WHO WE ARE
Freestyle Ministries is a nonprofit 501(c)3 and publisher of FRUIT. magazine.
We educate, equip, and inspire youth in need of hope and healing to follow Jesus and become bold, creative, and compassionate leaders in their homes and communities.
WHAT WE DO
We accomplish our mission through the publication and distribution of FREESTYLE (formerly FRUIT. magazine), a magazine whose high quality content and design are created specifically to engage the youth we serve. FREESTYLE’S feature articles provide hope to our readers by highlighting the lives of people who’ve overcome similar challenges. We also publish the art and writing of our readers and provide drug, gang, and healthy living education, positive music and book reviews, letters from adult inmates sharing their experiences, local and national resources to help meet wholistic needs, and a FREESTYLE Club discussion guide to help individuals and groups dig deeper into the magazine’s content and apply what they have learned personally.
WHO WE SERVE
We serve youth ages 10-19. Most of the youth we serve are involved in the juvenile justice system or come from high-risk communities. This population is in desperate need of the hope that Christ offers. Many of them are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder along with depression and other major challenges due to the environments they have come from. When youth enter the juvenile justice system, they are often forgotten and labeled by the community.
For many youth entering a juvenile justice residential facility, it may be the first time they have three meals a day, a safe place to sleep, are provided services to meet health and mental health needs, and have adults that care about them. This is why we target youth within the juvenile justice system. This is the perfect time to intervene in their lives and share the hope of Christ, along with our other inspirational and educational content to inspire them to make lasting lifestyle changes.
over 86,000 youth are detained in juvenile justice facilities in the u.s. annually
an estimated 60-70% OF these youth WILL eventually END UP IN PRISON
these youth are three times more likely to commit suicide
ONLY 23% are expected to graduate from high school
for their future.
We have a BIG vision for the future of the youth we serve. In our vision we see the statistics surrounding these young men and women changing drastically for the better. We see our readers encouraging their peers and creating a culture for change within the facilities and their home communities. This is a BIG vision, but we have a BIG God. We want to be a key part of that culture shift. To accomplish this, our dream is to provide FREESTYLE (formerly FRUIT. magazine) to every juvenile justice facility in the US and beyond.