You may journey through the wilderness,
but you don't have to do it alone.
Wilderness Journeys provides no-cost opportunities for youth in grades 6-12 to engage in the outdoors in a meaningful and fun way, with several guided excursions per year.
Activities include hiking, camping, mountain climbing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, ziplining and snowshoeing The outdoor adventure aspect of our program helps draw youth who may not be interested in a mentoring relationship alone.
The presence of a caring adult to provide support and guidance during the absence of their incarcerated parent is one of the best ways to help teens get through their own "wilderness journey." We match each youth with a Christian adult volunteer mentor for a minimum of one year to provide guidance, support, and unconditional love.
We also do whatever possible to encourage stronger family bonds during and after incarceration. Incarcerated parents who remain close to their families are more likely to stay out of prison once they are released.
A Vulnerable Population
Over 1.7 million children in the United States are serving a sentence for a crime they didn't commit.
They are living without one or both parents while the parent is incarcerated.
The number of children with one or both parents incarcerated has grown nearly 80% since 1991. An estimated one-third of children in the welfare system have at least one incarcerated parent. And no single government agency has responsibility for--or even a handle on--this problem.
This vulnerable population must find their way in the world while one or both parents are absent from the home. Teens are particularly susceptible to making poor choices with negative consequences that follow them the rest of their lives. Youth with incarcerated parents are more likely to struggle in school, drop out, live in poverty, and become criminals themselves.
Our Vision For Youth
Our vision is to care for the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of youth with incarcerated parents through providing no-cost access to the great outdoors, exposure to Christian role models, and long-term mentoring.
We also strive to support healthy families during and after incarceration through assistance to meet particular needs.
Located in Boise, Idaho, we are the country's only ministry combining mentoring for youth of incarcerated parents with outdoor adventures. Our services are available regardless of the type of parental incarceration (state, federal, or immigration).
How You Can Help
- Like us on Facebook
- Tell a friend about Wilderness Journeys
- Volunteer to be a mentor
- Donate (every little bit helps!)