Urban Hope: Raising a Generation of Heroes

Building Bridges in Durham, North Carolina.

Urban Hope is raising up generations of young heroes – who are beating the odds by the grace of God – through creating safe places in our neighborhood to grow together into wholeness.

Urban Hope is a year-round inner city initiative of The Navigators, focused on bridging spiritual and economic resources to youth and families in the Walltown neighborhood in Durham, North Carolina. Our desire is to empower Walltown youth by developing their God-given potential through academics, sports, life skills, discipleship, and financial literacy while maintaining a foundation centered in Christ. Navigator, Bahari Harris is Urban Hope’s Executive Director.

One of the guiding philosophies of the Urban Hope ministry is “Productive People”. The ministry team wants to see neighborhoods filled with productive citizens. They are teaching youth to care about their community and their neighbors. They are being trained to incorporate the values of faith, hope and love in all that they do. The name "Urban Hope" was inspired by the book of Jeremiah (29:11) which focuses on God bringing hope to a people living in despair. Urban Hope wants to bring hope to a generation of young people that many have given up on. The ministry continues to expand and Bahari is excited to see God’s hand on making a permanent difference in the lives of under-privileged urban youth and their families.


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