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About YCI

"Together We Will..!"

Our Mission

Youth Challenge International is a world-wide organization for the glory of God, realization of human potential and the fulfillment of human need, promoting outreach and fellowship facilitating positive transformation of individuals, families and communities.

Youth Challenge International promotes outreach to individuals and communities experiencing adverse effects of substance use, as well as economic and other disparities. Youth Challenge International exists to foster individual, family and community transformation. Youth Challenge International provides interaction, assistance, counsel and encouragement among Youth Challenge programs, outreaches and educational facilities, staff and volunteers in meeting the needs of persons in recovery and their families, providing service and training opportunities, program planting and development, and promoting faith based best practices, professional standards and communication.  

Our Mission

Our Vision

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:17-18 (NIV)

YCI Team

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Raul Gonzalez, Founder

Youth Challenge International Founder, Raul Gonzalez, after years of heroin addiction, experienced recovery from substance use, family reunification, and a call to help others. He often said, "There is a treasure in the addict."

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Paul Echtenkamp, President

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"Together We Will..!

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Rev. Esther Gonzalez-Torres

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Rev. Ruben Acosta, Esq.

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"Together We Will..!

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Rev. Guillermina Gonzalez

Rev. Vanessa Rodriguez-Cruz

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