The story of a changed life in the Juvenile Justice system.


The vision of Juvenile Justice is to see troubled youth made new through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, being formed into disciple-makers through the intentional, consistent investment of caring members of local church bodies.  JJM seeks to engage young people as they are met in a variety of youth-serving institutions (detention centers, probation, correctional facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers and emergency shelters).  These valued relationships are sustained through ongoing involvement as they reenter their communities.

The Facts

  • Approximately 10% of youth between the ages of 10 and 17 are arrested each year in Colorado.
  • 10,685 young people were incarcerated in Colorado last year.
  • 63.3% of incarcerated youth have had at least 1 previous incarceration.
  • Incarcerated youth are ethnically diverse: 42% Caucasian, 38% Hispanic, 16% African American, 3% other and 23% are Female.
  • Over 900 youth accept Christ each year thanks to the dedicated ministry of 100+ volunteers and staff - and numerous partners.

The Opportunity

When youth are arrested, they often reach one of the lowest points in their lives. Being removed from their normal influences creates an openness to change that often does not exist on the outside. Denver Area YFC's Juvenile Justice program is uniquely positioned to reach troubled youth in that we have access to all state facilities in Denver as chaplains to these young people.

The Need

The only way for an incarcerated youth to truly turn from their life of crime, is through the power and grace of God.

Denver Area YFC Juvenile Justice Ministries creates effective outreach, discipleship, and aftercare programs that forge relationships with youth inside the correctional facilities and continue those relationships as these youth transition back into their communities. Working together with churches, adult volunteers and like minded partners, DAYFC coordinates church services, Bible studies, and special programs, equips mentors and trains volunteers in order to bring the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ to incarcerated and previously incarcerated youth. See a list of our programs by facility.

How Can You Make a Difference?