The Youth For Christ organization in Huntington County (YFC) recently kicked off its 2012 year - and Roger Vezeau, chief ministry officer for Huntington County, says there are a lot of things to be excited about.
"For starters, we have added new staff," Vezeau states. "In previous years, we tried to get everything done with volunteers, but the program has expanded so much that it was no longer feasible to do that."
New to the staff are Liz Adams and Nate Hasty, who oversee the high school and middle school ministries, respectively.
"We are a Christian organization that is focused on reaching out to kids in our community," Vezeau states. "This year's mission is ‘Pursuing and Impacting Youth Everywhere.'"
Vezeau adds that in anticipation of this year's theme, YFC has two new programs in the works, which will be rolled out later this year.
"The first program is called Teen Parents," he says. "We are still exploring what exactly that would look like and how to provide the program effectively, because we know that teen pregnancy is an issue that needs to be addressed."
He adds that there is a possibility that staff will be added on a full time, part time or volunteer basis to facilitate the program.
"Our other new program is Juvenile Justice Ministries," states Vezeau. "This is where we partner at-risk youth with trained, caring adults."
He states that the aim of the program is for the adults to come alongside the troubled youth and act as positive role models and mentors.
"This is a situation where a one-on-one relationship would provide the best result," says Vezeau. "Most of these youth are used to a group setting and are not fans of it."
He adds that he plans to meet with the local juvenile probation officer to get the ball rolling on the Juvenile Justice Ministries program.
"We have on staff Seth Lochmueller, who works part time," Vezeau states. "Seth has a passion and heart for this ministry and it's great to have him lending a hand."
He adds that with he "beefed-up" staff, he expects a lot good things this year.
"We have a young and talented staff that is energetic and passionate about serving," Vezeau states. "We also have a great relationship with the community of Huntington, that has been very supportive, as well as the teachers and administrators at the area school."
To contact Vezeau for more information about the YFC and programs offered, call 224-2988.
Complete caption: Youth For Christ in Huntington County has revamped its image as the organization gears up for this year’s campaign. Chief Ministry Officer Roger Vezeau (center) welcomed two new staff members, Liz Adams and Nate Hasty, who will head up high school and middle school ministries, respectively.