Juvenile Justice Ministry Coordinator

Matt Sweeney started volunteering at Rogue Valley Youth for Christ in 1997 and in 2001 he became a full-time Juvenile Justice Director. He has been very happily married to Jan since 2010. They first met when she was referred to YFC to be a mentor. In addition to being a full time hair dresser she now partners with Matt in serving the kids in Juvenile Detention.

Matt Sweeney is gifted at working with kids especially when it comes to talking about painful stuff in their lives. He loves showing hurting kids how a real relationship with the Lord will bring healing to the wounds in their lives. As Juvenile Justice Ministries Director, Matt works in the Jackson County Juvenile Center supervising all religious programming in the facility. Leads Thursday evening discussion groups. Meets one to one with kids for pastoral counseling. Matt serves on the Jackson County Gang Task Force. He works to assess the magnitude of the gang problems in Jackson County. In Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Grants Pass, OR Matt serves as the liaison between staff and volunteers in the facility. He helps co-ordinate special events and meetings involving volunteers. He help screen and train new volunteers. He leads Sunday chapel services. And he meet one to one with youth in the facility. At the Lithia Springs Treatment Program and OnTrack Residential Treatment Program Matt meets one to one with kids for pastoral counseling. And occasionally travels to various residential treatment programs and facilities around the state to meet with and encourage Jackson County kids that are far from home. With the Juvenile Justice Mentors, Matt recruits, trains and matches new mentors with kids in the Juvenile Justice System. Matt Sweeney also helps with grant writing to raise funds for operating expenses as well as special projects.

Matt and Jan Sweeney enjoy riding motorcycles.They are excited about taking up backpacking/camping. Matt has an adult daughter named Ashley and a granddaughter named Lilli. He was born on Thanksgiving day 1957, served 4 years in the Marine Corps, and is the 4th child of 8 with 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Matt also enjoys working in his wood shop and in the garden.

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