Juvenile Justice Ministries
Children's Home Youth Farm and Juvenile Detention Center
Youth For Christ Juvenile Justice Ministry
Through institutional or social service agency contacts - connects trained adults with young people to help them make good choices and establish a solid foundation in life. Like every ministry of YFC, Juvenile Justice 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 Youth Guidance Department has defined an at-risk young person 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. A group of dedicated ministry leaders lead weekly group times on three of the five units of the Children's Home located at the Youth Farm campus. An hour of activity, Bible lesson, and prayer are enjoyed by the Youth Farm teens. More leaders are being sought to establish group times for every unit. In addition, a group of dedicated ministry leaders lead a weekly group at the Juvenile Detention Center, Peoria County.