What would you do if you learned the family living one street over from you, practically in your backyard, put their children to bed hungry every night?
Did you know that the effects of poverty reach far beyond the checking account and that those in poverty often suffer from depression, uncontrollable anger, low or no self-worth, feelings of being forgotten or unimportant, and an overwhelming sense that nothing can ever truly change their circumstances?
At Young America Ministries, our mission is to stop the cycle of poverty in children and families by sharing the love of Jesus in practical ways. Our vision is to see communities where children and families thrive through a personal relationship with Christ and fellowship within the local church.
Deuteronomy 6 says that we are to train our children to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. That begins by showing them they are loved by Him!
The cycle of poverty, crime and abuse is a cycle that requires more than just "Get a job" statements. It requires complete healing and freedom that can only be found in the One who came to set the captives free, to bind up their wounds, and restore their homes.
Who we are
In 2004, Young America Ministries began ministering to children in Northwest Georgia who were living in poverty. Over the years, God has expanded our outreach to include discipleship programs for teens and adults as well. We are committed to sharing the hope and love of Jesus, who brings forever heart and life change, to the families we encounter. For over 12 years, Young America Ministries has been consistently sharing the love of Jesus with families living in poverty - by building positive relationships, holding weekly Bible clubs, Bible studies and teen nights. We work with youth living in trailer parks, hotels, apartment complexes and inner-city projects. We are committed to stopping the cycle of poverty, crime, abuse and neglect in the lives of children living in our "own backyards."
a glance into our daily programs
what we do
Kid's Bible Club -Monday 5-7PM
Kid’s Bible Club for ages 3-11 meets each Monday from 5-7:00pm. Our attendance has risen in the last two years from forty to sixty children weekly, due to on-going relationships and our commitment to following the children when they relocate, as they are very transient. During the first hour, we provide a safe environment for kids to play inside (crafts, video games, board games, coloring) or outside (playground, basketball court, other field games). During the second hour, we have a special upbeat worship time and a Bible lesson followed by small group question/answer times. We are currently using the Gospel Project Curriculum. We provide a full meal before sending the children home with snack-packs to get them through the week. Volunteers to provide a meal for sixty children each week are needed.