On any given day in the US there are over 500,000 teens actively incarcerated in local detention centers. The sad fact is that, for many of these young people, the detention center is the only place they feel safe, have reliable meals, are sober, or are not facing constant verbal abuse. It is also a place of deep despair for many, and a place where they have the time to think about their lives with a clear mind and an open heart. It is during this time that they are most open to hearing the transformational message of Jesus. JJM gives believers around the country effective tools to pursue the thousands of young people

experiencing the challenges of incarceration, abandonment, addictions, and abuse in institutions and programs all over the United States.

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Every kid is wired for relationship. Whether they are outgoing and loud or quiet and reserved, they want deep relationships with people who care about them. We believe this is a God-given desire, true of every kid, and we want to be those caring individuals who engage them in relationship. Every program, every interaction, is designed to build a relationship and to start conversation. Through those conversations we earn the right to speak into the lives of the youth we meet with the hope and saving grace of Jesus Christ.


We strive to respond to the needs of incarcerated youth with relational programs that encourage conversation and build capacity for success in kids. Since every kid is unique and their situations are all different, we reach teens in a variety of youth-serving institutions (i.e. detention centers, probation, correctional facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers, emergency shelters, etc.) Our strategy is to help young people develop a way of living taught by Jesus Christ; balancing the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of life. We build valued relationships that are sustained through ongoing involvement as they re-enter their communities.