Juvenile Justice

Why JJM?

There are 140 youth at the Iowa Boys state school at any given time. Approximately 400 youth will pass through Woodbury County Juvenile Detention this year. 30 to 40 youth are living at The Boys and Girls Home of Iowa and another 30 at Jackson Recovery. We visit youth in 4 public alternative class rooms weekly. We oversee a first offenders program for Iowa  Juvenile Courts called Choices. We have an ongoing relationship with the Crittenton Shelter. We have the potential of carrying the life changing message of Jesus Christ to over 700 youth in a given year by partnering with these local organizations.

How does JJM impact kids?

Every single kid is wired for relationship. Whether they are outgoing and loud or quiet and reserved, they want deep relationships with people who care about them. We believe this is a God-given desire, true of every kid, and we want to be those caring individuals who engage them in that relationship. Every program, every interaction, is designed to build a relationship and to start conversation. Through those conversations we earn the right to speak into the lives of the youth we meet with the hope and saving grace of Jesus Christ.

What is JJM?

We partner with local organizations that work with high at-risk youth. We go into their world and sit with them in alternative class rooms, Shelters, detention facilities and residential facilities. We are also working with Iowa Juvenile Courts. While always carrying the message of Jesus Christ we also teach a values based curriculum.

 

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JJM focuses heavily upon relational evangelism. We teach and model “3Story.” 3Story® is a way of life that guides followers of Christ to BE good news while telling stories of THE good news. It is natural, friendly, and freeing – as you abide in Christ, His love flows through you to others as you journey together.

What are JJM's Focal Points?

  • Balanced Programming: Using outreach, bible study, small group programming, and personal mentoring to meet the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs in a young person’s life.
  • Frequent Connection: Entering into a youth’s world to build healthy relationships and model Christ-like behavior on a frequent and ongoing basis.
  • One-on-One Contacts: Meeting individually with a young person to provide personal attention and focus on specific needs.
  • Aftercare: Creating systems and structure for sustained relationships to help teens successfully re-enter their communities.

For more information contact:

Jason Jackson, JJM/AfterCare Director

Email: jason@siouxlandyfc.org