Today DYFC helps Delaware’s at-risk youth by equipping them with the vital skills for life management, personal growth, and social responsibility. DYFC does this through two main program areas: (1) Juvenile Justice Ministries (JJM); (2) partnered programs undertaken in strategic collaboration with allied local organizations. JJM is a national model using evidence based services offering delinquency prevention & intervention activities.

Our History

DYFC was founded in 1958, during the early rapid expansion of the Youth for Christ movement, and early ministry involved rallies, roller skating and concerts.  The 1970’s saw the proliferation of the Campus Life ministry model, but in the late 80’s a ministry paradigm shift was made and DYFC moved to our core ministry City Life (national model - targeting urban youth and at-risk youth, in lower-income neighborhoods). In 2010, DYFC launched YFC’s national model Juvenile Justice Ministries as a second core ministry targeting adjudicated youth in the state of Delaware. This initiative was a partnered program undertaken in strategic collaboration with The Division of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS).

We are a chartered affiliate of Youth for Christ/USA, which was founded in 1944 by Torrey Johnson and Rev. Billy Graham – who became the first YFC staff member. Rev. Billy Graham says of Youth for Christ – “It was my privilege to be the first full-time employee of Youth for Christ. After fifty years, Youth for Christ continues to communicate the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to our young people. We all know that the problems confronting today’s young people are staggering. I can think of no greater cause than to reach our youth for Christ.” – Rev. Billy Graham

Youth for Christ has continued to grow over the past 60+ years, and now operates in more than 2,000 towns and cities around the United States. YFC International is working in the youth cultures of more than 100 countries around the world.