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 we are to train our children to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. That begins by showing them that God loves them!
The cycle of poverty, crime, and abuse is a cycle that requires more than "Get a job" statements. It requires complete healing and freedom only found in the One who came to set the captives free, 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. We are committed to sharing the hope and love of Jesus, who brings heart and life change forever, to the families we encounter. For over 14 years, Young America Ministries has consistently shared 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 Weekly
Kids Bible Club
Mondays 4:00-5:30 PM
Our Kids' Bible Club is an excellent place for kids ages 3-11 to learn about Jesus and grow in their faith. We meet each Monday from 4:00-5:30 pm, providing a safe environment for the kids to play and learn. We have a special worship time and Bible lesson, followed by small group question/answer times. We also provide a full meal before sending the kids home with snack packs to help with hunger throughout the week. If you're interested in volunteering or providing a meal, please get in touch with us.
Teen Night Bible Study
Tuesdays 5:00-7:30 PM
Our Teen Night Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 5:00-7:30 PM for ages 12-19. Our teens have a great time each week, with some hanging out inside playing video games and visiting with friends while outside there are usually some intense basketball games. We provide a full meal for our teens each week, and then enjoy an upbeat time of worship and learning from God's word. We also have small groups for deeper discipleship. Throughout the year we provide various opportunities for our teens to participate in service projects in their local community and leadership development camps with mission projects in surrounding states. We also offer one-on-one school tutoring, job interview etiquette, and basic life skills as needed. We need volunteers to provide a meal each week. If you are interested in helping out, please contact us to learn more. We look forward to seeing you at our next Teen Night Bible Study!
what we Believe
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal punishment.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.