Making real contact with young people can be tricky. It can be harder still to get alongside 'marginalised' young people at the torn edges of our society. But that's undeniably part of what Jesus calls us to do.
Christian youth workers - whether in raw inner city environments or isolated rural areas - can find things desperately hard. They can be drained of energy and feel like giving up.
They work with 'difficult young people, the ones written off before they've even had a chance. The ones you won't find in church, and probably not in school much either. The hurt ones struggling on the very edge.
These young people deserve to know about the God who loves them enough to give them a life. Yet those who reach out to them can pay a high cost in their own lives - can feel alone and forgotten too.
Frontier Youth Trust exists to support this work. Since 1964 it's been our business . . .
- to do this kind of youth work ourselves
- to find such youth workers, wherever they are
- to show them they are not alone or forgotten
- to create a network which will encourage, train and support them, as well as preparing others for this work
- to assist them in creating places where young people's lives and real faith can connect
- to help churches think through what it might mean to get involved
- to provide opportunities to work through what it means to grow as a Christian in these situations
Spreading the load
FYT is actively working with other partner organisations but the bottom line is that it is the prayerful financial support of individuals which will enable the work to go on.
Help make it happen
With your financial help and prayer we can concentrate our efforts where they are most needed.
Please pray for us and give, to help Frontier Youth Trust be Christ's love in action for marginalised young people, cut off from church and society. If you would like a representative to come and present our work to your group or church please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
They are worth the risk.
FYT: Mission with Young People at Risk
Frontier Youth Trust (FYT) works with young people at risk towards justice, equality and community. Motivated by the Christian faith and informed by its principles, we work with people of all faiths and none. Based upon our youth work experience and research we also support, resource, inform, advise and train those working with and on behalf of disadvantaged young people. FYT works through a diverse range of projects including StreetSpace, Out4Good, Alongside and AIMCommunity.
Supporting The People With The Dreams
An influential Bishop and Cricketer who is part of FYT's founding story, David Sheppard, once said of FYT, "we must support the people with the dreams". It is an enduring call to youth work.’
Recently FYT has been thinking about ways to support the dreamers. Those who are dreaming of new ways to engage young people at the edge through StreetSpace; those dreaming of ways to help the church make a difference to unemployed young people; and dreaming of a way to support young people as they seek to reduce their offending among so many other dreams.
Alastair Jones (CEO Frontier Youth Trust)