Project F.A.C.E.

Faith and Community Engagement


Project F.A.C.E. seeks to create an organizational culture that balances public safety and youth accountability through partnerships that positively support at-risk youth in their communities.



The mission of Project F.A.C.E. is to empower communities to provide a seamless process where Georgia’s at-risk youth and youthful offenders have new opportunities to receive support- services preparing them for successful transition into long-range rehabilitation as productive law-abiding citizens.



• To promote successful juvenile offender transition, compliance and accountability
• To support community involvement partnerships by promoting safe communities while identifying, addressing, and responding to
juvenile delinquency
• To provide a continuum of high quality educational, rehabilitative and support services for youthful offenders, building skills and life competencies
• To provide youthful offenders with links to neighborhood faith and community resources
• To advance positive interactions between youth and their home communities

"OK, I'm interested? What do I need to do?"

• What you need is willingness to work with at-risk youth and their families
• A belief in the Juvenile Justice Mission
• A few hours to mentor each month
• And a commitment to at least one year of service with Project F.A.C.E.

"How does Project F.A.C.E. help with transitions?"

• It just makes sense -- Youth with more opportunities for healthy relationships in their community, have more opportunities to live productive and law-abiding lifestyles.

• Project F.A.C.E. fosters positive relationships with youth and their families by recognizing their strengths and building on them.

• Project F.A.C.E. relies on volunteer stakeholders to serve as community-based service providers backed by local faith organizations.

About DJJ

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is a multi-faceted state agency providing services to over 50,000 at-risk youth in community, residential, and secure detention settings each year.

Through DJJ and community partnerships the state achieves successful transition and compliance for youthful offenders up to age 21 and helps provide for safe communities and stable families where those children can thrive.

DJJ recognizes that partners in faith and community-based organizations provide neighborhood backbone and unique opportunities to positively connect to youth and their families.

Georgia’s Project F.A.C.E. will help DJJ address challenges faced by youth and their families as they transition through the juvenile justice system.

The State of Georgia spends more than $63-thousand dollars a year to keep a youthful offender in a DJJ detention center -- That’s more than two hundred dollars a day. About half the time, this type of juvenile sentence produces a long-term public safety solution. But just as often, it does not.

Some 50-to-60 percent of Georgia’s incarcerated youth commit another crime within three years of leaving one of Georgia secure facilities behind. The Department of Juvenile Justice has developed a faith based re-entry initiative called “Project F.A.C.E.” to target these potential recidivists and provide them positive support for their successful re-entry into their communities.

"I want to help. Is there a place for my dedication and skills?"

• Yes! Your community needs more Youth Mentors and Tutors
• Become part of our Family Support Network and Parent Training
• Teach Life Skills and Development Programs
• Try your talent in our Art and Cultural Activities
• Give guidance to our Leadership Development
• Engergize our Education and Vocational Programs
• Help reconcile difference through Religious and Spiritual Services

"How do I become a volunteer?"

If you are 18 years or older, you are eligible to take on the challenge!

It starts with a successful Background and Fingerprint Checks

That is followed by a Volunteer Orientation

Fill out an application

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." -- Proverbs 27:17