the Tamarind Avenue community and beyond; and
Whereas, in 1997 Bill Hobbs and his wife, Kerry, started UYI by reaching 30 boys in the Tamarind Avenue community with a $50,000 budget; and
Whereas, today, Urban Youth Impact has 34 employees and is loving, equipping and empowering over 450 youth weekly with a budget of $2.9 Million; and
Whereas, UYI is dedicated to providing educational enrichment, resources, safe environments, personal mentorship, and job-readiness programs to facilitate the growth and development of Palm Beach County’s underserved youth; and
Whereas, UYI has been certified by Non-Profits First since 2008 and by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability since 2009. In 2010, UYI became a member agency of The Town of Palm Beach United Way and the United Way of Palm Beach County. In 2013, UYI was recognized for its work by Extraordinary Charities in Palm Beach County.
Now therefore, I, Jeri Muoio, Mayor of the City of West Palm beach, do hereby proclaim January 14-20, 2019 as, Urban Youth Impact Week.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of the City of West Palm Beach, Florida to be affixed this day of January, 2019.”
Bill Hobbs, the Founder of Urban Youth Impact, had the opportunity to thank the Mayor, along with the City Council Members, for bringing light to Urban Youth Impact and our mission. Furthermore, Urban Youth Impact had the opportunity to share a short video that encompasses who UYI is and how we, along with our partners, are loving, equipping and empowering inner-city youth in our local community.
After Urban Youth Impact’s video clip concluded, Mayor Muoio commented, “It was delightful to see so many smiling faces while that video played.” The Commissioners Chamber was filled with City Council Members as well as a number of local community members.