Jubilee Youth Center
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”
– 1 Corinthians 11:1
The Jubilee Youth Center exists to honor God by helping youth grow in their love for Jesus through Christ-like mentorship.
WHAT IS The Jubilee Youth Center?
The Jubilee Youth Center is a biblically-based, church-operated mentorship program that takes place in an after-school setting. Our aim is to care for the whole child, with fun games and nutritious meals, engaging Bible lessons, memory verses, praise songs, and a time for homework help.
The main core of the Jubilee Youth Center is mentorship, getting on each kid’s “turf.” Our youth receive one on one attention from mentors who care about them and who are committed to seeing them follow Jesus.
“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 19:13–14)
From September through May, the Jubilee Youth Center meets in the basement of Jubilee Community Church at the following times:
- Jubilee Kids – Ministry for K-5th Graders: Wednesdays from 6-8pm (more info here)
- Jubilee JV – Ministry for 6-8th Graders: Mondays from 6-8:30pm (more info here)
- Jubilee High – Ministry for 9-12th Graders: Mondays from 6-8:30pm (more info here)
Here are some of our core commitments:
1. Focusing on At-Risk Youth
The Jubilee Youth Center values children because God values children. We also see children as a unique bridge to build relationships with families. Therefore, we seek to invite families into the Jubilee Youth Center who desire their own children to grow in their love for Jesus, as well as have a heart to reach out to other kids and families who do not know Jesus.
South Minneapolis is filled with children who do not have a father in the home. This often wreaks havoc in the life of youth. Just consider:
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
- 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (Source: Center for Disease Control)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)
- 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes (Source: Rainbows for all Gods Children.)
- 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept 1988)
- 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992)
We believe God calls us to imitate him in being a father to those who have none: “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” (Psa. 68:5) Therefore, we make it our aim at JYC to be very intentional to reach out to those who come from at-risk homes.
2. Partnering with Parents
The Jubilee Youth Center highly honors the role of parents as the primary disciplers of their children (Ephesians 6:4). Therefore, our desire is not for parents to abdicate their responsibility to us, but to give children the opportunity to build relationships with other believers in the body of Christ and benefit from their Spirit-given gifts. “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)
3. Teaching the Bible in Understandable and Engaging Ways
The Jubilee Youth Center helps youth love the Word of God by teaching it in a way that engages their minds and hearts. Mentors help them focus on application and heart transformation as they walk through life side-by-side.
“Go therefore and make disciples…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20).
4. Christ-like Mentoring
The Jubilee Youth Center believes Christianity is not only taught, but caught. As Eric Mason says, “A disciple is a learner, but not in the academic setting of a schoolroom, rather the work site of a craftsman.” Therefore, we give a high priority to mentorship relationships that complement a child’s spiritual relationship with his or her parents, or help fill the void for children lacking one or both parents. Often the faith of others in the body of Christ can further confirm for children what they have been taught by their parents.
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9)
5. Shepherding the Heart
As we address behavior at the Jubilee Youth Center, we make it our aim to remember how we change. Mere behavior modification is fruitless from an eternal perspective. Therefore, we make it our aim to address matters of the heart: “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:21–23)
Any kind of training takes time, even more so the training of behaviors overflowing from sinful hearts. Since youth are by nature foolish, we aim to help train them in wise behavior and encourage them to turn away from evil. We aim to make sure they understand how they are to act; as well as lead them to see their sinful hearts, ask God for forgiveness and pray for the Holy Spirit’s help to change both their hearts and their actions.
6. Serving the Whole Person
The Kingdom of God expands with both words and deeds. The deeds authenticate the message. We see this in the life of Jesus. “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.” (Matthew 9:35).
Therefore, our goal at the Jubilee Youth Center is to love each child holistically and give at-risk children a solid foundation from which they can build a fruitful future. This means each child is ministered to spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially (Luke 10:27).
As a church-operated program, a long-term commitment can be made to the children, and the entire family — parents, guardians, siblings, and neighbors — can be enfolded into the local body of Christ.
Child Protection Policy:
We take the safety of the children in our care very seriously. You can read our Child Protection Policy here.
- There are many ways to serve through the Jubilee Youth Center, including mentoring, food preparation, transportation, and prayer. Read more about these opportunities →
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