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Causes: Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Children & Youth, Christianity, Crime & Law, Rehabilitation Services for Offenders, Religion, Youth Development

Mission: Youth Direct provides hope to a fatherless generation in crisis by providing trained mentors and volunteers to interact with troubled kids.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Youth Direct for many years. I believe in this ministry so much that I have traveled as far as Houston and Wichita Falls just to be able to minister to youth that are in prison. This ministry is definetely Christ centered and reaching out to a hard to reach group. I will continue to volunteer with Youth Direct. Kevin

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Youth Direct since 2002. My experience with this organization has been excellent. Most of what I have done is in visiting incarcerated youth at juvenile detention centers. I have seen very many positive results in the young people through the actions and efforts of this ministry. I have seen changed lives in a positive way and hope given to young people for their futures where there may not have been hope before. Tommy

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been serving with Youth Direct for many years. What a way to minister to youth and adults - it has been a blessing. This ministry truly sows good seeds and the children hear the "good news" of Christ each time we are in a unit. Naomi

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I have been a donor to Youth Direct since the formation in 2001. Their integrity is outstanding! Don's leadership is excellent and the ministry results speak for themselves. By keeping overhead low, most donations go directly to helping troubled youth.This is the best and most effective ministry I have been associated with. Your dollars are well used with this ministry! Tony Pack

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began serving with Youth Direct about 10 years ago. The experience has been so positive and valuable that I have not been able to stop going out with them on mission. Youth Direct is serving God through investing time with troubled youth. YDM goes into Texas Youth Commission facilities to share the gospel, encourage and counsel young boys and girls. They help them to understand that they are valuable and are loved by God. YDM does this in a very unique way. They recruit born again believers in Christ to use there talents to perform, give testimonies and share how God is working in their lives. The director of YDM Don Smarto has an awesome testimony that really grabs the youth's attention. YDM also recruits Christian volunteers to counsel with the youth after the performance. Anybody that has been born again and knows Jesus can do this if they will surrender to the power of the Holy Spirit. YDM provides the perfect tools for sharing using its own YDM comic tract called "Where are you headed?" My experiences are many and always blessed. I can remember sitting with a young boy sharing with him and how thankful he was that we had come. When we finished talking, he wanted to accept Christ because he said no one ever shared with him in this way. The only thing I can think of that he meant was the TRUTH. YDM counsels the volunteers not to preach to the youth but to relate to them the things of God. That makes a big difference with young people. Our church now partners with YDM through out the year to go into TYC facilities and be God's hands, feet, and mouth. It is such good thing that Youth Direct is doing and that is providing us an opportunity to be of service and help these young people know, don't give up. We care and will help you. YDM director Don Smarto follows up with the youth and goes back to teach and provide seminar to train kids in writing skills. They provide a means where we as volunteers can be pen pals with the kids and prayer partners. This is an awesome ministry and everyone who knows Jesus can help Youth Direct share the truth and the love of God with these kids. Evangelism Servant Dwayne Pipkins - serving with gladness