ABOUT US
Welcome to Straight Ahead Ministries!
Straight Ahead Ministries is an international organization dedicated to seeing the lives of youth at risk transformed through faith and relationship.
 
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 Lynn Reentry and Worcester Aftercare that provide educational opportunities, job readiness training and resources for young people in transition from lock-up to independence.    Social ventures like Creating Hope Apparel, Straight Up Café 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.


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  • Check it out! Our newest gold lev...

    Check it out! Our newest gold level catering associate just completed round 2 of the Bible study challenge in our Worcester Youth Re-entry Project. Congratulations, Oscar!


  • There are 80,000 teens locked up ...

    There are 80,000 teens locked up on any given day in the US. We want to provide opportunities for each one of them! This week, Scott Larson met with Eric Kelly, National Director of Youth for Christ Juvenile Justice Ministries, Dan Wolgemuth, President of Youth for Christ and Steve Lowe, President of Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries to expand the reach of juvenile justice ministry across the country.


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    Improved living conditions in juvenile prison, thanks to generous donors from America, Finland and Ukraine. Straight Ahead staff, volunteers and youth installed over 80 new windows installed and efficient lighting and freshly painted rooms and corridors.

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    Kremenchuk, Ukraine

    Improved living conditions in juvenile prison, thanks to generous donors from America, Finland and Ukraine. Straight Ahead staff, volunteers and youth installed over 80 new windows installed and efficient lighting and freshly painted rooms and corridors.

  • Kremenchuk, Ukraine...

    Straight Ahead Ministries posted a photo:

    Kremenchuk, Ukraine

    Improved living conditions in juvenile prison, thanks to generous donors from America, Finland and Ukraine. Straight Ahead staff, volunteers and youth installed over 80 new windows installed and efficient lighting and freshly painted rooms and corridors.