Our Mission

EMBRACING the at-risk and under resourced youth of our valley, ENGAGING them in safe and healthy activities, ENCOURAGING them through the love of Jesus, and EMPOWERING them through godly positive mentors.


Catch the Vision!

My City Youth Center provides

FREE programs for kids ages 8-18.


HELPING KIDS FROM AGES 8 TO 18 YRS. OLD

WITH THEIR DAY TO DAY STRUGGLES IN LIFE!  

MANY OF THESE KIDS INVOLVED

ARE DEALING WITH SITUATIONS LIKE:

  • LIVING WITHIN THE POVERTY LEVEL.  

  • A LACK OF EMPLOYMENT WITHIN THEIR HOME.

  • ROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS.

  • A LACK OF THINGS TO DO IN OUR COMMUNITY.

  • THE ABSENCE OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT.

  • VIOLENCE AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY.

  • NEGATIVE SOCIAL BEHAVIORS.

  • THE LACK OF SECURITY IN THEIR FAMILY.

  • SEEKING PROTECTION FROM THE STREETS.

  • THE PROBABILITY OF FALLING INTO THE HANDS OF A GANG.

  • NEGATIVE ROLE MODELS.

  • STRUGGLING WITH DEPRESSION.

  • SELF INJURY (CUTTING).

  • PORNOGRAPHY ON THE INTERNET.

  • USING ILLEGAL DRUGS.  

 

Common Risk Factors of the High-risk youth:

  1. Distressed family system
  2. Abuse and neglect
  3. Violence in community
  4. abusing drugs and alcohol
  5. Behind or struggling in school
  6. Struggling with depression or other mental illness
  7. Easy access to weapons
  8. Toxic media influence
  9. Being male
  10. Being 15-17 years old

Safty nets for at risk kids:

  1. Family
  2. School
  3. Community
  4. Social services
  5. Juvenile Justice
  6. Dept. of Corrections
 

When a father is missing from the home:

  1. Authority issues
  2. Deep-seated anger
  3. Sense of identity
  4. Personal restraint

When a mother is missing from the home:

  1. Issues of attachment
  2. Stunted communication
  3. Self-regulation of emotions
 

1,000,000 Children Arrested

500,000 Locked Up

1,400 Detention Facilities

Only 20% Hear the Gospel


My City Youth Center is a much needed part of this community. These kids can use your positive influence in their lives!