‘We Are Making a Difference; We Don’t Just Hope for Success; We Expect It.’
March 8, 2021
HOUSTON, Tex. — A recent study conducted by Mentor shows that “more than one in three young people – an estimated 16 million – never had an adult mentor of any kind (structured or naturally occurring) while growing up.”
The report, The Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring, also pointed to the “reality that mentoring relationships have powerful effects which provide young people with positive and complementary benefits in a variety of personal, academic and professional factors.”
Enter Jonathan Frost, executive director forYouth For Christ Houston (YFC, www.yfc.net), who has been working with juvenile detention facilities in the area, to help develop ongoing mentoring relationships for the youth in the YFC program.
“At YFC Houston, we’ve seen the difference that mentoring makes with the teens in our programs,” said Frost. “We’ve had kids make leaps and strides in school and in their home life. We are making a difference; we don’t just hope for success. We expect it.”
Frost explains that YFC Houston’s mentoring strategy with teens currently makes strides in non-recidivism, improved grades, and better behavior. They aspire to begin partnering with businesses to create a network where the teens can be introduced to various genres of business. “We will try to arrange that the kids participate in a shadowing experience or an internship, or maybe even a first job. If we can find those business leaders who have a heart for kids who are coming out of facilities, it is amazing for everyone involved. These teens just need someone to walk alongside them; they have such potential – they just haven’t experienced the opportunity yet. We are always looking for those kinds of partners around the community.”
YFC haschapters impacting thousands of communities across the nation that seek out and serve youth from all walks of life. Many teens are silently struggling through a variety of challenging issues—and now they see the living power of a loving God.
Youth For Christ staff and volunteers are encouraged by the YFC 3Story® concept, which is based on the belief that kids will be reached for Christ when met at their point of need—and as workers connect their stories with Jesus’s story. The ministry efforts of Youth For Christ are changing lives, one young person at a time.
Youth For Christ encourages staff and volunteers to be good news while also sharing the stories of the Good News of Jesus. It involves building relationships through the ups and downs of everyday life in order to lead people to Christ. For more information, visit yfc.net.
Youth For Christ has been a pillar of missional ministry since 1944, when the Rev. Billy Graham served as YFC’s first full-time staff member. Since then, Youth For Christ has continued to be both a rural and urban ministry on mission, and it is always about the message of Jesus. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement. Youth For Christ operates in over 100 nations and has more than 160 chapters that impact communities across America.
To learn more about what Youth For Christ is doing in Texas, visit www.yfc.net/texas
To interview a Youth For Christ representative, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.