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.
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
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.
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.