Breakaway Outreach is a faith based (Christ-centered) 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Jimmy and Cindy Larche, serving at-risk youth, underprivileged children, and under-served communities.
Jimmy Larche was a teenage runaway who found life-changing hope while locked up in a Florida juvenile detention center in 1987. Through intentional mentoring relationships, he found emotional, psychological, and spiritual resilience in rebounding from a childhood of abandonment and abuse. He later dedicated his life to helping kids in crisis “breakaway” from cycles of despair, hopelessness, and delinquency.
Breakaway Outreach was founded in 1995 and launched as a small group Bible study with four teenagers in a south Florida juvenile detention center. That little Bible study became a “community” group attended regularly by all forty boys in the juvenile center. These Bible studies were introduced in five more youth facilities across south Florida over the next couple of years.
In 1998, through our innovative sports outreach and aftercare/re-entry solutions for young people being released from juvenile programs, the ministry rapidly expanded into more facilities statewide.
In 2000, we began facilitating training workshops throughout the country, offering effective models in ministering to incarcerated youth, and helping local churches and willing volunteers launch Bible studies and chaplaincy ministries in residential youth facilities. These workshops were offered in tandem with our Breakaway Experience programs in juvenile institutions. By 2002 our network had grown to 13 states.
In 2003, our video production ministry was born. By producing cutting-edge, gospel-centered video resources featuring testimonies geared specifically toward at-risk youth, BreakawayTV became an invaluable tool for ministry to incarcerated youth around the globe (with some episodes even being translated into Russian and Chinese).
In 2005, Chattanooga, Tennessee became our headquarters as we continued to train and mobilize churches around the country for juvenile detention center ministry and aftercare/re-entry strategies. Local and global partnerships were fostered as we pursued models that could help turn the tide of delinquency and poverty by reaching high-risk children at an earlier age before they became products of the “system.”
In 2007, we launched our summer camp for prisoners’ kids, younger siblings of incarcerated teens, and other high-risk kids with the aim of reaching younger children before they ended up in the system. Our Kidz Camps have not only produced year-round mentoring relationships leading to real life transformation with kids, we have seen entire families restored as we come alongside of them and minister reconciliation through the Gospel. Our camp model is now being reproduced in other parts of the country as well.
In 2010, we launched our mobile ministry in low-income and under-served neighborhoods throughout the Chattanooga metro area, offering Backyard Bible clubs, after school programs, tutoring, food and clothing distribution, and other holistic approaches in bringing hope and resiliency to distressed communities.
Today, Breakaway Outreach pilots a myriad of gospel-centered outreach initiatives for children and families in distress, including:
- Juvenile justice ministry, aftercare and re-entry network
- Adventure camps and retreats for at-risk youth and underprivileged children
- Outreach in low-income neighborhoods and under-served communities
- Mentoring relationships, youth leadership development
- Holistic ministry to homeless children, kids displaced due to domestic violence
- Global missions teams serving gospel-destitute young people
- Urban serve projects, inner city revitalization
- Leadership training, discipleship resources, and Bible curriculum for kids in crisis
- Church partnerships, volunteer networking, outreach training workshops
Contact us if you’d like to learn more about how to join our team or bring some of these initiatives to your area!
As an evangelist and international Gospel communicator, Jimmy continues to travel and speak to youth and adults all across the globe, declaring God’s glory and Christ’s redemptive work through our pain, suffering, and brokenness. Find out more about Jimmy’s books, speaking engagements, and booking info here.