Juvenile Justice

Reaching troubled teens in juvenile institutions.

The Juvenile Justice Ministry (JJM) connects trained adults with young people, through institutional, juvenile justice, or social service agency contacts, to help youth make good choices and establish a solid foundation in life. Like every ministry of YFC, JJM seeks to engage these young people wherever they are found, as life-long followers of Jesus Christ.

It is estimated that 25% of our young people today are deemed “at-risk youth,” according to the National Research Council Panel on High-Risk Youth (1995). The National JJM Department has defined "at-risk youth" as a young person who has experienced significant damage and is likely to damage the lives of others. A “significantly damaged life” is defined as the presence of negative influences (or the absence of positive influences) that increase the likelihood of destructive life choices.

Kalamazoo YFC currently works at the following places:

Contact Bill Smith for more information