Who We Are


Youth Uplift Ministry (Y.U.M.) is a non-profit organization called to uplift the youth of Kankakee County. 

Through our work as one of the few solely youth-focused organizations, we promote drug and alcohol abuse prevention, advocate for nonviolent conflict resolution, including gang violence and gun violence prevention, and assist youth to excel in academics. 

Meet the Founder

Pete L. Martin founded Youth Uplift Ministry (YUM), a 501c3 nonprofit, in 1999 with the goal of providing mentoring and support to at-risk youth in Kankakee County.

Born and raised in the projects of Chicago, Pete uses his experience in nonviolent conflict resolution, substance abuse treatment, and youth and family issues to mentor and encourage at-risk youth to stay in school, stay off of the streets, and to stay off of drugs. 



520 N. Fairmont Ave

Kankakee, IL 60901

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