Freestyle Ministries is a nonprofit 501(c)3. Our mission is to educate, equip, and inspire youth in need of hope and healing to experience true freedom through a relationship with Jesus and to become bold, healthy, and compassionate leaders in their homes and communities. We accomplish our mission through the publication and distribution of FREESTYLE (formally FRUIT. magazine), a magazine whose high quality content and design are created specifically to engage the youth we serve. FREESTYLE is distributed free of charge to youth within juvenile justice facilities, community centers, and churches in high-risk communities through our awesome sponsors and donors. We now distribute to more than 20 juvenile facilities and organizations. There are many juvenile facilities and organizations across the United States still waiting for a sponsor to provide FREESTYLE to the youth they serve.
Our feature articles offer hope to our kids by sharing stories of people who have overcome similar obstacles.
FRUIT of THE VINE
Our devotionals are usually written by Barrell Richardson, JJM director for Youth for Christ Houston and member of YFC’s national JJM board and by Kyle Jackson, Youth Pastor at Heritage Park Baptist Church. They teach on topics that relate directly to our readers.
GANGS 2 GLORY
This column is usually written by one of Houston’s premier Gang educators and former gang member, James Odom. He discusses topics such as how to get out of a gang, lies the gang tells you, the truth behind your O.G. and how to get legit jobs to help pay your family bills.
This column, specifically for our female readers, is usually written by the founder and executive director of Free The Captives, Julie Waters. Julie teaches on subjects such as human trafficking, self-esteem development, and healing from past hurts. Many youth in juvenile justice settings are being identified as Human Trafficking victims. We provide education so kids can recognize they are being victimized and provide contact resources for them so they can get help.
CLEAN Healthy Living
This column is usually written by Tera Swigart, former LCDC. In this column we discuss drug education, sobriety, mental health, and general health. We cover the most current trends of drugs to educate our readers on the dangers of using.
Each Issue of FREESTYLE contains a clear gospel message and a way for readers to respond. We work with local chaplains for follow up.
The Inbox is a section where adult inmates write to our kids on specific subject. This gives adult inmates a chance to minister to our readers.
Our Fresh Picks provide positive options in music and books that are chosen to appeal to our readers and help them continue to grow.
We provide a local and national resources page for our readers and their families. These resources are from trusted partners and organizations to help meet the wholistic needs of our readers and their families. When I worked in the facilities we would have people come speak, but the kids wouldn’t know how to contact them – now they will have that information with them when they get out.
PRODUCE - Art of our readers
Many of the kids we serve are very gifted artists. Publishing their artwork gives them the opportunity to be recognized for something positive.
PRODUCE - writing of our readers
We promote literacy, provide a safe place to share, and give our readers an opportunity to minister to their peers by publishing their writing.