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Miami Youth Leadership Initiative

MYLI is a 2-year training and support program offered by Miami YFC, in partnership with The Urban Training Network. The program is designed to introduce a model of youth ministry that focuses on the effective evangelism, discipleship and empowerment of young people.

MYLI Director, Tommy Carrington, brings 25 years of youth ministry experience to the initiative. He earned his M.A. in Counseling/Psychology from Trinity International University, and D. Min. specializing in “Ministry in Complex Urban Settings,” from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity International University and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Dr. Tommy Carrington personally teaches and empowers youth ministers from our local churches to carefully share the gospel in a lasting way.


Participants attend bi-weekly two-hour sessions for 4 semesters (10 months).

Topics include:

  • Making Youth Ministry relevant without compromise
  • Developing a dynamic leadership team
  • Discipling students toward leadership
  • Penetrating youth culture with the Gospel
  • Strategic Programming: designing youth group meetings that attract unchurched kids, as well as take  Christian students to the next level
  • Shattering the stereotype that Christianity/Church is boring
  • Communicating for life change with teenagers
  • Participants create a Ministry Action Plan (MAP), submit monthly ministry reports in order to gauge how they are doing in the ministry, and are mentored by the MYLI program Director to aid in the implementation of the model.


MYLI increases the effectiveness of youth leaders in the church, equipping them to reach more youth for Christ. By training under-resourced youth leaders to effectively reach, not only the students in their youth group, but to go beyond the walls of their church to reach youth in their communities and local schools, we are able to reach more youth in our city with the Gospel. Miami Youth for Christ believes the church is vital for reaching Miami’s youth. MYLI will strengthen the local church’s outreach to young people and assist in the task of discipling them in their faith.


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MYLI Documents


Interested candidates may apply for the MYLI program using the online application, or download a printable form here and return it by mail.


MYLI applicants may access the couse list by clicking here.

Contact the YFC office for meeting days and locations.