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GRIP Outreach for Youth (



At GRIP Outreach For youth, our mission is to invest in the lives of Chicago youth through Christ-centered, Life-on-Life relationships. We have a vision for thousands upon thousands of kids to grow into solid Christian adults who will positively impact and contribute to society, their communities, their churches, and their families.

More specifically we want to see:

  • Thousands of transformed lives
  • Transformed cities
  • Strong local churches
  • Solid schools
  • Future leaders for Christ
  • Centers of excellence for urban ministry

We’re striving to create a network of support for our youth, not simply by serving them and their families in the home, but also by partnering with local churches in our outreach programs, and by having a presence in the public schools, where our youth spend the majority of their time.


Our Life-on-Life Approach

At GRIP, we believe that Christ-centered, Life-on-Life relationships is what God has invited us to build with youth in Chicago.

Why Christ-centered?

We take seriously the words of Jesus Christ (from Matthew 28:18-20) who commissioned His followers to make disciples of all people, immersing them in the character of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit while teaching them His truth. Therefore, for the past 18 years, GRIP has remained committed to training and equipping thousands of adult mentors from local churches to invest in Chicago youth with God’s love and Jesus Christ’s commission as our motivation. Just as Jesus “came not to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28), we realize that mentorship requires dependency upon Him in order to keep us serving youth through the highs and lows of mentorship.

Why Life-on-Life?

When we refer to Life-on-Life, we are talking about a relationship that is so much more than “mentorship.” Jesus walked life with His disciples, investing quality and quantity time with them, therefore we equip our adult mentors to spend time getting to know their mentee inside and outside of our programming. We challenge our mentors to care about a student as a whole person (emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually). We also encourage our mentors to partner with their student’s family in order to identify how best to serve them in order to develop their mentee holistically. As mentors open up their lives intentionally and consistently, life-on-life relationships can grow. Our prayer is that hundreds of Christ-centered, Life-on-Life relationships will form, empowering youth to know the love of God and grow in their purpose and identity, becoming young leaders in their homes, schools, churches and communities.