About this Hope Dealer…

Loving God, Loving People


AMY L. WILLIAMS, a 17 year youth ministry veteran, follows her call to minister to male teens involved in gangs, on probation/parole and those in the juvenile justice system – at the core of which mentoring is her key strategy. In addition, she heard God’s call to move into a Latin King neighborhood in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community to be a “Hope Dealer” doing street outreach. Amy has pursued her calling as a Youth Pastor, Reentry Coordinator for paroled youth and Mentor trainer/coordinator. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Ministry at Bakke Graduate University with a focus on urban youth and gang culture. A Devos Urban Leadership alumni, Amy trains and mentors other leaders across the country sharing her passion to reach as many youth with the message of HOPE through Jesus Christ.


Some of her favorite quotes/words of advice:

  • Kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care!
  • “Well behaved women seldom make history.” ~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  • Outreach isn’t an event…its a lifestyle. Outreach requires a holistic approach, not a one time “touch.”
  • “The problem with many young people who get in trouble or join gangs is a lethal absence of hope.  If someone can’t imagine a future for himself, then his present isn’t compelling. If his present doesn’t compel him, then he doesn’t care if he inflicts harm on others or ducks to get out of the way.” ~Father Boyle
  • “You can’t SCARE a kid straight. You have to CARE a kid straight!” ~Father Boyle
  1. Tanya says:

    It’s about time we have a place of hope, a place where we can come and learn from you, unapologetically, authentically, and with your brand and blend of truth, humor, and unending compassion….

  2. Nina says:

    A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”

    Bob Proctor
    Author, Speaker and Success Coach

    Keep up the GREAT work and continue to touch the lives of these young people!! You are truly a BLESSING…..Love Ya!

  3. Reggie Rorie says:

    Wow!!!! Powerful Amy!!! We need more people like you!!! The youth of Chicago are fortunate to have you!!! Peace be with you and to the youth!!!

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