JIFF provides intensive intervention services to at-risk youth ages 10-18 who are referred through Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court in five unique ways:
Evening reporting center | (ERC)
Designed to provide a community-based alternative to detention, this short term (five days each week for twenty days), intensive supervision program provides highly targeted programming and positive activities in a structured environment for male youth, with a range of violent and nonviolent offenses, while remaining in their homes and community.
Early Intervention program | (EIP)
Formally known as Mediation and Restitution Reconciliation Services, the EIP provides programming in place of detention to males and females who typically have been charged with one to three nonviolent offenses. The goal is to use restorative justice practices that consist of community service, restitution agreements, mediation, and character development classes rather than juvenile detention. This program has maintained a 90% success rate since 1993.
This project is partially funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee.
jiff case mentoring | (JCM)
A four month intensive intervention program designed to give male youth with an average of three or more arrests (some aggravated offenses), and their families the skills, support, and direction necessary to break the destructive cycle of juvenile crime. This program, since inception, has averaged a 65% success rate. Youth who do not succeed in completing this program are at high-risk for continuing deeper into the adult system.
Live life together | (LLT)
LLT is a highly successful community volunteer-based mentoring program for youth who have completed one of JIFF’s other programs. Mentors are from the local community and provide their time, knowledge, experience, and love to help these young men and women grow, develop, and aspire to a thriving future. The goal of this program is to continue connection to JIFF and to have a supportive mentor after completing one of our programs. It is critical for our youth to continue with a mentor in order to pull the youth through to maturity and transformation. This program collaborates with the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation to provide free mentor training to all volunteers.
workforce training | sweet lala's bakery
Sweet LaLa's Bakery and JIFF joined in partnership in 2014 to create a pipeline into employment for JIFF youth. Once a participant graduates from one of the JIFF programs, they become eligible to become a Sweet LaLa's employee. Sweet LaLa's employees maintain close contact with their Case Mentor and the rest of the JIFF team throughout their employment. This program allows the double-efficacy of JIFF support combined with Sweet LaLa's love and training to create a beautiful outcome of success and growth!
Each of our programs are built on the model of the Six H's which include:
Head (Academic Health)
Heart (Spiritual Health)
Home (Relational Health)
Hire-Ability (Financial Health)
Hobbies (Social Health)
Together, the Six H's provide a holistic approach to true transformation.