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REVIVE exists to help urban youth encounter Jesus, build healthy friendships, and connect with godly mentors. Each week, we share a meal, play games, and study God's Word.

For grades 6–8.



Spring 2024 Schedule

Tuesdays, 4:30–7:00pm @ Hope Academy

  • December 12 — Winter Break, no REVIVE
  • January 16 — REVIVE resumes
  • January 30 — no REVIVE
  • March 26 & April 2 — Spring Break, no REVIVE
  • April 30 — no REVIVE
  • May 14 — REVIVE Last Night, cookout @ Schmidt's house
  • June 10 — Junior High Day Camp Begins

Ministry Vision

The Problem

Many of the youth in our city are spiritually lost, while also facing complex problems such as fatherlessness, poverty, and childhood trauma. Generational cycles of brokenness and dysfunction keep them from any kind of positive vision for their future. Tragically, many of these youth are also alone—they have few (if any) healthy adult role models walking with them through these challenges.

The Solution

Jesus came to bring good news to the poor and brokenhearted. He gives beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, praise for a faint spirit. More than that, Jesus works through His rescued ones to restore what sin has devastated for many generations! (see Isa. 61:1–4)

We believe that Jesus is still doing this work today as His Spirit-empowered followers make disciples. Because of this, our goal is to help followers of Jesus join Him in this work of making disciples through long-term, life-on-life mentoring relationships.

Our Approach

We run after-school programming at Hope Academy in order to create a safe context for these relationships to develop. Whether it's sharing a meal or playing games or studying God's Word, our desire is for youth to connect with a godly mentor who will walk through life with them for the long haul.

Following Jesus is not easy. We want to not only tell youth about Jesus, we want to share life with them as we model for them what it means to be true disciples.

Gospel Partnerships

REVIVE is a partnership of various followers of Jesus working together to reach the youth of our city because we believe that we can accomplish more together than separate. We work with like-minded local churches, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions, with each playing various roles: sending volunteers; supporting financially; and/or providing coaching, training, and oversight.

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Frank Schmidt

REVIVE Director

Frank is happily married to Alyssa and is the proud father of three sons—Judah, Ezra, and Elijah. Frank and his family live in the Phillips Neighborhood. Together, they have been working with youth in Minneapolis for over 12 years. In addition to leading REVIVE, he also serves as an elder of Jubilee Community Church. Frank & Alyssa raise full-time support for their role with REVIVE through City Joy.

Elise Webster

REVIVE Mentor Coach

Elise began serving with us during the Spring of 2022. Elise deeply loves Jesus and longs to see youth transformed by His love. At REVIVE, she provides ongoing training and coaching for our female volunteers. In addition to serving with REVIVE, she also works for Life-on-Life Mentoring

Selah Anderson

REVIVE Program Coordinator Intern

Selah lives in South Minneapolis with her husband Noah and is in her third year of serving with REVIVE. As an intern, she is helping to facilitate excellent, God-centered programming for our young ladies as well as continuing to invest in her mentees.

Tony Dominguez

REVIVE Program Coordinator Intern

Tony grew up in South Minneapolis and started following Jesus while attending high school at Hope Academy. He has served with REVIVE since Fall 2019. As an intern, Tony is helping lead programming for our young guys while also mentoring several youth.

Join Us

If you are a follower of Jesus with a heart to invest in urban youth, you can serve at one of three levels:

Program Volunteer

Commit to serve at REVIVE weekly for one-year, seeking to have fun and get to know youth.

Life-on-Life Mentor

Commit to serve weekly at REVIVE and consistently spend time with mentee outside of program time. We will provide ongoing coaching and support for you.

Mentor Coach

Mature believers with experience discipling urban youth who commit to walking alongside other mentors

Take the first step by filling out the volunteer application below!

Volunteer Application

Support Us

REVIVE is funded by generous ministry partners. If the Lord is leading you to partner with us financially, you may do so below. Under fund, please select "Revive.”

Your gift will help us continue bringing the good news of Jesus to urban youth and equipping followers of Jesus to walk alongside them through life-on-life relationships.

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