Launched in March 2003, JIFF has now provided intervention services for more than 500 court-referred youth with a marked recidivism success rate under 35%.
There are two ways JIFF provides intervention services
Juvenile Case Mentoring
Learn to Earn — culinary training, career readiness and GED training
JIFF (Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up) originated as the Memphis branch of Mid-South Youth for Christ (MSYFC), an organization dedicated to campus life clubs, neighborhood outreach, and youth guidance. MSYFC also worked with juveniles who were involved with the justice system.
Rick Carr, with a background in corrections ministry, joined MSYFC in August 2000. At the time, Memphis had extremely high crime and juvenile recidivism was at an all-time high.
The JIFF program objectives are to:
Offer genuine alternatives (to repeat criminal activity) to youth who have been involved with the juvenile justice system.
Promote academic success (growth) among youth whose families are or have been involved with the juvenile justice system.
Encourage and positively influence the families of youth involved with the juvenile justice system.