Our mission is to see Jesus Christ transform the lives of juvenile offenders. More than three million children and youth are arrested each year in the United States. Countless others are impacted, especially family and friends. We believe that this time of crisis can become the first step towards a new life.
We’re committed to the journey. Transformation usually doesn’t happen overnight. Most often it’s a step-by-step journey, filled with challenges and obstacles that provide opportunities to strengthen faith and develop character.
Straight Ahead Ministries walks with juvenile offenders through every step of this journey. We begin in lock-up, offering opportunities for kids to hear and respond to the Gospel and discover new ways of thinking and living. We continue through reentry, providing structure and support to help them through the critical transition into their communities and develop
Bible Discussion Groups
Each week in 14 states across America, volunteers trained by Straight Ahead Ministries staff hold more than 350 weekly Bible discussion groups in locked juvenile facilities.
Promise Discussion Groups
PROMISE discussion groups are based on Straight Ahead’s Living a Life of PROMISE curriculum, which coordinates the biblical principles of traditional 12-Step programs and Christian character development.
Ready4Life Character Development Trainings
Ready4Life is an innovative, 3-day leadership and character development curriculum held in Worcester Aftercare Program
Bridging the Gap From Lock-Up to Independence Our Worcester Aftercare Program supports youth in transition from juvenile justice facilities to the local community. The program provides mentoring, educational opportunities, job readiness training, home visits and family support for youth.
Worcester Aftercare works in collaboration with a wide network of educational, community and faith-based organizations.