Campaign for One Million Kids

Campaign for One Million Kids

The preeminent goal of Youth For Christ USA is to engage one million lost 11–19 year olds each year in authentic, Christ-sharing relationships with YFC leaders. 

 

Over 20 million US teenagers, ages 11-19, are estimated to be “lost”—without hope in Christ. Less than 5 million of those teens connect to any Christian leader through a Kingdom-oriented ministry. More than any generation before, American teens are in crisis.

  • 1.3 Million teens arrested each year
  • 64% of teens have used prescription pain killers received from others
  • 73% of teens have engages in psychic or witchcraft activity
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens
  • 50% of High School seniors have abused alcohol
  • Almost 50% of High School seniors have abused a drug of some kind
  • 70% percent of teens have had sex by the age of 19, resulting in:
    • 750,000 teen pregnancies occurring each year (82% are unintended)
    • 30% of teen pregnancies ending in abortion
    • 50% of teen moms never graduate from High School
  • $5.7 Billion dollars is spent every year on juvenile corrections in this country – more than it would cost to give each incarcerated teen an Ivy League education

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only real solution to the problem we see across our world, as highlighted in these statistics. Many social approaches have been applied to the problems of incarceration, pregnancy, drugs, alcohol, etc. among teenagers – most with good intention, but they fall short of the real, lasting change necessary to make a meaningful impact.

Three objectives make a significant impact against the issues that plague young people today – restored communities, strengthened relationships and empowered youth. These are strategies rooted in the Bible. Gospel principles applied to the challenges facing youth today makes an eternal impact, including a reduction in recidivism by 55% when young people are paired with the stability of a loving adult mentor.

Youth For Christ is committed to healing our communities, valuing young people, and pursuing healthy relationships by making Christ’s love and the gospel message visible in the lives of youth across the United States.

We are often asked the question, what makes YFC unique? One of our clear distinctives is the deep love we share for youth who find themselves on the fringe of society and in the shadows of our communities. Incarcerated, deaf, pregnant, addicted, self-destructive, and isolated—these are our kids. And more importantly, we believe they are kids that God cares about deeply.

One million… that’s our number. We want to see YFC positioned to engage one million overlooked, ignored, and lost youth every year in authentic Christ-sharing relationships— youth who wouldn’t otherwise hear about the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. To reach one million kids a year with this powerful message, we must overcome one key limitation: resources in the way of time, talent, and treasure.

The Campaign for One Million Kids is a collaborative effort to raise the resources required to put YFC on a path toward this goal. YFC currently walks in relationship with just over 59,000 youth. The path to one million is aggressive, but also necessary. It’s lofty, but also urgent. For us, it begins in our community, through our ministry. We are part of the one million!

 

The Campaign for One Million Kids goal is straightforward:

Raise $45M by December 31, 2019 to position YFC on a path to see 1,000,000 lost kids every year connected in authentic Christ-sharing relationships with loving Christian leaders. Our local efforts directly contribute towards this collaborative national goal.

 

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