Reaching troubled teens in juvenile institutions.
The YFC Youth Guidance ministry – through institutional, juvenile justice, 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, Youth Guidance 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.