We serve youth who are considered “at risk” in Shasta and Tehema counties. Our programs have developed in light of our desire to transform youth through the power of relationship.
At Forward Leap we are convinced the potential for our city is in the hearts of our young people, and that by teaching teens to tell a better story with their lives, we will write a new story for our city.
— Chaplain Jack, Founder of Forward Leap
Each week Forward Leap sends teams to alternative schools throughout the city of Redding to serve and build relationships with students who voluntarily attend. These kids hear testimonies of transformation and are equipped with life skills, social, emotional, and relationship skills. Forward Leap is helping students succeed and is there to remind them of their value and purpose in life.
“These youth are hearing the truth and discovering hope for living life on the outside …”
Forward Leap Chaplains visit our local facilities several times throughout the week to bring God’s light into the lives of incarcerated youth. We currently have two teams, four chaplains twice a week that serve at the Shasta County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center (JRF). We build relationships with these youth, speak into their lives and offer them spiritual mentorship and talk with them about their life goals and decision making.
“I want to know I can make a difference in this world. But how?” -Jenna
Our Youth Connection gatherings provide a great group of friends for teenagers who have come out of the juvenile detention centers and want to go deeper toward living an abundant life. Email us at email@example.com for times and location.
“I needed a group of friends who are on the right path.” – Jess
Through our New Way for Teens Mentoring Program, we pair teens with mentors for 1:1 relationships. These mentoring relationships are designed to divert At-Risk youth and juvenile offenders away from juvenile justice systems, to encourage them to see their potential and provide goals and steps for a better life.
Through our Pathway to Hope Program, we have helped rescue teens from the clutches of addiction.
Through our Leadership Training program, we start developing our future leaders now, before they enter the “real world” as adults. We provide professional academic and business skills.
Forward Leap networks with other organizations throughout our city that share a common purpose in impacting youth who are considered “at risk”.