It’s 8:30 pm and we pull in to drop off Damion, one of our JIFF youth who lives blocks from our building. We notice he lingers, taking his time to go inside. He pretends like he is going inside, but in actuality, every day, Damion waits until all the lights go off inside his apartment because that’s when he feels safe to enter. Often that didn’t take place until well after 1:00am in the morning.
Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up (JIFF) 501c3 opens our doors every day of the week, to pour into the lives of Memphis youth, just like Damion, who are referred to us after committing a crime.
When Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court refers youth ages 10-18 to us, we are often their last chance before being held in a juvenile jail, which research shows further puts them at risk for continuing down the path of criminal activity.
So, who are these youth?
· 95% are living in single parent homes
· 95% are living in poverty
· Average number of years behind in school: 4
· Average number of arrests: 3
· 98% have suffered multiple forms of trauma
When we engage with our youth, we quickly realize, they are children…children who have faced unimaginable challenges and trauma. Children who have made poor choices and decisions that have harmed others and themselves. Our work brings life to the phrase, “hurt people, hurt people.”
They come to us broken.
They come to us with little to no goals.
They come to us often trapped in drugs and gangs that, for most, is generational.
Enter JIFF and YOU!
Enter HOPE, LIGHT, OPPORTUNITY, and SIGNIFICANCE.
JIFF provides four programs to our city’s highest risk and most marginalized youth. Against all odds, we have a proven track record to reduce youths’ continued involvement in crime (called recidivism). We are honored to be one of juvenile court’s most trusted partners, awakening some of the most challenged youth in our city. We invite you to watch our short video featuring Jhukuruin who was living a life of gangs and crime that resulted in him coming to JIFF. After years of discipleship, Jhukuruin went from a life of crime to now serving with the Memphis police department where he fights crime.
Our mission is to break the destructive cycle of juvenile crime through Christ-centered interventions and our vision is to see youth like Jhukuruin and Damion flourish, free from a life of crime.
The pandemic has been extremely difficult on our world – especially those living in poverty, crime infested neighborhoods. Many non-profits are struggling to keep their doors open at a time when we are most desperately needed.
When difficult times come, our society’s most generous always rise to help meet the need.
JIFF has a goal to raise $500,000 through this GoFundMe Campaign to make up much needed funding that was lost because of the pandemic.
You can join with us by making a donation to help us make sure youth like Damion feel safe entering their home.
No investment is too small.
Collectively we can pool our resources to reach our goal, $5 at a time and 1 youth at a time.
If you are unable to become one of our partners in bringing HOPE, LIGHT, OPPORTUNITY, and SIGNIFICANCE to these youth, PLEASE…Share, Share, Share. This simple click expands our reach into new networks and literally enlarges our territory.
We will not stop until every last one of them is afforded a Renewed Chance at LIFE.
Thank you for investing in impacted lives and Thank you for Sharing our need.