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.

Contact Shonda Houston-Dotie for more information on Volunteers for Youth Justice’s GEMS & GENTS Mentoring Program, Jumpstart Program and Teen Court shonda.houston@vyjla.org or 318-425-4413.

2017 Gumbo Gladiators - 1st Place People Choice

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 to the Community Foundation and United Way!!

What an exciting July Board meeting! We welcomed Paula Hickman from the Community Foundation, who presented us with a combined $75,000 in grant funds to support our Truancy and CASA programs. Then we welcomed Bruce Willson and Merrill Wautlet from the United Way who presented us with $12,000 to support our Truancy Program. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Community Foundation and United Way of Northwest Louisiana! We could not do what we do without these critical resources!


Join VYJ on Thursday, August 17th at Chipotle!!!!

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support VYJ.  Come in to the Chipotle at 2610 Airline Drive in Bossier City on Thursday, August 17th between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm.  Make sure to tell the cashier that you are supporting the cause…..50% of the proceeds will be donated to Volunteers for Youth Justice!!!

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

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