Kairos Torch is the youngest and least well known of the three programs of Kairos Prison Ministry International. Like Kairos Inside and Kairos Outside we are advocates of Jesus Christ and the return of outcasts to society. Torch, like Kairos Inside and Kairos Outside is an international ministry program active in two foreign countries and 18 states here in the United States and with a total of 33 individual communities. In Texas, we are active in Amarillo and also in Harris County (Houston). Our target facilities are the state-funded and county-run facilities identified by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
Here Is What Torch Does
Torch is a ministry for Post–adjudicated youths housed in a normal institutional setting. This typically means youthful offenders that have been sentenced by a judge for a period of six months or more in a confined secure facility.
Torch focuses on youth in the age group of 11 to 25 years of age and for application with boys and girls. In Texas our target ages are from 11 to 18 years in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department secured facilities.
Torch is a faith-grounded, evidence -based behavior modification ministry program. It is designed for use in secured facilities allowing for presentation in the presence of minimal competing entities such as gang activities, video games and other such distractions for the youth to choose from while incarcerated.
The Torch program encourages youthful offenders to realize their potential by creating a safe environment that allows them to learn what life in a loving caring and trusting community can be like.
The operational foundation of this holistic program is weekly one-on-one mentoring with formal and structured mentoring guides with 62 weekly sessions. There are guides for boys and for girls that, where applicable, address gender specific concerns. The guides are flexible and can be adjusted to address specific needs of the individual child as determined with the assistance of the facility counselors.
For state wide and/ or general information, please contact Bill Salser. For specific information about activities with either of the two active communities please contact the Advisory Council Chairs directly.
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