Youth Impact is a ministry through Grace Bible Church that empowers marginalized youth and children in our community to become godly leaders. Our strategy is simply mentorship - combining the truth and hope of the gospel with sharing our lives.
On Thursdays, college leaders provide a fun, safe environment for the kids – similar to Vacation Bible School or church Youth Group. In addition to this, our volunteers go through an extensive vetting process (background check, references, application, etc). The mentor is required to meet with their mentee once a week for the duration of their involvement in Youth Impact.
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In the spring of 1979, a local businessman noticed that there were children in his community who, for various reasons, were lacking mentorship in their lives. Unable to allow this continue, he quickly and strategically decided to rally young adults in the Bryan-College Station area to spend time with the kids. Two college students faithfully showed the truth and love of Christ to a few small children back then.
They met in a church in Wellborn the first few years, teaching the kids sports, the Scriptures, and life lessons. The kids moved from Wellborn to the Southgate Village Apartments… and the college students followed them. Once this move took place, the ministry took off. This began the ever-present challenge of having too many kids to too few leaders. The ministry was unofficially named Southgate ministry and was incorporated into Grace Bible Church. This continued several years, but the kids rarely stay in one place. So, as kids move around the leaders still tried to find them. Soon, Southgate ministry (later to be called “Mission”) spread its influence from one apartment complex to the entire Bryan-College Station area.
Today, there are 170 college students that are mentoring 250 children and youth in our community. Countless have trusted Christ and are overcoming significant challenges in order to grow in their walks with Him. College campuses around the state have our “kids” in their classroom – many of who are the first in their family to graduate from high school. We have sent 9 of our “kids” overseas to share the gospel of hope with impoverished peoples, and there are another 5 going in the next 2 years.
What I love about the story of how Youth Impact was formed is that one person saw a need and wanted to meet it. He neither waited for someone else to act, nor turned a blind eye. He took the initiative to follow James 1:27, which says that, “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to visit the widows and orphans in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world”
“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us”
1 Thessalonians 2:8