What is a Youth Development Community?
A FamilyWorks Youth Development Community is a collection of people associated with our Abide and Lions of Judah youth mentoring programs. These include all the registered youth we serve, the parents of those youth, the Mentors and Staff of those programs, the Family Development Team of FamilyWorks, and any other vested people connected to the youth we serve in those groups.
What is the purpose of a Youth Development Community
This community exists to Encourage, Equip, and Empower youth by strengthening each family and person within it to have healthy loving relationships. It’s a community that is intentional about learning and growing into the most resilient families they can be.When youth join one of our mentoring programs the families of those youth are joining that community too. With that in mind the mission of a Youth Development Community is to have all these people work in a collaborative way to proactively equip themselves to enjoy the fruit of a rich healthy family life.
At the core of this type of community not only will you find efforts made to help youth grow and mature, but each person in the community understands that an effective way to help youth is to aim at becoming the best possible version of themselves. In other words, members of this community are asking themselves; how do I become a better man or women?; a better parent?; a better spouse?; a better grandparent? or a better mentor? – Then acting on it!
Lions of Judah – A Mentoring Program for Boys
Lions of Judah is a mentoring program for boys that uses an inter-generational approach to serve boys 10-18 years old. This community of men meet regularly to build positive male relationships with each other for the purpose of aiming toward healthy manhood. Learn more about Lions of Judah
Abide is a mentoring program for girls that uses an inter-generational approach to serve girls 10-18 years old. This community of women meet regularly to build positive female relationships with each other for the purpose of aiming toward healthy womanhood. Learn more about Abide