WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE
Smarto, Youth Direct President received a call from the White House
inviting him to be a speaker at a White House Conference on Prisoner
Reentry. Don was chosen as a "front line expert" and a
person who has assembled a model juvenile program in America. Don
said "I am humbled by this honor and privileged to have an
opportunity to address faith-based solutions." The 1500 hundred
attendees on November 27th include social scientists, policy-makers,
legislators, corrections, and parole professionals from across the
country. Don is a nationally recognized authority on delinquency
and aftercare models. His books are used by hundreds of prison ministries
and at several colleges and universities.
Direct board member Tommy Sessums was awarded his earned Doctor
of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone
University in November 2007. Tommy has been active in prison ministry
for many years and is a Youth Direct board member. Dr. Sessums has
multiple certifications in areas including Substance Abuse, Family
Therapy, and Adolescent Therapy. He also is a member of several
professional associations. We are proud to be associated with such
an educated and professional individual. But most important, Tommy
has compassion and a heart for prisoners!
LEARN ABOUT CULTS
Sign up now for the well received training on CULTS.
Learn what to look for. Many inmates and youth are deceived. Cults
are not just extremes like David Koresch, but include Kabala, Scientology,
The Mormons, and the Freemasons. You will not want to miss this
important training opportunity!
9 am, JULY 21st, SATURDAY (Youth Direct Headquarters)
Call 972 572-8336 to register or send an email to
52 volunteers shared their
faith with the 54 boys in this Dallas facility on April 28th. Many
boys accepted Christ for the first time. Others, made a rededication
to Jesus as Lord. A drummer, an artist, and an illusionist captured
their attention and set the stage for one on one faith sharing.
Some of the great volunteers at Mart in February
Pennsylvania Speaking Tour 2007
will be speaking and preaching over twenty times from March 9th
- March 20th in Eastern Pennsylvania through the good graces of
Wayne Benjamin and Yokefellows Prison Ministry.
This is Don's 6th consecutive year of evangelism in Pennsylvania
and promises to be his best yet. Speaking opportunities include
County, State, and Federal jails and prisons, juvenile facilities,
drug programs, aftercare facilities, alternative schools, churches,
and youth rallies.
In addition to preaching, Don will conduct several Mentoring Workshops,
Parenting Seminars, Writing Seminars, and Overcomer Sessions.
Cities he will visit include Allentown, Bethlehem, Lord's Valley,
Reading, Frackville, Easton, Mowry, Lavelle, Pottstown, Wescosville,
Macungie, Rehresburg, and Harleysville. In addition, Don will meet
with correctional officials in Philadelphia, and New York City.
Don will travel over 1680 miles, and speaking over 40 times in
WHY YOUTH LOSE THEIR FAITH
This new 70 minute CD is from the radio program
Parenting Todays Youth. For only $5 plus shipping and handling
($2) we will rush a copy to you. Don explores:
- Why Youth Lose Their Faith
- Common Mistakes of Youth Pastors
- Relationships vs. Star Power
In 2006, Youth Direct has been in a Texas facility
every month. The number of volunteers continues to grow. Nearly
900 have been trained since the ministry began in 2001. Although
the budget is tight, we look to God and good friends to support
this faith-based work. The ministry takes no government money so
it is free to preach the gospel. No events have been cancelled because
of those who help and support us. Please consider a tax deductible
gift to Youth Direct so we can reach more troubled youth.
BILLY GRAHAM CENTER APPOINTMENT
Don Smarto has accepted an appointment to the Advisory
Board of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham
Center in Wheaton, Illinois. "I am honored to be working with
Dr. Karen Swanson (the IPM Director)" Don said. "This
is an important program and Dr. Swanson is a true professional".
Don was the founding director and served from 1984 - 1997.
A new and brilliant performer, magician Allen Dee
has been in 5 juvenile facilities with Youth Direct in 2006. "Allen
does more than magic" says Don Smarto, "he is a skilled
communicator and very effectively combines the art of illusion with
gospel commentary. He is one of the best I have seen". Allen
is also a businessman in Plano and overcame a difficult relationship
with his father when he was a youth. His strong personal faith is
evident to all who know him. Youth Direct is pleased to be associated
Youth Direct has just released two new CDs
|New Spanish Comic
much praised full color comic, "Where are you headed?"
is now available in Spanish.
Contact us to order
AFTERCARE is a 70 minute companion to Don's
popular book Keeping Ex-Offenders Free.
SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE PARENTING
Is a 70 minute CD that give practical advice about
raising difficult children.
Each CD is $10 and benefits the work of Youth