Transform the individual, transform the town
Are a team of people who come to be transformed into Gods likeness and through that transform others. People who are passionate about revealing God to others through creativity, Christ centred relationships and exploring discipleship for this new generation.
People who encourage each other, work with each other and offer their bodies as living sacrifices to God. Who go on to work with the disheartened, disadvantaged, unloved and lost young people of Yeovil and beyond to reveal God and the wholeness of life he planned for them.
Urban Warriors is an organisation set up by people with passion
We are passionate about social justice, social inclusion, social responsibility, and social grace. We are not prepared to stand back while people are disadvantaged, downtrodden, disaffected, disinterested and disconnected.
We are people who are passionate about people and about God. We are people who are prepared to go against the flow, people who will not conform to social stereotyping, people who will fight against apathy and ignorance.
People who put faith into action
Urban warriors started out in 2004 as a gap year project aimed at training gap year students in youth work and schools work and engaging them in youth work across the town. It has since then grown and developed and has become a programme, which not only attracts gap year students but also people who are prepared to commit to 2, 3 and 4 years of volunteering and training to bring hope and restoration to the youth and children of Yeovil.
We aim to meet practical, spiritual, emotional and physical needs in the community and inspire this generation to become a generation of change, hope and love.
We are keen to provide teenagers with positive role models who encourage them, listen to them, and support them. We aim to provide a link between school and social life, giving students opportunities to express themselves, discuss issues that affect them, be creative, have fun and relax. We do this by working in schools alongside the pastoral and behavioural departments and providing mentoring, small group work, one on one work and classroom support. We also provide special focus days, breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs, and assemblies.
This is all supported by out of school involvement including youth groups, camps and holidays, events, dance, rock and pop academy, media training, football clubs and detached work.
Why we do it
We do it because we care. We do it because our faith compels us to. We see a generation let down badly by their parents generation. We see a generation bombarded with media stimulation giving them mixed messages in their thousands. We see a generation under ever increasing pressure to succeed, yet with an ever decreasing grasp of what success is. We see a generation with more rights than ever but with less protection than ever. A generation with so much choice they can’t choose, with so much freedom they can’t move. We see a generation scarred by rapidly increasing levels of drug abuse, self harm, depression, suicide, sexual activity, sexual disease, unwanted pregnancies, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental abuse, physical abuse, eating disorders, self image issues, alcohol abuse, bullying and violence.
But behind it all we see a generation of hope. A generation of unbridled talent, a generation that cares, a generation that will not give up. We see a generation that has no interest in political games or religious denominations, but rather a generation that is waking up to integrity and truth. A generation that is passionate about justice. A generation that sees beyond the label. A generation that wants to change things.
And that is why we do it. Because we believe that with a little help, this generation can rebuild the crumbling society it inherited. We believe that this generation can make better choices than their parents did. We believe that this generation can be a defining generation in history.
We have a passion to see regeneration for this generation.