Breakaway Outreach is a gospel-centered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Jimmy and Cindy Larche.
In 1987, Jimmy encountered the life-changing hope of the Gospel in a Florida juvenile detention center when he was 16-years old. He experienced new life as a result of intentional mentoring relationships. After rebounding from a childhood of abandonment and abuse, he dedicated his life to helping kids in crisis breakaway from cycles of despair and hopelessness.
Breakaway Outreach was founded in 1995 and launched as a small group Bible study with four teenagers in a south Florida juvenile detention center shortly thereafter. That Bible study quickly grew to include all forty boys in the juvenile center. Within a year, we were holding Bible studies in five youth facilities around south Florida.
In 1998, through our innovative sports outreach and aftercare solutions for young people being released from juvenile programs, the ministry rapidly expanded statewide.
In 2000, we began doing training workshops throughout the country, offering effective models in ministering to youth in crisis, 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 campaigns 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, our headquarters were moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where we began several new initiatives to turn the tide of delinquency and poverty by reaching high-risk children at an earlier age. Some of these initiatives included outreach to low-income neighborhoods, after school programs in under-served communities, and mentoring relationships for children of prisoners.
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 around the country.
Today, Breakaway Outreach pilots the International Network of Justice Ministries and fosters a myriad of gospel-centered outreach movements 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, missional 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!