Breaking the Cycle

In the Memphis-area alone, 300 to 400 youth are taken to Juvenile Court multiple times every year. In response to this overwhelming problem, JIFF (Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up) was formed in 2003 to break the cycle through Christ-centered invention. JIFF places 12-18 year olds who have been in Juvenile Court three or more times in a life changing 16-week program.

The program consists of mentoring, culinary training, career readiness and GED training. JIFF also began a Juvenile Court Evening Reporting Center where young teens receive programming five nights a week on making wise choices.

“Making a difference in the lives of JIFF youth boils down to demonstrating the love of Christ, and along the way on this journey you will find that you need them, as much as they need you,” said Richard Graham, Executive Director of JIFF.

JIFF served over 120 youth this year and with a mere 38% increase in budget, could serve 300 next year. JIFF strives to rescue youth from a life of crime, but even more, point them to the solution–Jesus Christ. To financially support JIFF please visit their website.