CROSSROADS: Community Partnership for Youth, Inc. is an agency that strives to prevent continued youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive mentoring relationships between youth and volunteers in the Houston community.
CROSSROADS was founded in 1968 by a group of Houston churches and individuals in response to community concerns about the growing problem of juvenile delinquency in Harris County. United States District Judge Woodrow Seals was impressed with a similar successful Volunteers In Probation (VIP) program started by Judge Keith Leenhouts in Royal Oak, Michigan, in 1960 and looked to establish the same legacy closer to home.
Michigan Judge Keith Leenhouts recognized that the majority of children that came through his juvenile court system had no appropriate adult role model in their home or in their life. The judge started a mentoring program in Michigan utilizing community volunteers, which he assigned to those children in his court who needed a positive role model. Judge Seals brought this same concept, a volunteer mentoring program to Houston and approached the First United Methodist Church. Along with Louis Spaw, Judge Seals was instrumental in helping develop our present agency.
In 1971, CROSSROADS, at that time named "Court Volunteer Services of Harris County, Inc.", became a tax exempt, non-profit agency serving troubled youths in Harris County, Texas. In February 1984, the name of the agency was changed from "Court Volunteer Services of Harris County, Inc." to "Juvenile Court Volunteers of Harris County, Inc." In June 1995, the agency name was changed to CROSSROADS: Community Partnership for Youth, Inc. as it remains today.
Located at 6300 Chimney Rock Road, CROSSROADS’ mission is to prevent or reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive relationships between youth and volunteer mentors.
All Youth Need Caring Adults in Their Lives
Mentoring is one way to fill this need. Unfortunately, at-risk youth and youth offenders often have limited contact with positive adult role models with whom they can form and sustain meaningful relationships. Our volunteers mentor at-risk youth by helping them build self-esteem and set goals for the future, while also encouraging them to get involved in community service projects themselves. Mentoring programs can and do provide the opportunity for these young people to establish supportive relationships with positive adult role models.
Mentor ONE Child … Change TWO Lives.
CROSSROADS: Community Partnership for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization. View our Form 990 for more on our tax exempt designation.