Timoteo is a year-round flag-football program in North Philadelphia. Timoteo is the Spanish word for Timothy, who was mentored by Saint Paul. Timoteo started in 2003 as a small ministry in a local church. Today Timoteo has blossomed into a mentoring program sponsored by 11 churches, a youth league with 12 teams, 260 youth ages 10 - 18, 50 adult coaches/mentors, an adult league with 8 teams, 150 adults, and a summer camp with 4 teams and 60 youth. Timoteo is more than football as it supports the local community by empowering men to mentor youth through sports, focusing on character growth and spiritual formation. Throughout the year Timoteo impacts lives through retreats, monthly mentor activities, college visits, and personal relationships. Timoteo has helped young men defy the statistics to attend college, find and keep jobs, become coaches, and return to their communities to mentor young men.
The Barrio Youth Initiative is being housed at Esperanza. The initiative will provide grass-roots leadership development training through its various programs including the Esperanza Capacity Institute, and will develop new opportunities. In partnership with Esperanza College BYI has recently been integrated into their faith-based academic program. Together we developed a Christian Ministry Degree program with a concentration in Youth Ministry.
Esperanza College seeks to provide members of the Hispanic and local communities a Christian faith-based education that is affordable and culturally appropriate so that they can continue their contributions to and leadership in their communities and become even more effective. 100% of students at the college receive the Esperanza College Grant worth more than 53% of tuition. 44% of the students are first in their family to attend college. Spanish dominant speaking students are able to start their college credit classes during their first year in Spanish instructed classes and then transition to class instruction English in their third semester.
The DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative (DVULI) is a 15 month, tuition-sponsored intensive leadership development program. They are a national faith-based initiative for urban youth workers in Christian organizations and institutions. Their interest is for youthworkers to remain in the calling to urban youth ministry long-term, and thrive in the process. The recent DVULI graduating class has inspired and impacted 10 youth ministry leaders from various communities in Philadelphia and neighboring Lancaster County.