To intervene in the lives of those who fall between the cracks of existing education, economic, family and religious resources & help them successfully navigate to a positive life experience through meaningful Christian relationships.

Our Focus

  • Making relationships, opportunities, and resources that count for youth and families towards God’s kingdom.
  • Education: A space for students who are suspended or expelled from school to experience peace, restoration, academic progress, personal growth.
  • Jobs: Part-time jobs for youth, along with capacity building workshops and connections with opportunities for their future.
  • Fitness: Space and personal coaching for boxing, weightlifting, and cardio fitness; fostering positive relationships and a release for all ages and skill levels.
  • Mentorship: Connect youth and helpful adults in intentional 1-on-1 relationships towards mutual growth and genuine kinship.

Our Founder – Pastor Willie J. Watt, Jr.


Willie J. Watt, Jr. is the Founder and Executive Director of Escape YFGK (Youth For God’s Kingdom), an urban ministry for youth and their families.  In 2009 he founded Escape YFGK a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based on a passion to meet young people where they are at and empower them towards a full life. He is especially passionate about helping the houseless, gang prevention and intervention, sports, diversity, social justice initiatives, and his wonderful family.

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