Our Vision

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

  • To be a Christian discipleship mentoring program.
  • To provide character building, social skills and team building activities.
  • To offer coaching for today’s job market with Michigan Works and Jobs+
  • To provide free counseling for students and their families.
  • To encourage students to explore their creative gifts.
  • To be a safe place for youth in the community.

Our Founder

Willie Watt

Willie J. Watt Jr.

Founder & Executive Director


Willie J. Watt, Jr. is the Founder and Executive Director of Escape YFGK (Youth For God’s Kingdom) an urban ministry for urban teens and young adults and their families. Willie is a member of Christ Memorial Church where he is studying to become a Commission Pastor. He founded the Open Arms ministry which has fed over 3,000 families in Ottawa County and met their basic needs. In 2009 he founded Escape YFGK a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that houses six programs to ensure that children who are expelled or suspended are afforded the opportunity to graduate on time with their high school diploma.

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