Basketball With A Purpose

$2,451 of $4,300 goal

Raised by 38 people in 46 months
Bob Kuebler
for Youth With A Purpose Inc

Every Thursday night from 7-9 pm, young men from the ages of 18-30 are invited to bring their ball skills, eat some good food, form solid relationships and learn life skills. The gym is located in a neighborhood known for poverty, violence, disease and teen pregnancy.

Collectively, the BWAP Mentors have almost 100 years of mentoring experience between them. We already have a Mentoring Program that involves long-term commitment with a high success rate of keeping guys alive, in school and out of jail. 

The picture above on the upper left shows a "BWAP-9MD" (Basketball With A Purpose - 9 Minute Devotion.) The Rev. Will Coplin shares with a group of young men who put down the basketball for 9 minutes to hear a short, life-changing message that inspires a healthy life direction. After the message, they enjoy a very good meal and then we play ball again.

Our goal is to help young men build their own solutions that will help them overcome poverty and violence as they become leaders and role models for the next generation. 

Our Relationship Mentoring Team shares the responsibilities in empowering these young men in 5 basic areas:

1. Spiritual and Moral Character Building 
2. Continuing Education
3. Jobs For Life 
4.  Community Responsibility
5. Health & Safety

Basketball is only an entry point to the game of life. All of these guys are invited to other events as the relationship building is extended beyond the walls of the gym. The goal is to meet 2-3 times per week. The YWAP Mission is to help city kids build solutions to poverty and violence.

Our current goal of raising $4,800 covers the cost of renting the gym for 6 months and the cost of providing food every Thursday night.

We invite you to stop down for a tour and see relationship building in action. 


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TODAY - a very generous person gave twenty dollars to help YWAP share the generosity of God with young people in Buffalo. There is a verse from chapter twenty in the Bible that comes from a book called Acts. Here is Acts 20:35 "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
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Basketball With A Purpose has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to all of the kind folks who've helped YWAP reach more young people by demonstrating God's love through your giving and your prayers. We've reached 50% of our current goal to help pay the rent for our Thursday evening program at City Reach. In honor of reaching 50% here is Psalm 50:1-5 for your thoughts, The Lord, the only true God, has spoken.
He has summoned the earth
from where the sun rises to where it sets.
God shines from Zion,
the perfection of beauty.
Our God will come and will not remain silent.
A devouring fire is in front of him
and a raging storm around him.
He summons heaven and earth to judge his people:
“Gather around me, my godly people
who have made a pledge to me through sacrifices.” God's Word Translation
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Dear Miguel & Maria,
Your donation of $27 caused me to read Psalm 27 and Proverbs 27 this morning. Here's two verses that stood out:

Psalm 27:10 "Although my father and my mother have abandoned me, Yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child]."

Many of the young people who come to YWAP are from fatherless homes and we adopt them into a kingdom relationship.

Proverbs 27:17 " As iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion]."

We had a God-Occurrence (GO) last week. We've been struggling to get guys to attend our Wed. night Bible Mentoring Program even though they come on Thurs. for basketball regularly. Last week, due to the diligence and persistence of City Reach Staff member Rodney Anger, a large group of young people came on Wed. Starting next week, they have made a commitment to attend Bible Study with a dinner and activity on Friday nights.

It's time to GO in the lives of young people with Kingdom-Confidence!
Thank you for your love.
Jesus loves you and so do we.
"Iron sharpens iron" - #LIFETICKET
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On the street, we pick up pennies because we know that God can use the smallest of things to change the lives of inner-city young men. Today He used a big thing with a big donation from some good friends. Thank you to everyone who supports Youth With A Purpose. You are helping to create a LIFETICKET for young people in Buffalo. #LIFETICKET #JLYASDW
You Are Called To Be Strong & Courageous
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$2,451 of $4,300 goal

Raised by 38 people in 46 months
Created June 3, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
Youth With A Purpose Inc
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Buffalo, NY
EIN: 261628749
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maria Caballero
27 months ago

Bless you both in being a father to these sons

Janine Schuster
28 months ago (Monthly Donation)
maria caballero
29 months ago

James 4:7 "So be subject to God. Resist the devil, standing firm against him, and he will flee from you." We pray each person you touch will receive power from our Father in heaven to fight the enemy, and receive the acceptance and love as a child of God, that they belong to Him. Bless you guys!

Janine Schuster
29 months ago (Monthly Donation)
Miguel and Maria Caballero
30 months ago

The shields of the earth belong to God; He is highly exalted. Psalm 47:9

Janine Schuster
30 months ago (Monthly Donation)
maria caballero
31 months ago

We love you and bless you in ALL you're doing.

Janine Schuster
32 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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