YFM4310EN - Community Ministry among At Risk Youth

Course description

Missional students interested in ministering to at-risk youth and their community from a Christian prospective will be involved in course information on pertaining to positive youth development and a resiliency approach to youth work. Missional students will work with human services programs that serve young people experiencing social distress, disconnectivity, and/or homelessness. Missional students will create a unique project to strengthen and enhance developmental asset acquisition (skills) and resiliency to help programs reach their goals. These three exercises will enable Missional students to understand the psychosocial factors that place youth and families at risk and how incorporation of developmental assets can help overcome many deficiencies.

How this course benefits students

Ministering to at risk youth and their communities covers a broad spectrum of areas. This course will provided the necessary tools to engender a sense of engagement and empathy for ministering to at risk youth and their community. Create an understanding of the needs of the population Missional students will serve in future ministries and employment endeavors, and will provide the knowledge Missional students need to be able to describe and take part in the scope of the work and the realities inherent in social service work, interventions, and prevention plans and programs.

Why this course is important

This course is valuable because of the young people that fall through the cracks and are not able to bounce back from tragic and turmoil within their lives, possibly leaving their spirituality in jeopardy. Without some type of God centered organized plan of intervention, untrained ministers and employees will do more harm than good when dealing with at risk youth and their community. This course can assist in putting an end to this by helping Missional student incorporate the appropriate principals and techniques needed through course instruction.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Youth & Family
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms*
  • 2022-01 (Aug. 22, 2022 - Oct. 16, 2022)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Angela Neal Brooks, Professor of Youth & Family Services

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course has biblical foundations that support the need for at risk youth to be taught and assisted with navigating through positive decision-making and life values.

Missionally driven

The course is missional because of the emphasis on outreach efforts to steer trouble youths in the right direction beyond the scope of the church setting.

Contextually informed

This course is contextual due to dealing with the issues and needs at risk youth and their communities face within their environment.

Interculturally focused

The course is intercultural because it is designed to equip Missional student to be able to minister to and work with all types of young people from various cultural backgrounds.

Practically minded

This course has practical application within society.

Experientially transformed

This course is also experiential because of its ability to provide a knowledge base for Missional Students to comprehend the plight that at risk youth and their communities face.