The mission of Juvenile Justice Ministry

Breaking the cycle of repeat offenses and despair for youth in the 21st Century and beyond – with focused intervention and reintegration into Allen County communities through the love, hope, freedom, restoration and power of Jesus Christ. The Juvenile Justice Ministry works with at-risk young people that are often outside the scope and reach of mainstream ministry.

Whether at the Primetime Community Center, in the neighborhood of the juvenile detention facility, or at the local emergency youth shelter, YFC believes in the power of connecting these hurting young people with caring Christian adults. With over 10 years of experience in both the Allen County Juvenile Center and Youth Services Center, YFC staff and volunteers show God's love and hope to institutionalized youth through chapel services, Bible studies, counseling, long term follow-up and social skills instruction.

We’re training volunteers to invest in young lives through one-on-one mentoring, strategically transitioning both boys and girls out of the detention center.

  • We have one full-time staff and a great volunteer team working at Allen County Juvenile Center. 
  • Providing mentors for youth once they have left these facilities
  • Weekly programming for students, offering opportunities for students to make better choices

If you want more information, or are interested in volunteering, please contact Joe Wright at

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