JJM Stories From The Inside
Juvenile Justice Ministry (JJM)
JJM engages young people as they are met in a variety of youth 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.
Locked up, But Not Locked out of God's Love
Many of the teenagers we meet face adverse situations such as relational trauma, racial trauma, community violence, and lack of access to basic needs. It is during these moments of crisis that our leaders invest in reciprocal trusted relationships with our young people, who are facing pivotal life challenges. We ultimately build relationships with young people to introduce them to Christ and uncover God’s story of Hope in their lives. These young people are locked up, but not locked out of God's Love.
“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” Matthew 25:35-36
Young people in the juvenile justice system are often overlooked. It’s our passion to make them know that are seen, heard, loved, and valued. JJM leaders aim to be a steady voice and presence in their lives, intentionally postured as humble and authentic mentors. Our Ultimate Goal is to engage with young people in Authentic Christ Sharing Relationships, mentoring, and after-care which can Reduce Recidivism.
We pursue thousands of young people in the United States justice system each year, coming alongside them in a variety of juvenile justice settings (i.e. detention centers, probation, correctional facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers, emergency shelters, courts, and diversion).
The stories of these young people are heartbreaking but inspirational of what Authentic Christ Sharing Relationships can have in the lives of Teens in the middle of life's troubles. For more, listen to some of those stories on our National JJM Podcast.