Stanislaus County Probation reported 707 youths between the ages of 10-17 booked in the hall in 2017. During that same year, YFC witnessed 158 of them accept Christ into their lives.


Learning how to navigate through life on earth is difficult for a young person - especially when that life is without Jesus Christ. He commands us to go and reach out the lost in their world. This includes going into places like juvenile hall, where the youth are sometimes forgotten. By helping a teens in juvenile hall to know about life with God, they are better equipped to walk a path of rehabilitation in their community. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)


Youth for Christ has been given the opportunity to teach Christian principles and values within the walls of the juvenile hall. JJM seeks to engage young people in a relational outreach. This strategy helps young people acquire and develop a way of living taught by Jesus Christ. These valued relationships are sustained through ongoing involvement as they reenter their communities. Our focus is balanced ministry that emphasizes the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional aspects of life.

Currently, JJM is partnered with the Stanislaus County Probation Department to facilitate holistic care to the young people at the detention center. The five-year strategic plan includes growing influence in four surrounding counties including Merced, Tuolumne, and Mariposa. JJM is also focusing on geographical areas of high needs by partnering with local churches and organizations to provide a safe place of learning life skills and building a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are many opportunites to provide support and relationships at Get Involved.

  • Kristal Struble, Juvenile Justice Ministry Director
    (209) 522-9568 ext.117

  • Isaiah Herrera, Juvenile Justice Ministry Stanislaus County Coordinator
    (209) 522-9568 ext.114