Christ Before You Urban Ministry (CBY) was officially founded on December 31, 2014, as 501(3c) nonprofit corporation, but CBY's ministry work started in March of 2012 in a neighborhood in Santa Ana, California. CBY desires to impact “at-risk” children living in lower income neighborhoods of Orange County, California.
Rob was moved to start working with children in their neighborhoods after realizing a need while volunteering with Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries in Orange County Juvenile Hall. For many "at-risk" children there aren’t a lot of safe and healthy activities available within walking distance of their homes; and if there are, they can be obstructed by rival gang territories. Rob's vision is to set up locations were youth can participate in weekly activities with dedicated adults that can be positive role models.
Since 2012, CBY has provided weekly art, mentoring, and Bible study on South Evergreen St. in Santa Ana, CA. The Saturday program is well known on the street with regular attendance ranging from fifteen to twenty-five elementary to high school children.
As the children became teenagers, they began asking for an activity geared toward their age. In November 2015, CBY partnered with Orange County Teen Challenge attending TC's Friday night God's Gang outreach. At God's Gang, teenagers participate in positive activities with one another and adult leaders. Incorporated into the two-hour outreach is a time of worship, Bible study, and small group discussion. CBY teens are also invited to participate in Teen Challenge's annual winter camp.
In addition to the weekly activities CBY takes children on activities outside their neighborhoods. These field trips have proven to be a great way to build relationships with the children and to learn what is really happening in their lives. Our approach is to be involved in the children's lives so that we can have a positive impact on them and to help guide their life choices.
Our primary objective is to establish personal relationships with each child so that we can help meet their emotional and spiritual needs. We believe the best way to do this is through consistent on-going contact. As is the case with any effective faith-based youth organization there must be a balance between fun, educational and faith-building activities. We hope that our activities will improve safety and health for the neighborhoods we minister in.
If you have any questions about our operation please contact us.