JJM seeks to engage young people in relational outreach as they are met in a variety of youth-serving institutions (detention centers, probation, correctional facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers and emergency shelters). Even though our first contact is in a variety of institutions, we are committed to long-term relationships that last long even after the teen has left the facility. Our focus is balanced ministry that emphasizes the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional aspects of life.
Currently JJM Chicago serves 4 ministry sites with the potential of reaching 1,000 kids on a weekly basis. Our broad base of kids ranges from metropolitan Chicago to the greater Chicago area.
Cook County Boot
Average Population: 50
Ministries: Bible Study, Life Skills, & Prayer
Days: Tuesdays & Wednesdays
*We have been a ministry in the Cook County Boot Camp for around 15+ years.
Cook County Juvenile Detention Center
Average Population: 500
Ministries: Bible Study & Prayer
Center St. Charles
Average Population: 350
Ministries: 1-1 Bible Studies & Mentoring
Days: Wednesdays & Thursdays
Partnerships: Wayside Cross Prison Ministry & A Roof Over Your Head Ministries.
Illinois Youth Center Warrenville
Average Population: 70
Ministries: Group Bible Studies
Partnership: At this site, we are currently partnering Wheaton College and its students to represent the mission at YFC
With the Great Commission, Jesus commands us to go and reach the lost in their world. Jesus also speaks in Matthew about ministry to “the least of these” and we believe that the youth involved in systems are part of that focus. We know that the Father will equip those He calls to this ministry, and believe that He calls all types of people to this ministry. There are a variety of ways to partner with JJM.
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Do you have a passion for un-churched youth? To learn how you can volunteer with JJM, contact Derek Polansky at firstname.lastname@example.org.