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Back in about 2017 Youth Haven Ministries was formed. We had a simple concept: To make a difference and help kid's by providing recreation and any help we could without forcing them to church or making them convert. We thought helping people is what Jesus did and we had a passion to help kids- so we followed JESUS example. We made ourselves available to kids if they wanted to talk about God and offered optional bible stuff- but we never required it and we accepted all kids without judging them. Our goal was to serve them unconditionally and help them, because that's what Jesus would do.
At first we just held FREE non-churchy events around town FREE Hip Hop Concerts, FREE skate nights----then we opened a Teen Center.
Pasco Youth Haven became YHM Teen Centers before we closed due to COVID 19. We were open for a year and offered mentoring, counseling, life skills, leadership programs, clubs, parties, and most importantly a place for kids to just come hang out and be themselves.
The Teen Center closed and we lost the building that was donated to us along with all our equipment. We were already loosing volunteers and COVID finished us off with no staff to run a youth center. (Tony the founder also got sick for a long time with COVID and then continued to be sick as a Long Hauler for the past year) But it allowed me to do some serious soul searching...
The reason the TEEN center was opened and the reason I did all that was to share my faith about Jesus----instead it became more of a social services program and I really never got to share my passion for Jesus and Why I believe in Him, which was supposed to be the whole point. Helping others because of my faith in Jesus, in order to earn their trust and respect to be able to share with them my faith in Jesus
So Project 21X is born from the ashes of YHM TEEN Centers and Youth Haven Ministries.
Youth Haven Ministries will stay a community recreational and social services organization---a non-profit to help kids. If I can get volunteers and funding again all the Old programs and services will resume--the student leadership, the LGBTQ Program, the events, and most importantly the TEEN CENTER.
Project 21 is my faith--IT DOES NOT BELONG TO ANY ONE CHURCH OR EVEN A RELIGION--IT BELONGS TO JESUS OF NAZARETH WHO I BELIVE IS THE CHRIST---MY LORD AND SAVIOR