What is Juvenile Justice?
National Mission: Youth for Christ's Juvenile Justice Ministry seeks to engage young people as they are met in a variety of youth-serving institutions (detention centers, probation, correctional facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers and emergency shelters). These valued relationships are sustained through ongoing involvement as they reenter their communities.
What does that look like in Lincoln?
As many as 800 students pass through the Lancaster Youth Services Center each year. In 2010 65% of those students returned to a school in which we already have an established Campus Life Program. In 2011 the Youth for Christ Lincoln Area board and staff began to explore a ministry that enters the YSC facility to engage these kids in relationships.
Our hope is to meet these students in a time of significant need and develop a long-term relationship with them when they return to school.
Archery in the Detention Center
Lincoln YFC, Nebraska Game and Parks, and Lancaster Youth Service Center is piloting an archery program in the detention center. This program utilizes the NASP archery program to help detained students develop mentoring relationships, teach them a lifelong skill, and connect them to extra-curricular activities when they return to their home school.
JJM is a nationally resourced program from YFC USA.