Miami Youth for Christ History
Miami Youth for Christ works together with other like-minded partners to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact the world around them. We are committed to empowering the children, youth, and families of our community by providing faith-based services that enhance their emotional, spiritual, physical, and educational well-being through our educational and outreach programs.
Since 1948, Miami YFC has had a distinctive history of youth outreach in Miami-Dade County. The YFC organization was incorporated in 1945 and the Miami chapter was incorporated three years later with the mission of positively impacting young people everywhere by working together with the local community.
Miami Youth for Christ (Miami YFC) provides free educational and outreach programs that are inclusive and accessible to all children and youth throughout Miami-Dade County. Through its programs, Miami YFC seeks to provide an environment for positive youth development, thereby enabling these students to reach their full potential in life. There are five programs under the umbrella of Miami YFC: MYLI (Miami Youth Leadership Initiative), Campus Life, Catalyst Hip-Hop, Juvenile Justice Outreach, and City Life KIX.
In total, Miami YFC offers 35 programs per week at 12 different sites throughout Miami-Dade County, serving over 2,000 students per year.
Miami YFC programs effectively engage children and youth of all ages and all social, religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
Miami Youth for Christ exists to help young people develop a relationship with Jesus and reach their God-given potential.
Miami YFC is committed to empowering the children, youth, and families of our community by providing faith-based services that enhance their emotional, spiritual, physical, and educational well-being through our educational and outreach programs.
MIAMI YOUTH FOR CHRIST
- Runs 38 programs weekly at 19 ministry sites
- Serves nearly 5,000 youth annually
- Partners with 52 churches and organizations
- Trains 170 church youth leaders in outreach
- Mobilizes 48 staff and 150 volunteers
- Need $2.4 million annually
MIAMI-DADE FACTS AND STATS
- 254,000 youth in Miami, ages 11-19
- 40% of Miami's youth are living in a single parent home
- Miami-Dade County is the 4th largest school district, with 64 high schools and 50 middle schools
- Single greatest challenge for teenagers is lack of positive adult involvement in their lives
VISION FOR 2021-2025
We will raise up an army of adults to invest in Miami's youth that will:
- Establish programs for probation youth in Liberty City and South Miami
- Provide mentors for all probation youth
- Establish Campus Life Clubs on 25 campuses
- Start 3 new City Life KIX Clubs
- Purchase Hip-Hop Youth Center
- Resource 100 church youth leaders