Welcome to Straight Ahead Ministries!
Straight Ahead Ministries is an international organization dedicated to seeing Jesus Christ transform the lives of juvenile offenders.
Straight Ahead began with a single Bible study in a juvenile detention center in New England over twenty-five years ago. No one, including founders Scott and Hanne Larson, could have predicted the unprecedented growth of the organization that has impacted a generation of young people. Today Straight Ahead is an international organization at work in 19 states and 5 countries, with materials in use in 35 countries. Over 25,000 young people have been reached.
Straight Ahead offers a way for young people who are looking for a new way to go. Staff, volunteers and affiliates facilitate Bible discussion groups, PROMISE recovery groups and Ready4Life character development trainings in juvenile detention centers, offering opportunities for kids to discover new ways of thinking and living.
The work continues in the community through reentry programs like our Lynn Youth Reentry Project (LYRP) and Worcester Youth Reentry Project (WYRP) that provide educational opportunities, job readiness training and resources for young people in transition from lock-up to independence. Our Straight2Work job readiness training program provides pre-employment training and hands-on job training through Straight2Work businesses like Straight Ahead Silkscreen, Straight Up Café, Straight Up Catering,
and The New You
employ and empower youth, giving them opportunities to develop marketable skills.
After twenty five years of successful experience, Straight Ahead has beome a leading juvenile justice resource center, offering a Master’s degree in Juvenile Justice Ministries
through Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree through Gordon College, along with education and training for anyone interested in juvenile justice ministry.