a community for caring about children in crisis

900 Jordan Street   Suite 102   Shreveport, Louisiana 71101   318-425-4413


VYJ annually recruits, trains and supports hundreds of volunteers to provide services for children at-risk. Currently, VYJ can only support 60% of the children in need of crisis intervention in North Louisiana.

During 2015-16, our Jumpstart program provided diversion services for 459 children in Caddo and Bossier Parish.  With the national average of juvenile repeat offense rate at 34%, yearly evaluations consistently reveal less than 5% of Jumpstart participants commit a further offense after successful completion of the program.

2017 Gumbo Gladiators - 1st Place Lagniappe Winners

We had a great turnout with 47 Teams cooking 62 pots of gumbo!  There were over 6,000 people that attended the event.

The 2017 Gumbo Champions are:

1st Seafood: Bayou Gents, Booth 40
2nd Seafood: Hook-n-Up & Track-n-Down Radio Show, Booth 37
3rd Seafood: Remington Roux Krewe, Booth 9

1st Lagniappe: Oh-Yay Que and Roux, Booth 14
2nd Lagniappe: Gumbo Busters (Herby K’s), Booth 13
3rd Lagniappe: Green & Gold Gumbo Daddies, Booth 46

1st Chicken & Sausage: NOLA Roux Dats, Booth 12
2nd Chicken & Sausage: Oh-Yay Que and Roux, Booth 14
3rd Chicken & Sausage: Pot Liquors, Booth 5

People’s Choice: Gumbooyah, Booth 21 (raised $1,104 for VYJ!)
Best Booth Decoration: Raise the Rouxf, Booth 6
Best Team Spirit, The Wineaux, Booth 19

All participating teams are winners to Volunteers for Youth Justice!


THANKS for making the community's biggest day of giving....... Give for Good..... a great day for VYJ!!!

On May 2, 2017 VYJ is joining hundreds of other nonprofits in raising money to help improve our local community. Over the past 4 years, more than $4.5 million has been invested in the North Louisiana community through The Community Foundation’s Give for Good event. This is our moment to work and give together to make North Louisiana a healthier and more vibrant community for all. Give for Good is a one-day event designed to raise money and celebrate the nonprofits in our community. Together, we can make impact.

Join us at our Cantina Laredo on May 2nd from 4:00 – 7:00 for Happy Hour or from 4:00 – 9:00  for Taco Tuesday.  We will have donation stations set up for everyone to easily make a donation.  You can also help us by making your donation between  7:00 and 9:00 pm to help us win the Lagniaappe “most donations” during the 7 – 9pm time period.


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, and we have lots of exciting things happening throughout the month, and would love for all of you to help make these a success! We kicked off the month by planting pinwheel gardens at the courthouses and delivered pinwheel garden supplies to many of the schools in Caddo, Bossier, and Webster Parishes. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children. Our 2017 goal is to display 6,000 pinwheels around our community. To display a pinwheel is a demonstration of your commitment to healthy child development and child abuse prevention in our community. Please contact VYJ if you would like to come by the office to get 10 pinwheels to “plant” a pinwheel garden of your own (on a first come, first serve basis)! Make sure to like our NWLA Child Abuse Awareness Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nwlacaa).

900 Jordan Street   Suite 102   Shreveport, Louisiana 71101   318-425-4413

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