A 21-year youth ministry veteran, Amy Williams follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole and those lost in the criminal justice system – at the core of which life-on-life mentoring is her key strategy. As a certified Gang Intervention Specialist, she heard God’s call to move into a Latino gang neighborhood in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community to be a “Hope Dealer” doing street outreach and walking life with young people on her block. Amy has pursued her calling as a Youth Pastor, Reentry Coordinator for paroled youth, Youth Mentor and Advocate. She has been involved in youth ministry at the local church level, with Urban Young Life and as the former co-founder of Community IMPACT and the Christian Basketball Academy. She has been published in various magazines and projects including Crossway Publishing’s Urban Devotional Bible and is currently working on her first book. Amy is also very passionate and deeply engaged in "Ending Mass Incarceration" and "Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline" national movements. She is a steering committee member for the Christian Community Development Association Mass Incarceration Task Force and the 6,000 to Life national campaign to support returning citizens. She teaches and trains churches and ministries (and youth) across the country about these issues and challenge churches to engage in their responsibility to the prisoner and returning citizen. Amy is blessed to speak and train for many national ministries including: Youth Specialties National Team Trainer, a national CCDA Trainer, Urban Youth Workers Institute trainer, DeVos Urban Leadership alumni and trainer, and North Park University Center for Youth Ministries Studies (CYMS) Advisory Board Member. Amy mentors other leaders across the country sharing her passion to reach as many youth with the message of HOPE through Jesus Christ. She is changing the ‘hood one kid at a time!