MEET CARLOS NICASIO

Investing in LEADERSHIP development of youth in

middle school,

high school, and college​

Investing in LEADERSHIP development of youth in

middle school,

high school, and college​

Carlos Nicasio is the Founder of Concrete + Canvas, a nonprofit startup dedicated to leveraging resources to empower change and strengthen urban youth in under-resourced communities. Based in San Diego, California, he serves as a mentor, leader, life coach, and strategic thinker to youth workers and other leaders locally and around the nation.​ Passionate about this generation, driven to share his faith to inspire the young to succeed. He spearheads Concrete + Canvas’s mission to train and equips young leaders to serve the urban poor to transform communities...

 

 

OUR STORY

In 1985, I was a teenager in the midst of an emerging

hip-hop generation. The era’s culture, music, art, fashion, and design was ingrained in me and fueled who I was becoming as a young, entrepreneurially minded man.

 

Quickly, I slipped into a lifestyle of illegal graffiti art, drugs, violence, and crime. My influences were west coast gangster rappers whose lyrics terrorized youth culture and threatened political movements. This threatened my future. For the next 10 years, I lived with no sense of purpose or direction, no desire to become anything, no understanding about life and consequences.

In 1985, I was a teenager in the midst of an emerging hip-hop generation. The era’s culture, music, art, fashion, and design was ingrained in me and fueled who I was becoming as a young, entrepreneurially minded man.

 

Quickly, I slipped into a lifestyle of illegal graffiti art, drugs, violence, and crime. My influences were west coast gangster rappers whose lyrics terrorized youth culture and threatened political movements. This threatened my future. For the next 10 years, I lived with no sense of purpose or direction, no desire to become anything, no understanding about life and consequences.

Investing in LEADERSHIP development of youth in

middle school,

high school, and college​

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Project Love Co-Founder Isabel Molina looks to impact neighborhoods with acts of love in San Diego and around the world.​

​Over the years I’ve met a lot of young people passionate about Jesus and serving others. I’ve had the privilege of having Isabel Molina on our team this summer in Costa Rica. “Izzy” as everyone calls her, whom is only eighteen years old and has many dreams. Among those dreams is to be used by God to touch countless lives through her collaborative project, “Project Love.” Project Love is an outreach movement based out of San Diego, California. Their mission is to give love, spread love, and be love to the community. Project Love exist to bring hope where there is no hope. They want to reach a society that is lacking hope and bring hope through love. Isabel says, “We believe that project love will not only be a San Diego based movement, but will spread to the surrounding nations therefore we are expectant and hopeful that this will go as far as God wants to take it.”Isabel also said, “This trip has definitely allowed God to reveal to us more vision and dreams, and we are excited to bring our willing hearts to God to see what He’s going to do with them. I had an opportunity to sit down with Izzy and talk about what God is doing in her life. Check out the interview….  https://soundcloud.com/carlos-nicasio-527442015/project-love  

The devil can’t hold me back.​

Meet Tanya Morales a fourth-year college student at San Diego State University and a leader at The Few Youth, her youth group at Family Revival Church. I had an opportunity to peak into her life and ask her a few questions about her trip experience in Costa Rica. Carlos: What are some of the challenges you faced in preparing for Costa Rica and how did you overcome those challenges? Tanya: Finances. It feels like such a faithless thing to say, right? But to be honest, that was my first challenge, almost like this lack of faith. From the moment I stepped foot out of Costa Rica last year, I knew I wouldn’t be able to come back because of lack of finances. But GOD. I don’t think I’ve ever seen God’s hand over my life so evidently as in these past months prior to this trip Costa Rica. I didn’t pay one cent. God literally provided everything. And now I’m here. Carlos: Tell us how your experience has been so far in Costa Rica this week? Tanya: I have seen love. I can say I have seen love firsthand. Prior to coming, I knew I wanted to give it all, not some, but all of my love to Costa Rica. All of who I am. All of who God has sculpted me into. Last year I had made the mistake of holding back from some of myself, something as simple as not being as energetic with the kids or doubting what Holy Spirit was speaking to me at youth nights. But this year, man, the devil can’t hold me back now. And I know that I speak for every single person on the team. They have given it their all! It’s amazing to see how God has been using every single person on the team to minister to these kids and to the moms! It’s just been overwhelming. But in a good way. I have seen favor. We have 16 missionaries on the team this year. That in and of itself is a miracle and a blessing. Not only that, but this year we were able to be housed by people in the community. Some are believers. Some aren’t. But yet, they were willing to give us a place to rest. Some might say things got stressful at times because we lost our VBS luggage, but all I saw was God’s hands propelling us to move forward with what we had, which was not much. And yet, these kids still came back, because they also saw love! Not the lost materials. I really am so proud of this team. Carlos: What’s next? Talk about your future. Tanya: I don’t know. I try not to plan much anymore because God has continuously changed my plans since I met Him. Right now, I’m just a college student, studying Foods & Nutrition at SDSU. But I’m also a youth leader for my church along with being a part of a Big Sister/Little Sister program and the secretary for Borderless Love. However, God has given me a love for missions. This year at 3Di, God totally wrecked my idea of what my “calling” was, I never thought I’d be a missionary, but he’s called me and I’m just responding at this point. Like I said, I don’t make plans. I just respond to what He’s calling me to at the moment. Who knows, I may be traveling a lot in the future. Or I may just be called to my own nation. We’ll see.​

​Young Global Leader Nancy Alvarez “Kuna” leading her team in Cot, Cartago Costa Rica.   


In 2014, I met Nancy Alvarez as she walked into our Sunday morning service. I remember seeing Nancy this young skinny, quiet, fragile young lady who seemed very shy. I was overwhelmed immediately by her smile and quiet personality. After meeting her and seeing her on Sundays, I would encourage her to get plugged in to the church’s youth activities. Nancy was shy at first and wasn’t very responsive to my suggestions to get involved.

Eventually she took my advise and started to fellowship and connect with her peers. She grew not only in her faith but in relationships with her peers. Nancy began to serve in the church and was eventually on her first mission trip to Panama. Since her early beginnings she traveled to Mexico, Cuba, and La Sierra Tarahumara.

We are launching Young Global Leader Project with a desire to see young people like Nancy develop a global perspective as they learn to lead. Nancy is leading youth to Jesus everyday whether on a public school or in some Latin American country. I sat down with Nancy in Costa Rica to talk about her role leading her first international trip. Check out the interview ……

DeVos Story​

Carlos Nicasio (2008 Alumni) is the co-founder of Concrete and Canvas, a non-profit startup in San Diego California. He and his team have lead a one-week summer leadership intensive for middle school and high school students who currently lead a motivational Bible club on campus or who are interested in starting a club or joining a club. They have trained hundreds over the last eight years and this summer they trained 125 students who participated in 3D INTERNS program have been equipped this summer alone. Carlos designed this program in 2009 after completing his DeVos experience. The formation and launching of 3D INTERNS eight years ago was highly influenced by Carlos’ experience at DeVos and Fuller Youth Institute. These combined experiences helped him become innovative in his thinking and entrepreneurial approach to ministry. The '3D' stands for the program's main goals: discover, develop, and deploy. The leadership process helps students identify who they are and how God has created them to lead (DISCOVER). It also gives them a solid approach to maturing and developing their newly discovered talents, abilities, or gifts (DEVELOP). Finally the students become ready to impact their schools, neighborhood or a global community (DEPLOY).  3D Interns is developing tracks for social entrepreneur minded students. We are working hard to develop a program that takes students through the idea of social entrepreneurship and helps empower their causes forward. The programs work to intentionally bring a return on their investments. The process of these leadership programs help them identify personal strengths and allows them to relate strengths with career paths by applying those strengths in practical ways. The idea of discovery exposes them to their identity, and the reality of how they are created to be contributors to society and the church. The program provides many platforms for continual development through a vast network of both business and ministry opportunities. Students have full access to coaches and mentors along with resources, support, and continued development through other programs at Concrete and Canvas which is the parent entity of 3D INTERNS. The completion of the program is then celebrated through a mural project that helps students contribute to the transformation that has happened in their lives. The art is a way to leave a footprint on campus or in the community. The murals speak of things that have been redeemed, reconciled, or restored within the context of what injustice might be addressed. Recently, the children painted an image of iconic buildings that reflected the history and culture of their community and they embedded a rainbow that included the core values of the school. This past summer, Concrete and Canvas partnered with Little Lambs pre-school and tech giant Apple to paint a mural drawn by the kids to celebrate the core values of the school and the students leadership experience. These programs have trained and equipped over students since its inception eight years ago from San Diego, Los Angeles, Tijuana Mexico, and Dalton Georgia. For more on 3D INTERNS and Concrete and Canvas visit their websites at 3dinterns.com and concreteandcanvas.org.  ​

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