The Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section estimates that nearly 300,000 U.S. youth are currently at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation because they are runaways, throwaways, homeless or in other circumstances that make them particularly vulnerable to exploitation. According to 2009 figures from the Bureau of Justice, a third of sex-trafficking allegations in the United States involved minors, mostly girls. Please help The Salvation Army serve victims in your area.
The Vancouver, Canada Salvation Army has adopted team sports in their homeless outreach. Taking a cue from the Homeless World Cup, Salvation Army employee Charles MacGregor founded the North Shore Salvation Army Shields. The team offers local homeless a chance to compete with other recreational teams in the community while building relationships, having fun, and escaping the dangers of the street. The North Shore Salvation Army Shields is just one aspect of The Army’s holistic approach to social service.
The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom calls young people to dynamic faith, adventurous mission, and a fight for justice. Called “ALOVE,” their aim is to communicate to young people that The Salvation Army is committed to living out and representing ‘a love’ that is unconditional, gracious, serving, compassionate, radical and audacious; a love motivated by the Christian faith, lived out in humility and service to others. ALOVE is focused on inspiring youth toward four essentials: Worship – Giving our lives and world back to God, Discipleship – Getting into Jesus and his community, Mission – Going into the world to find and point out Jesus, and Social Action – Giving a voice to the voiceless.