ENDORSEMENTS & LETTERS OF SUPPORT
YOUTH PARTICIPANTS LETTERS
"This program offers support that many do not have from other people in their lives and it has the ability to change someone else's life in a very positive way because of it. Jake has been a very positive influence in my life when I was at my lowest of lowest without ever judging me or my decisions, he is very understanding and shows he actually cares....Mentors like Jake are making a difference through programs like this and I feel that the Life Decisions mission should get all the support from other members of the community so that we can keep seeing a difference."
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"At Life Decisions, we value making our community a better place. I have seen this through at our community block party and there I seen that alot of people were so happy and thrilled to be there. It's alot of people who support and love what we do as a tribe, we more than these people who just work together, no, we are family! A family that wants to change Rockford by bringing restoration to this city and change the future of the youth because we as youth are the future so we must create a future that can inspire more youth to keep on inspiring other youth to change the future."
WINNEBAGO COUNTY JUVENILE PROBATION
"The layout of this program is exactly what our at-risk youth need and what our community is lacking. The program's structure provides wrap-around services, mentoring, transitional housing and job readiness, all of which are imperative when dealing with at-risk youth.
Jake's prior work with Juvenile Justice Ministries (JJM) speaks for itself. While working with JJM over the past several years, Jake has touched the lives of many minors that have been placed on Juvenile probation with our department. There have been several minors with lengthy criminal records that began making positive changes in their lives once they began working with Jake and I have the utmost confidence that this program will produce much of the same."
Juvenile Probation Supervisor
STRAIGHT AHEAD MINISTRIES
"Transformation doesn't happen overnight. We walk with youth through every step of their faith journey, providing ongoing support and resources for young people that begins while they are in lock-up, continues as they return to their communities, and follows through as they become self-sufficient, productive members of their communities.
Since Straight Ahead was founded in 1987, our staff, volunteers, and ministry partners have served over 75,000 young people in 40states, 35 countries, and 7 languages. Our intensive models of engagement and leadership development include programs that offer faith and character development, job readiness training and placement, educational support and service opportunities."
President & Founder
“I know of no one more gifted, passionate, and prepared to lead the life changing ministry of Life Decisions than Jake Rogers. He has a resume of significant work with kids and all the necessary accreditations to handle the challenges. With only 20 per cent of American households consisting of married couples with children, sociologists are calling the fall out, at-risk kids, a societal epidemic. Fatherlessness is fanning the flame of this devastating virus. Over and over data has demonstrated that caring, supportive adults, or a village, is what at-risk kids need to make a 180 turn, to change the trajectory of their lives, and begin to flourish. Short-term residential homes play an import supportive role until young people are working, healed, and ready to tackle life’s adventure. Carefully read this vision book and see if your heart is being tapped to be a part of it. Some would call it a loving, caring, redemptive community.”
Dr. Bob Griffin
President Renewal Ministries
JUVENILE JAIL MINISTRY
"I sensed, in working with Jake - that God was helping him envision an even more extensive work that was going to reach beyond what we were experiencing. That was why I'm so thrilled to see the beginning of Life Decisions. That is the very opportunity that I believe God has been preparing Jake for. Jake's lead- and the whole person focus of Life Decisions, will have a profound life-changing influence upon engaged at-risk Lives."
(Former Youth Programming Coordinator - Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry)
STATELINE YOUTH FOR CHRIST
"I have known and worked with Jake for numerous years, and he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment in pursuing vulnerable youth. His passion for such youth is magnified through his vision, creativity, and fruitful relationships. Jake is committed to stewarding all resources in the most efficient manner. He even recently made a visit to Colorado to learn best practices from a unique operation called the Dale House. Jake has also exhibited a humility in an effort to grow as a leader and has an eager desire to follow after Christ. It’s undeniably clear that Jake has a calling to serve youth in need. We at Youth for Christ are excited to partner with him. Jake’s future, as well as Life Decisions, is incredibly bright."
Executive Director, Stateline Youth for Christ
MAYOR OF ROCKFORD
"This is an organization that has been able to tap into the potential of these young people; provide structure; and work with them on self-care, community service, healthy relationships and preparation for employment. In turn, the young men and women have come to understand that they have opportunities and hope. They have completed GEDs, received job training, and have access to resources they were previously unaware of. Some have stayed with the organization and became mentors for others."
Thomas P. McNamara
Mayor, City of Rockford
Chairman's Office of Criminal Justice Initiatives
"The new organization, Life Decisions, is integral in the community of Rockford working to prevent the likelihood of juvenile re-entry into the justice system. Their proven mentoring, engagement model will fill a void in the community by offering the structure and support at-risk youth need to sustain lasting change.
Life Decisions is equipping people and creating opportunities to invest in the lives of overlooked and undervalued youth, ages 15-23, with an emphasis on justice-involved youth. Youth who once led our streets destructively will be seen, known, valued- empowered and inspired-through relational mentoring."
Director, Chairman's Office of Criminal Justice Initiatives