UYE Team

The UYE team helps urban youth reach their full potential. We provide our youth with the tools and resources they need to pursue their dreams, and we can help them gain the wisdom and knowledge to reach their goals. We also provide them with the courage and strength to take risks and make changes in their life. We can help them find balance in life and help them develop a positive attitude. We can help them discover and use their gifts and talents, and we can assist our kids to become a better version of themselves.
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Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

Our team at Urban Youth Excel is comprised of dedicated individuals who are passionate about serving our community in a meaningful way.

Our leadership team is comprised of experienced and knowledgeable individuals who are committed to leading our organization in a way that honors God. Our leadership team consists of community collaborators and an executive pastor. They are supported by a board of directors. Together, they are committed to helping our non-profit reach its vision of helping every urban youth have the opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ and follow Him. We strive to be a community of believers who are passionate about serving and loving one another.

Our leadership team is committed to creating a culture of acceptance, respect, and service that reflects the teachings of Jesus Christ. They are dedicated to helping our youth grow in their faith and to providing a safe and nurturing environment for everyone who walks through our doors. If you have any questions about our team or leadership, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to our family.

Anthony Hall

Anthony Hall

Community Collaborator


Anthony Hall started his life off on the Southside of Chicago, a place of chaos, violence, and cultural beauty.
Through living half his life in this diverse and challenging environment he grew into a true agent of change. He is notorious for pushing past boundaries and chasing after his passion for others and God. Through his boldness, tenacity, attentiveness and his strong sense of faith, Anthony is the epitome of servant leadership by example. His unconventional way of thinking has unlocked his full potential and created a unique path. God has directed him down many paths allowing him to walk in the several callings placed on his life. With over 25+ years of collaborative experience, Anthony has obtained a bachelor’s degree in women studies, along with earning his LPN License, Anthony has been born to help and meet people at where they are in life and then helping them in whatever way he can to reach their full potential. Coaching sports, nursing, inspirational speaking, leading community groups, mentoring and encouraging young people, men striving to grow, blended families and church families to be all they strive to be is just a few hats he wears.

Dawit Kebede

Dawit Kebede

Community Collaborator

Dawit Kebede was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Being the son of two refugee parents from Ethiopia, life presented various challenges. Dawit was the middle child growing up and was self-professedly the “black sheep” of his family. Having persistent challenges in junior high and transferring to three different high schools before graduating, Jesus got a hold of his heart immediately after graduation. Upon entering college, he began the process of growing with Jesus, serving the local church, and overcoming various hurdles, both socially and academically. Dawit graduated from Arizona state university in 2014. During his years at ASU, he served in youth ministry at his local church. He leads various activities, camps, and church-wide events during his tenure at his home church. In 2016 he enrolled at Phoenix Seminary. While studying at Phoenix Seminary, he began working with Young Life, a youth ministry geared toward serving high school students. Now, Dawit continues to serve inner-city youth with Young Life and high school ministry at his church. Additionally, he has begun graduate studies at Fuller Seminary and hopes to continue in ministry with inner-city students and communities.

Ken Kortman - Chairman

Ken Kortman - Chairman

President & CEO, Kortman, Inc.

Michael Tope - Treasurer

Michael Tope - Treasurer

Founder, Creative Business Resources

Bob Barbee - President

Bob Barbee - President

Freeway Ford, Denver

Phyllis Barbee - Corp Secretary

Phyllis Barbee - Corp Secretary

Freeway Ford, Denver

Andre Wadsworth - CFO & Pastor

Andre Wadsworth - CFO & Pastor

Impact Church, Scottsdale

Jay Budzien - Senior Manager

Jay Budzien - Senior Manager

Banking and Insurance

JoAnna Peebles - Board Member

JoAnna Peebles - Board Member