Youth For Christ International Inc dba Manatee Youth For Christ
1901 30TH AVE W
BRADENTON FL 34205-5264
Youth for Christ reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus Christ who lead by their Godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. 
CEO/Executive Director Mike Chaplinsky
Board Chair Aaron Knoll
Board Chair Affiliation financial consultant
General Info
Organization DBA
Suncoast Youth for Christ, Inc.
Youth for Christ
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1972
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS letter of determinationView
Other Documents
Risk Management OverviewView
Impact Statement
Our vision is to raise up followers of Christ to develop authentic relationships with youth in Manatee, Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area.This past year we:
1. Strengthened  significantly our programs in Sarasota County
2.  Laid the foundation for Leadership Academy to train students and staff. 
3. Finished developing our five year strategic plan.
  4. Hired three pt staff to help us in community development.
Our goals for the coming year:
1. Add five new middle and high school clubs
2. Develop outreach to skaters and surfers teens in Sarasota
3. To double the number of teens and leaders going to summer camp from 86 to 172
4.  Add 50 new volunteers
Needs Statement
Our ministry continues to grow and the following are a few of our needs:
1 To hire 5 pt staff to start five new ministry sites for  $25,000
2. A 12 passenger van to transport teens -$40,000
3. Renovations to teen center -$5,000
4. Camp Scholarship fund - $25,000
5. Staff Training -   $10,000 
Background Statement
Youth for Christ started in 1944 in the Chicago area by a group of young men and women with a passion for reaching out to youth.  This small ministry grew rapidly across the nation. Quickly this group of volunteers realized they needed to organize so they called it Youth for Christ and hired their first full time employee to lead this organization. His name was Billy Graham.
        Youth for Christ now has 135 chapters across the US and is in 30 countries around the world. Youth for Christ was established in Manatee County in the early 50's. Since that time tens of thousands of teens have been involved in our many clubs and outreach programs.
          Our mission is to reach out to unchurched youth and lead them in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through reaching youth in school clubs, neighborhood clubs and also through programs in area juvenile detention/ treatment facilities. Our vision is to reach youth by empowering adults to serve as volunteer leaders. The strength and heart beat of Youth for Christ is our volunteer leaders who are reaching out to children and teens every day of the week.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Hillsborough
Areas Served Comments
The mission of Youth for Christ is to reach out to all youth in every school, neighborhood and juvenile detention/treatment facility along the Florida Suncoast. Youth for Christ reaches youth in 30 different ministry sites spread throughout this four county area.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Having spent my career serving youth in a faith based non-profit organization, I have been blessed to be a part of Youth For Christ as a retired volunteer looking to give back to the kids in my new home of Manatee County.
The mission of YFC is to save lost youth by leading them to a relationship with Jesus Christ. The challenges are as widespread and varied as the problems these children have growing up in today's world. Gangs, broken homes, drugs, and the lack of adult role models are a few of the challenges our kids face today. I am excited and encouraged to see how YFC is addressing these issues. What could be more meaningful than to see one of our lost kids find a way out of their hopelessness through a relationship with Christ? This is happening today to hundreds of youth in our community through the YFC programs held in our schools, detention centers, and other sites. Dedicated volunteers and staff are giving their hearts and souls to make this happen.
YFC is growing to meet the rising numbers of children who need help. We have expanded into Sarasota this past year and now are expanding to East Manatee County and even into southern Hillsborugh County. Our Board of Directors is excited about this growth and look forward even more expansion in the near future.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
My love for the mission of Youth for Christ began in 1973 when I was a sophomore at Manatee High School. My friends had all gotten into drugs and I was left wondering what life was all about. I was a confused, lonely teen searching for truth. I will never forget the first time I visited a Youth for Christ club meeting. That night was the beginning of a life change for me as I met people who cared, and even more important found out that God loved me and desired a personal relationship with me. I guess you could say I was so impressed that I never left. That was 43 years ago and I have been on staff here for the past 38 years.
              I love this mission with all my heart. Youth for Christ is so unique in that we partner with the whole community to fulfill our mission of reaching , at-risk and troubled children and teens. We love joining hands with churches, other ministries, and youth organizations knowing that together we are stronger and will accomplish much more. Our staff go into the toughest neighborhoods to reach out to the most troubled teens. And when a teen gets in trouble with the law we are there in the detention centers, shelters, and treatment centers waiting for them. We reach youth of all ages, races and backgrounds.
            One of our core values is we value people. We listen with our heart, are fully engaged, and are passionate about hearing peoples stories. This is how our Lord Jesus related to people and we use this as an example for all that we do in Youth for Christ.
Campus Life reaches out to all teens especially focusing on those who are not involved in a local church. Each week our staff provide an awesome club meeting that is very appealing to youth. We want to provide a place where teens feel accepted just as they are. Campus Life is a place where young people can hang out with their friends, have a good time and take part in some great discussions. At Campus Life we talk about issues that all teens are dealing with. We give the teens a chance to share what is on their heart.  It is at these club meetings that our staff develop relationships with the youth. Beyond the club our staff connect with the teens through fun activities, conferences and trips. At Campus Life our goal is to first learn the teens story, then we will share our story and the impact God has made on our lives. Finally when the time is right we will share God's story of how much He loves us and desires to have a personal relationship with us.
Budget $83,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
The first area of short term success is that a teen who visits the club meeting will come back and be a regular attender. Another step is that the teen will get involved in an activity outside of the weekly club meeting. Our goal is for the staff to develop authentic relationships with the teens. This relationship is the foundation for our long term goal which is a changed life through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Long Term Success
The long term success is an on going relationship with the teen and a Youth for Christ staff person which results in a life change. This change happens through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The evidence that a life has been changed is hope is restored, a new perspective on life is developing, old bad habits are being broken and a new life has begun.
Program Success Monitoring
How do you measure that a life has changed? The best way to monitor and measure the results is for the staff person to stay involved in the teens life. Honestly this journey many times is two steps forward and one step back. The youth we reach come from very dysfunctional homes full of chaos. The changing of someone on the inside takes months and even years. We are still involved in the life's of our teens many years after they graduate high school. We do see many  changes in attitudes, behavior, choices and desires. Sometimes it happens quickly and many times it happens slowly. We are patient and willing to hang with these teens long term.
Program Success Examples    "Josie" has been involved in our Campus Life club for the past two years. Josie's mom is a drug addict and her dad lives in New Mexico. Josie was being raised by her grandmother and now is living with a sister who has had a drug problem in the past. Josie is surrounded by total dysfunction and most likely would make the same mistakes if it were not for our staff and our Campus Life club. At camp last year Josie prayed to ask Jesus in her life. Josie attends the club meetings, goes to camp, is being mentored and is a beautiful young teen with a bright future.
City Life is our ministry geared to at risk youth living in high crime neighborhoods. Our staff specifically target some of the worst neighborhoods in our community with the goal of reaching the teens in that community. Though weekly club meetings, activities, trips and summer camps we desire to totally Rock Their World.  Our City Life staff represent the ethnicity of the teens they are reaching. These staff grew up in those neighborhoods themselves and experienced the very same challenges these teens are now facing. The staff build close caring relationships with the youth and walk with them serving as a guide to a new way of thinking and living. The reality is that without someone intervening most of these teens will end up going down the wrong path. Each summer many of these youth will find themselves on a bus going to summer camp. For some this is the first time they have ever left Bradenton. Camp for them is a life changing experience.
Budget $65,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Minorities
Short Term Success
In the short term we will see changes in the youth's behaviors and attitudes. They will start showing more respect to adults, will sit still and listen  and  in general will stop showing a tough " I don't care" attitude. Our staff will begin to see these small changes slowly taking place.
Long Term Success
In the long term we will see a life that has done a 360. A teen that was skipping school, wandering the streets, defiant to authority and heading no where fast  make a giant change. This same teen will be getting better grades, respecting adults, staying away from the gangs and other negative peers and making many other positive life changes. The goal is for them to graduate high school and become a productive responsible citizen.
Program Success Monitoring
For these teens there are some clear measurements to determine the success of our program. One of the first things is school attendance, and behavior at school. The next is that the teen is staying out of trouble with law enforcement. Another way to measure if the program is working is feedback from the parent or care giver. Their behavior at home is a reflection of the changes that are taking place within them.
Program Success Examples
"Rick" was an angry 13 yr. old boy who was out of control. This anger was the result of seeing his father murder his mother right in front of him. Rick came to Florida to live with his sister but she could not control him. Rick was a bad boy and trouble followed him everywhere. Rick's sister kicked him out of her home and Rick slept at the homes of friends moving from house to house. One day Rick met Dwayne our City Life staff person at his middle school. Basically Dwayne saved Rick's life. It has been a year now and Rick is one of the most gentle , respectable young teens you would ever meet. Dwayne became the legal guardian for Rick and now Rick lives with Dwayne. Rick does well at school, is a student leader and is a part of a teen music group that travels the state singing and sharing the difference God has made in his life. City Life exists to reach young people like Rick
This ministry reaches out to the many youth who are incarcerated,  are in juvenile treatment facilities or find themselves in alternative schools for troubled youth.. Our staff have a special passion for reaching out to the most troubled and desperate teens in our community. We provide weekly programs at five different facilities reaching 100 children and teens each week. We provide small group meetings, one on one follow up appointments and special activities for these youth. The main thing our staff have to offer is a listening ear and a caring heart. Almost every one of the young people come from very dysfunctional homes full of chaos. These kids have been abused, neglected and are  dealing with many  issues. Our desire is to give some guidance to these youth and to develop a relationship that will continue once they leave the facility. It is so important that we rescue these teens before they continue on the path they are going.
Budget $50,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
For some of these teens we only will have the opportunity to meet with them for a few times before they are sent to a facility out of town. For us success in this case is the opportunity to have that short time to listen to their story and share God's awesome love with them. For the others that stay here locally success is the fact that they voluntarily attend our weekly programs at that facility. This gives us the opportunity to speak into their lives as much as we can. They have so much pain and turmoil within and as the weeks go by we can see positive changes in their attitude and outlook on life.
Long Term Success
Long term success would be a changed life. This is a young person who was headed for a life of crime, dysfunction and destruction making a total change and living for God. This inner change on the inside causes change in many areas on the outside.
Program Success Monitoring
The first and most obvious measurement of a changed life in one of these teens is that they do not break the law any more and stay out of trouble. The next step is to stay in school, continue their involvement in positive groups like Youth for Christ and to surround themselves with good friends. Their behavior and choices is a clear indicator of the difference our program has had on their life.
Program Success Examples
Todd was a very angry young teen. He was living with his grandmother until she died sand then had to live in the projects with his aunt. Drugs were continually going in and out of his aunt's home and Todd did not ant any of this. Todd eventually moved out and lived on the streets He was hungry, hurting and still very angry.  Todd started breaking into cars and homes looking for money. He was arrested and sent to the local juvenile detention center. It was there that Todd met Barbara our Juvenile Justice staff person. Barbara wrapped her arms around this big young man and loved him just as he was. It was there in the detention center that Todd prayed and asked Jesus to come into his life. Todd went back to school and focused on his education.. He went to Florida State University on a football scholarship and then played professional football for five years. Todd now works at an alternative school in Bradenton helping troubled teens.
Program Comments by Organization
Youth for Christ has been in this area for over 64 years. Though we have a rich history our focus is on the present and building for the future.  We are passionate about reaching every young person and this drives us to do all we can to provide clubs, activities and services for all youth throughout the Suncoast of Florida.. Youth for Christ is more than an organization we are a movement that is sweeping across the our communities with the life changing message of Jesus Christ. Our mission has grown so much over the past few years and it continues to grow. This is exciting and at the same time can be challenging. We are evaluating every aspect of our mission with the desire of being better at what we do. We are blessed with an incredible team and together we will continue to push ahead until we have a ministry site for youth in every school, in every troubled neighborhood and in every juvenile detention/treatment facility. In order for this to happen we need to develop leaders at every level of our mission. Our plan with these leaders then is for them to develop other leaders. I want Youth for Christ to be known for how we empower people.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mike Chaplinsky
CEO Term Start July 1979
CEO/Executive Director Email
My first connection with Youth for Christ was in 1971. I was in middle school and would swim in the pond behind the Youth for Christ office. I remember wondering what the high school teens did at the evening club meetings. A few years later I was one of those high school teens who attended the Tuesday night club meetings. It was at Youth for Christ that I surrounded my life to God and shortly after that felt Him calling me into full time ministry. I served as a volunteer while in Jr. College and then came on staff after graduating from the University of West Florida. This is far more than a job for me. It is a calling that has been placed on my life and I am passionate about fulfilling that calling. For seven years I directed the high school ministry then in 1986 became the Executive Director. Over the past 38years I have developed and led ministry in schools, neighborhoods and juvenile facilities throughout Manatee County. I now have the honor of working with a team of the most incredible staff as we reach teens along the suncoast. I love this mission and also love my job. What I am most passionate about is raising up young leaders who will lead this mission far after I am gone. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Bill Wightman July 1975 - June 1980
Don Windmiller July 1978 - June 1986
Senior Staff
Floss Chaplinsky Office Manager
Barbara White Juvenile Justice Ministry Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 13
Staff Retention Rate % 50
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 85
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
One of the strengths of Youth for Christ is our collaboration with the church and other like-minded partners in the community. Our goal is to link hands with as many partners in the community as possible. Together we can provide so much more for the youth. We currently collaborate with the YMCA, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Family Resources, Young Life, and many schools and churches throughout the community. Over twenty youth and children's pastors are involved in leading our ministry sites across our ministry area..
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2017
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
The challenges we are dealing with now are finding the right people to serve in the right places in our mission. Over the past year we have had  some key staff move away and are now finding new people for those positions. In this interim time we have spend many hours evaluating our mission, staff positions, job descriptions, and training. As we move ahead now we are stronger and better.
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
The video will give you a glimpse of Youth for Christ. Still the best way to really experience our mission is by visiting on of our many ministry sites .
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Aaron Knoll
Company Affiliation financial consultant
Board Term June 2015 to June 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Frank Brunner Crime stoppers
Jim Forssell Retired
Patty Harris Manatee County Schools
Kevin Hassall The Rehfeldt Group
Aaron Knoll RockPort Global Advisors, president
Sharon Otis Family Care Counseling
Larry Rued retired
Dr. Peachie Scarano GST Pediatrics
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 66
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 40
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Governance Comments by Organization
Over the past four years we have experienced both ups and downs concerning growth of our mission. During this time we have done some in depth evaluation of who we are, where we are at and where we want to be. We are in the process of doing an evaluation of our board  and addressing specific needs for this team. In the next four to six months our goal is to add four new board members representing the communities we serve..  The role of our Executive Director is changing and the need for a strong and involved board of directors is so important. One of the main areas of focus for our organization in the months ahead is that of strengthening our board.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $788,900.00
Projected Expenses $830,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$715,424$673,779$516,387
Administration Expense$98,164$85,544$71,362
Fundraising Expense$54,662$51,313$44,372
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.021.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%83%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%6%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$709,580$755,133$743,146
Current Assets$640,242$220,266$198,628
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$6,508$5,212$5,640
Total Net Assets$703,072$749,921$737,506
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $809,658Contributions, gifts, grants $814,842Contributions, gifts, grants $621,161
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $10,401Investment Income $7,253Realized Gain net of Unrealized Loss $28,121
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Net Realized Gain $956Investment Income $7,443
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities98.3842.2635.22
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Our budget has grown significantly in the past few years. Over the past few years we have been blessed by ending the year in the black. This year our funding has been down and we may end in the red. We are thankful that we have reserves to cover times like this. Our goal though is to be the best stewards of our resources and this next fiscal year we will cut some expenses and at the same time raise more funds. The opportunity before us is the fact that there are many people in our communities that would enjoy partnering with us as financial donors. Our job is to find these people and give them an opportunity to become life time partners of Youth for Christ. We believe that every resource we need ( people and finances) to accomplish our wildest dreams for our mission can be found right here in our community.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal tax returns and financial reviews.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and financial reviews reconcile.
Nonprofit Youth For Christ International Inc dba Manatee Youth For Christ
Address 1901 30TH AVE W
BRADENTON , FL 34206 5264
Phone 941 747-4608