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Youth Outreach

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UGM Camp: Kids Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Abuse, and Addiction

Every summer, UGM partners with local churches to invite at-risk children from Spokane's low-income neighborhoods to enjoy a week at UGM's riverside...

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The Love of Jesus and Outrageous Fun Combined: An Exclusive Look at UGM Camp 2021

"The thing I loved most about UGM Camp was EVERYTHING." Joey, UGM camper

Through the love and generosity of hundreds of community members just like...

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From Crisis to Creativity: How the Pandemic Has Impacted the Future of UGM Youth Outreach

In many ways, understanding the present, let alone planning for the future, has felt impossible this year. If we’re honest, 2020 has presented us all...

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Checking in With Youth Outreach

In a perfect world, children and teens would grow up with the knowledge that they are valuable and loved. They wouldn’t have to ask for it, they...

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Kellie: helping kids win at life

Kellie Ingram is the UGM Youth Outreach Program Coordinator. In this blog post, we asked her to explain a bit about what she does and why she does it.

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UGM Camp: God Answers Simple Prayers

By Christa Hughes, Youth Outreach

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We count the little successes. We hold fast to the hope that God is working in the hearts of children. It can be...

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3 Ways Student Impact Gives Kids a Family

“This is literally our home. And three times a week, we invite 12 to 20 high-schoolers in.”

That’s a succinct way to describe Impact Nights at the...

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Juvenile Detention: Discovering God as Father

This account from Christa Hughes about the UGM Youth Outreach Juvenile Detention ministry shows how powerful the gospel is, in all its wonderful...

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Absolutely, Positively the #1 Best Thing at UGM Camp

Looking at pictures of the kids having fun at UGM Camp, you might conclude that the best thing about camp is outdoor games, swimming, river tubing,...

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Recovery: Facing Anger at God

“I was really angry with God and confused about…Well, if God really loves me, then how come I had to go through all this stuff? You know, there’s...

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Youth and the Future of Ministry

By Ryan Brown, UGM Youth Outreach Director

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Three and a half years ago, I was called back to a place where God transformed my life: Spokane’s Union...

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Meredith McFall is a resident intern at the UGM Student Impact Center.

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The UGM Residents You Didn't Know About

For years, the reader board at the UGM Crisis Shelter for Women and Children on East Sprague read, “Hope starts here.”

The Crisis Shelter has a...

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All children who attend UGM Camp are exposed to the Gospel and God's great love for them.

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3 Ways UGM Campers Make Lifelong Memories

Siblings Caden and Teryn, 11 and 9, had never been to summer camp before they went to UGM Camp last summer – free of charge.

“We wanted to send them,...

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Christa

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What the Kids in Juvenile Detention Want to Know

Christa serves in the Juvenile Detention ministry for UGM Youth Outreach. Here, she reflects on her experiences with these young people.

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Student Impact: Like Family

By Shatara Flowers, Student Impact Center resident intern

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A year ago I would have never imagined I’d be in such a place, experiencing life in such...

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UGM Camp: Much More than Fun and Games

Heidi Hash had the chance to give a priceless gift. It wouldn’t cost her money, but it would require a huge investment of time, energy – and faith.

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The Young and the Homeless: Fighting Poverty at its Roots

The numbers are hard to nail down, but they’re sobering any way you look at them. These are the best estimates we could formulate from the numbers we...

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Camp Reflection: Kids Like Us

UGM Camp is over for the summer, but it's worth ruminating on those marvelous eight weeks a little longer. (Unfortunately, the last week of camp was...

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Empowering Youth: Adam

As an intern on the UGM Student Impact Team, Adam has taught, mentored, and led youth at UGM shelters, local high schools, and Juvenile Detention.

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Empowering Youth: Christa

These days, millennials get a bad rap. They’re called lazy, selfish, rude.

But when it comes to the millennials on the UGM Student Impact Team, these...

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Spokane Barista Academy

Turns out, coffee may just empower youth to avoid the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and addiction.

UGM is teaming up with Project Hope and Indaba...

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Lose the Label: Delinquent

By Ryan Brown, Youth Outreach Director

Every Wednesday and Sunday there’s a particular group of young people who gather to hear and discuss the word...

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31 Years and Counting: Helping At-risk Youth

After 31 years of volunteering for UGM at Juvenile Detention, Jerry McGlade still has a heart for helping at-risk youth. He also has a passion for...

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Living As a Mission

I'm having a LOT of thoughts lately. So many in fact, that I'm going to try and write some down. Hopefully others will feel encouraged, assured,...

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UGM Camp: You've got to be ALL-in

Photos by Clare Pursch

My First Week as Camp Director

By Jenny Weddle

Antonio accepted Jesus into his heart on Thursday night.

When he arrived at...

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