Defiance Area Youth For Christ

Give Life to Your Story

aka Youth For Christ   |   Defiance, OH   |  defyfc.org

Mission

Youth For Christ reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners, to raise up life-long followers of Jesus. We do this through established ministry models such as Campus Life, JJM (Juvenile Justice Ministry), and YFC Camp.

Ruling year info

1972

Executive Director

Brad Sisson

Main address

PO Box 111

Defiance, OH 43512 USA

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Formerly known as

Defiance Area Youth For Christ Inc.

EIN

34-1186502

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many young people between the ages of 11 & 19 face a difficult life, at best. They are dealing with difficult home situations, pressure at school and distant connections relationally. Many will begin to exhibit negative behaviors through substance abuse, self-harm, etc. These behaviors can lead to isolation, physical harm, difficulty in school. They also, in many cases, have no church involvement whatsoever.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Campus Life JV

Weekly ministry to youth age 11-14.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Programs for youth in detention facility
Mentoring Programs

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1.) Engage 11-19 year-olds where they are at
2.) Develop positive adult relationships and begin a conversation about the issues and struggles they are facing
3.) Walk alongside them as role models and mentors
4.) Introduce them to the Bible and share the person, work and teachings of Jesus with them
5.) Continue to walk alongside them and encourage them as they deal with the issues in their lives

1.) Campus Life: Minstry that engages young people in their world on their turf. This involves them in weekly meetings, small groups, and Bible
study
2.) Juvenile Justice Ministry: Connects 11-19 year-olds to adult role models and mentors. This can happen in a local detention center or through
the court system as mentors
3.) Youth For Christ Camp: Gives students an opportunity to engage in positive outdoor experiences as well as interaction with other students
and adults. Students are also engaged in relationship building through family-style meals, small groups, and large group meetings. Here
they are presented with the gospel and given an opportunity to respond to the message of Christ.

We operate with a staff comprised of full-time, part-time and volunteer staff. We also have the resources of Youth For Christ USA available to us. We operate under the control;l of a local Board of Directors and are supported by a wide range of businesses, churches, and individual donors. We also work at 13 different ministry sites in NW Ohio

In 2018 we: 1.) Operated 13 ministry sites in NW Ohio
2.) engaged 709 students in positive adult relationships
3.) 99 new believers in Jesus Christ
4.) took 94 students + 18 leaders to YFC Camp
5.) connected 100 young people to a local church
6.) 112 students were discipled by a YFC leader

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Youth in our community between the ages of 11-19

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Personal Contact,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We changed the way that we fund trips and events in order to include all income classifications from across our area.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, YFC USA,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has strengthened our relationships due to stronger partnerships with those we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Defiance Area Youth For Christ

Board of directors
as of 08/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Matt Verhoff

Verhoff Alfalfa Mills

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Neil Rupp

Pettisville Grain Inc.

Term: 2021 - 2022

Byron Dunham

Jody Dunham

Wayne Trace Schools

Neil Rupp

Pettisville Grain Company

Matt Verhoff

Verhoff Alfalfa Mills

Brandon Grant

Grant's Aatering

Marilyn Smith

Retired

Doug Smith

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/15/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/15/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.