Juvenile Justice Ministry

What is Juvenile Justice Ministry (JJM)?

JJM seeks to engage young people in relational outreach as they are met in a variety of youth-serving institutions (detention centers, probation, correctional facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers and emergency shelters). This strategy helps young people acquire and develop a way of living taught by Jesus Christ, balancing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of life. These valued relationships are sustained through ongoing involvement as they reenter their communities.

Why JJM?

On any given day in the U.S., there are over 500,000 teens actively incarcerated in local detention centers. The sad fact is that for many of these young people, the detention center is the only place they feel safe, have reliable meals, are sober, or are not facing constant verbal abuse. It is also a place of deep despair for many, and a place where they have the time to think about their lives with a clear mind and an open heart. It is during this time that they are most open to hearing the transformational message of Jesus. JJM gives believers around the country effective tools to pursue the thousands of young people experiencing the challenges of incarceration, abandonment, addictions, and abuse in institutions and programs all over the United States.

HOW DOES JJM IMPACT KIDS?

Every kid is wired for relationship. Whether they are outgoing and loud or quiet and reserved, they want deep relationships with people who care about them. We believe this is a God-given desire, true of every kid, and we want to be those caring individuals who engage them in relationship. Every program, every interaction, is designed to build a relationship and to start conversation. Through those conversations we earn the right to speak into the lives of the youth we meet with the hope and saving grace of Jesus Christ.

History of JJM

YFC began as a national youth movement in the 1940’s with our first staff member being Billy Graham. JJM, formerly known as Youth Guidance, was established in the 1960’s as a core strategy in reaching at-risk and juveniles in institutions.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Juvenile Justice Ministry Director, Alison Guy or MMYFC Executive Director Stephen Kaiss.

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We are currently serving at Charles H. Hickey Jr. School and The Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center.