Since 1993, Bay Area Urban Project, sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, has been bringing college students to urban cities in the Bay Area to witness and partner in the Lord's sacred work among the urban poor. Over the course of six weeks, students live, learn, and work in the city of Oakland. In addition to 100 hours of service learning with local grassroots agencies, students participate in intensive weekly seminars/training - learning, praying, analyzing, and influencing systems (education, immigration, criminal justice, human trafficking, socio-ecology) through our Christian lens.  Students are equipped to engage the brokenness of the systems on a personal, interpersonal, and systemic level.  Our prayer is to raise up agents of shalom, committed to a constant journey towards wholeness that requires persistent efforts at personal, societal, and structural level.
  Our Vision

  • Mutual Conversion as a Paradigm for Witness - opportunities for all parties to experience major paradigm shift
  • Prayerful Activism as a Paradigm for Seeking Justice - marriage of intercession/lamentation and social activism
  • Prophetic Presence as a Paradigm for Urban Ministry - prophetic posture of being, learning and speaking shalom in partnership with communities in the city

    Click here and here to get a taste of the project.

         BayUP interns participating in National Day Against Border Militarization