It all started in 2019, when an outreach opportunity led to a ministry that fundamentally changed my life and calling. My name is Jason, and I'm just a normal guy with a mission to empower young people for positive change. I want to make a difference in my small town of Sanford, North Carolina, and pray it resonates with every other community in our nation.
The need arose through a ministry partner at a local Pregnancy Outreach Center—a place that intercedes for families seeking abortion. Me and another male volunteer agreed to speak on ethics and boundary setting to over 150 boys at nearby middle school. With a semi-prepared lesson plan and no formal teaching experience, I began to speak and something incredible happened: they listened. What followed over the next few weeks opened my eyes to the realities these young men face each day in our communities. By the time our course had ended, I knew something more had to be done and soon.
In response to these challenges in our culture, ReachingYouth.org was established in 2020 as a mentoring program that empowers young men to become all they can be in life. With more than 25% of young males living with no father in the home, and 1 in 6 admit to suffering abuse*, the time to act for their good is now.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
Isaiah 6:8, ESV
*1in6.org; "The Changing Profile of Unmarried Parents" Pew Research Center. (2017).