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“They may be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
-Isaiah 61:3

What is Urban Impact?

Urban Impact

Urban Impact

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At the heart of the Urban Impact Initiative is a deep-rooted commitment inspired by Isaiah 61. Our purpose is to proclaim God's good news through providing opportunities for youth to thrive and grow into the people God created them to be. More importantly, our dedication lies in rebuilding and rejuvenating what has been shattered, particularly in the lives of the children and communities we are privileged to serve. As Isaiah 61:3 beautifully states, we envision them growing as "oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."

Urban Impact is more than a program—it's a family. A family that nurtures children and youth into becoming the very leaders of the neighborhoods they call home. In achieving this, collaboration is key. We have forged strong alliances with schools, churches, businesses, local governments, and fellow non-profit/community agencies. It is this spirit of unity, driven by a shared passion for uplifting the youth and families, that paves the way for communities where they not only survive but thrive. Lexington Leadership Foundation is steadfast in its belief of citywide transformation. Through the Urban Impact Initiative, we empower urban children, youth, and families to GROW, SUCCEED, and LEAD. It's a journey towards creating a lasting, positive change, turning visions into reality and neighborhoods into hubs of prosperity.

Our Strategic Approach

We use an asset based approach to build confidence and self-esteem in youth.

We Empower Youth Through


After school programs for elementary and middle school students to improve reading comprehension, math, self-esteem, and confidence. 


Summer Camps

Theme-based camps to develop leadership, build confidence, and encourage personal growth.



Group mentoring through the avenue of shared interests. Think: drama, cooking, music and even aerial silks.



Leadership development, skill building and enrichment activities for middle school students.

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Presented by the MAP Foundation. A place for youth and families in Woodhill to call their own, feel safe, find hope and become family. 



Leadership development opportunities for high school and college-aged leaders with a passion for youth, urban ministry, arts, academics and/or athletics.


A youth violence prevention program to guide middle and high schoolers through addressing trauma and equipping them with skills to thrive.


A bi-weekly market of locally sourced produce so all families can access the healthy food they need to thrive. 

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Sports Leagues

Teaching life lessons and developing leaders through the avenue of athletics to increase active lifestyles, provide opportunity and promote health (coming soon). 


"Urban Impact fostered leadership in my life. I listened to every word Marcus shared during family nights.He told us leadership was about putting God first, that we had to give Him all we've got, body, mind, and spirit." - Jackson

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Office: (859) 277-3087

 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 54642 Lexington, KY 40555

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Woodhill Community Center: 422 Codell Dr. Lexington, KY 40509

Center for Fathers & Families: 436 Georgetown St. Lexington, KY 40508

The Prayer Room: 1218 S Broadway Lexington, KY 40504

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