Juvenile Justice Ministry

Imagine being 16 years old, committing a crime, and going to live in juvenile detention. You anticipate your release, knowing what awaits you: the same friends, family, and life that got you into jail. How can you forge a new path for your life?

We are in Jackson County and Wyandotte County Juvenile Detention Centers four times a week offering chapel services, small group Bible studies, one on one counseling, and life skills classes to detained youth. Volunteers are committed to weekly involvement with youth at the detention centers, group homes, and alternative schools. Our volunteers also work with the Probation Department to mentor youth upon their release back into the community. YFC has been working with high-risk youth for more than seven years in Kansas City.

For more information contact our City Director, Alex Mathew.

WHAT IS JJM?

JJM is an effective ministry to reach teens in a variety of youth-serving institutions (i.e. detention centers, probation, correctional facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers, emergency shelters, etc.) Our strategy is to help young people develop a way of living taught by Jesus Christ; balancing the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of life. We build valued relationships that are sustained through ongoing involvement as they re-enter their communities.

WHAT ARE JJM’S FOCAL POINTS?

CHAPLAINCY

Regular visitation; sharing the gospel in group settings

FACILITY PROGRAMMING

Positive group activities like arts, music, sports, etc.

LIFE SKILLS COUNSELING 

Trained staff listen, advise and teach character building like skills

AFTER CARE MENTORING

One-on-one mentoring with a young person after they're released and re-enter their community