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A Conference for Northern California Churches

Itonya Conner


Our Youth Matter, Inc.

Oakland, CA


OUR YOUTH MATTER, INC.(OYM) "Changing How to Reach Today’s Teens"

OYM is a non-profit designed to equip youth leaders with the tools they need to produce vibrant and youth relevant programs, provide youth with leadership skills and educate all OUR YOUTH MATTER!

Our Youth Matter (OYM) was established in 2008, to demonstrate love to our youth and equip youth leaders with the tools they need to produce vibrant and youth relevant programs.

Due to the growing issue of violence, low self-esteem and poor academics among our youth, OYM took on the role as youth advocates because we believe our youth’s voice should be heard and research indicates that time with parents and other forms of parents' involvement in a child's life is crucial to positive development for children and adolescence.

OYM wants to challenge the church to rethink how they do youth ministry in order to reach the youth spiritually, emotionally, socially and academically.

We believe you can not reach the youth with the same old tactics. New and out of the box approaches has to be made in order to encourage, empower and save our youth to produce Leaders of Today!

2016 Workshop

Evangelism & Outreach: Events to Impact Your Community


Our Youth Matter, Inc. has done several events to impact our community. Over the last 8 years we have held Vacation Bible School in the Park. We have supplied the community with backpacks, school supplies, hygiene kits, books and food bags. We served hot meals with our Thanksgiving in the Park event. We have given out Christian theme Easter baskets at a neighborhood Easter egg hunt. We have blessed families with toys at Christmas through our annual Toy Drive. We have offered youth the opportunity to attend Professional Sporting events. Each of these events were held outside of the church where we were able to bless many people having a positive impact on our community. Join us for this workshop to explore how YOU can reach out to make a positive impact on YOUR community.

Workshop Handouts: Event Planner Reference (doc)· Event Recap Reference (pdf)

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