The Urban Methodist Youth Camp (UMYC) was established in the winter of 2008 by Rev. Dr. Charles Boayue, Pastor Carter Grimmett, Rev. Dr. Darryl Totty, Ms. Audrey Mangum, & Mr. Cliff Stallings. The purpose of the UMYC was to serve the spiritual, educational, social, and recreational needs of urban youth within the Detroit Renaissance District of the Detroit Annual Conference – (today known as the Greater Detroit District, Michigan Area Conference). It was designed to evangelize youth who are not yet aware of God’s saving grace and to reinforce Christian values in youth. This was an annual, one-week overnight camping ministry each summer since 2009. In the spring of 2015, the UMYC planning committee met to finalize a plan to expand the one-week ministry to a year-long ministry called the United Methodist Urban Youth Alliance (UMUYA). On Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, the UMYC planning committee met to endorse the newly formed UMUYA.