a community for caring about children in crisis

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

  • Be the difference in the life of a child.

    We are a volunteer-based, community supported          non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a community caring for children, youth and families in crisis.


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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.

Save the Date!

Registration for Cooking Teams and Vendors is now open for our Fifth Annual Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators gumbo cook-off to be held on March 11, 2017.   The event, a fundraiser for Volunteers for Youth Justice, takes place at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport.


The 2016 Gumbo Champions are:

1st Place Seafood: Coffin Custom Pits & Burners
2nd Place Seafood: Gumbreaux’s
3rd Place Seafood: Oh Yay

1st Place Non-Seafood: Geaux Roux Yourself
2nd Place Non-Seafood: Cookin Cousins
3rd Place Non-Seafood: Thrifty

People’s Choice Award: Gumbooyah
Most Team Spirit: Wineauxs
Best Decorated Booth: Red White & Blue Bayou


Willis-Knighton Health System makes generous donation for VYJ TASC Truancy Program.


Volunteers for Youth Justice, with the Caddo District Attorney, Caddo Parish School Board and Willis-Knighton Health System plans to launch an enhanced truancy initiative in Caddo Parish.  It is designed to focus on truancy issues in children grades K-5, it will work to identify families early and provide rapid assessment and services in order to reduce school absences. We are honored to partner with organizations that value the education of the children in our community.


CASA Christmas - You Can Help!

We are gearing up for this year’s CASA Christmas celebration for the local children we serve who have been abused or neglected and placed into the foster care system. The children are busy filling out their Wish Lists and we need your help!

Upon request, we can have a representative from our agency come to speak to your business, organization, group, etc. to talk more about our program.

We are looking forward to having our biggest and best year yet for these precious children! Contact Christie.Lamoureux@vyjla.org if you have any questions or are interested in helping.

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

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