Rick Carr, Executive Director
Rick Carr came to Memphis in 2000 to serve as the Executive Director for Youth for Christ. Mr. Carr is an ordained minister and worked with the Christian and Missionary Alliance for 11 years. In March 2003, Mr. Carr launched the JIFF Ministry to offer a Christian approach of intervention for juvenile offenders and their families. Mr. Carr is a tireless advocate to change the path of troubled youth in Memphis, leading the team at JIFF where mentoring, education, faith, and life skills provide hope and a new direction for up to 150 participants each year.
Kevin Williams, JIFF Program Director
Kevin Williamsis the Program Coordinator, overseeing all of the activities for juveniles in the care of JIFF. After spending 17 years with the Shelby County Juvenile Court as a Detention Officer and Probation Counselor, it was the true change he saw happening with JIFF participants that drew him to the program to provide instruction and guidance along with the personal and spiritual support of the case mentors. Mr. Williams likes knowing that he’s helped a youth and approaches each day with the goal of leaving someone better than he found them.
Angeletta Dabney, Quality Assurance/Family Care Coordinator
Rod Thompson, Case Mentor
Rodrequies L. Thompson joined JIFF in 2011 as a case mentor. Mr. Thompson was mentored by Pastor Alvin J. Summers of the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church to be equipped for his work at JIFF. As an Urban Youth Initiative (UYI) partner, Mr. Thompson works to achieve JIFF’s mission by exposing the youth to the love and power of Christ and to develop young minds that will make better decisions and choices for a better and safer Memphis and Shelby County.
Eric Ballentine, Case Mentor
Malcolm Jones, Case Mentor
Grady Turner, Case Mentor
Morris Robinson, Educational Advancement
Morris Robinson has been with JIFF for nearly six years. As the Title 1 Education Coordinator, Mr. Robinson teaches youth and prepares them for the GED (high school equivalency) test. Mr. Robinson started with JIFF on a college internship and has not looked back since. Prior to moving to the education department, he was a Case Mentor, which is where he learned to love interacting with the students, taking joy in the “I get it” moments. Seeing the light bulb flash go off and getting students to grow in their relationship with Christ is what motivates him each day.
Marcus Bullard, Sous Chef, Culinary Arts Training
Dericia Mays, Receptionist
Shelia Medlin, Bookkeeper
David Medlin, Facility Maintenance Supervisor