JUBILEE YOUTH CENTER
"The average expected experience of childhood now includes living in the absence of one’s natural father."1 This includes a staggering 72% of African American and 53% of Latino children being born out of wedlock. Moreover, the number of Caucasian children born out of wedlock has grown by 300% since 1975.2
Consider the devastating impact of fatherlessness:
- Fatherless children are 4x more likely to live in poverty and 2x more likely to end up in jail.
- 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
- 71% of teen moms come from fatherless homes
- 90% of teens in gangs come from fatherless homes3
The need is urgent within the inner-cities of America. Brokenness abounds in many forms—fatherlessness, poverty, crime, poor quality education, spiritual lostness. And far too many young men and women in our neighborhood have no one to walk with them through these challenges.
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2 Grip Outreach for Youth, "The Problem of Fatherlessness 2016"
3 Statistics taken from Grip Outreach for Youth, "Fatherlessness in 2018"
Jesus brings good news to the poor and brokenhearted. He pardons iniquity, frees captives, comforts mourners, and provides for those who grieve. He gives beauty instead of ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of a faint spirit. He gives new life, new hope, a new future. Jesus then works through His rescued ones to rebuild, restore, and renew what sin has devastated for many generations (see Isaiah 61:1–4). We believe that Jesus is still doing this work today as His Spirit-empowered followers make disciples.
Our goal is to help followers of Jesus disciple urban youth through life-on-life relationships. Because of this, we run several programs that provide a context for these relationships to develop:
Jubilee Kids is a program for elementary students to share a meal, play fun games, and learn God's Word in the context of loving, Christ-centered relationships with adult believers. For grades 1–5.
Revive is a youth mentoring program that provides a safe place for middle-school students to hang out, share a meal, play games, and hear from God's Word. For grades 6–8.
Leaders in Training is a leadership development program for youth who want to grow as servant leaders. These emerging leaders serve at Jubilee Kids or Revive. For grades 10–12.
Learn more about our ministry philosophy here.
We take the safety of the children in our care very seriously. Learn more by reading our Child Protection Policy.
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