SUPPORT OUR MISSION Beautification of Wilmington Planting Trees and Flowers.

Build the future of Wilmington by providing educational program opportunities, promoting a strong educational and technological pathways to port careers and empowering the entire community to advocate for a higher standard of living. United Wilmington Youth Foundation (UWYF) is for everyone who wants to make life better for children in Wilmington.


EMPOWERING VISION Empowering the next generation, one life at a time.

Whether you are in middle school, high school or college; whatever your interests or abilities; no matter who you hang out with — UWYF welcomes you! If you’re a parent or simply an adult who cares about kids in your community, UWYF welcomes your involvement. Want to get involved with United Wilmington Youth Foundation but don’t know where to start?


Tech Training in the Harbor Now

United Wilmington Youth Foundation

New Green Jobs

Code For the Future STEM HEAT LAB





                                         Scholarship Awards Banning High School Students June 4, 2019



                          Community Engagement Promoting Voter Registration and Political Empowerment

Elena Ochoa and Jose Hernandez USA Astronauts Promoting STEM Programs and Art Wilmington Middle School 

 Our History   United Wilmington Youth Foundation also known as UWYF, was founded in 1992 in response to the escalating gang tension with the objective to restore peace and create alternative programs.  UWYF was an important movement that needed to evolve in order to create a cease fire between rival Wilmington gangs; the East and West side following years of violence that had plagued the city. Today, United Wilmington Youth Foundation is an established 501 ©3 non-profit organization that works with existing partners to foster, build and encourage a more united community. The organization’s Motto “Commitment to Progress and Unity in our Community” is committed to the future of Wilmington and the youth through its guiding pillars; Cultural Awareness, Education, and Youth Empowerment. UWYF is a non profit organization centralized in Wilmington, CA. Robert A. Trani, a lifelong Wilmington resident and the Founder of UWYF realized that he needed to do something to end the violence between the East Side and West Side of Wilmington.  His Vision was to unite the community and hence, UWYF was born.  Robert’s dedication to serve the youth was fueled by his own personal experiences and decisions that he made as a youth and his engagement with the gang life.  After being sentenced and serving years in state and federal prison, Robert’s vision and passion to break the cycle of violence in his hometown community led him to partner with personal contacts, local city officials and local businesses to create a safe environment for the youth and the entire community. The goal for UWYF is to create programming and opportunities for the youth of Wilmington.  We welcome the residents of Wilmington to join us at our events as well as appreciate volunteers to assist us in making sure we have fun and successful events, activities and workshops.


Who We Are

  • 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization centralized in Wilmington, CA
  • Funded by donations
  • Created and managed by lifelong Wilmington resident for Wilmington residents
  • We serve our community

Our Philosophy

Our main goal is to guide and inspire our youth in the community to making good choices as they navigate their youth and into adulthood. Our dedicated board members serve as a support system, as needed to ensure that the youth pursue student and personal development, leadership skills, motivation, invest in building self-esteem and promote cultural identity. United Wilmington Youth Foundation is grateful for the continued support from community business partners and personal donors that have contributed financial support in the past. Thank you for stopping by and for your “Commitment to Progress and Unity in our Community!”



United Wilmington Youth Foundation would like to congratulate the three scholarship recipients for the 2017-2018 UWYF La Maravilla Essay Contest!

Congratulations Theresa Hernandez, Damian Sanchez and Wendy Melendez!  We wish you the best in your future adventures and in pursuing your college careers!  Bien hecho!!