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Mr. Vince Gordon

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Area Director

Young Life Inner City
Phone: (719) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Young Life
P.O. Box 520
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80901
United States

Company Description: Young Life Open Door is a ministry dedicated to opening the door of abundant life in Christ to teens with disabilities through caring friendships. We seek to...   more
Background

Employment History

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  • Director
    YoungLife Urban
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"As a minister I'd say the ...
www2.wjtv.com, 28 Sept 2012 [cached]
"As a minister I'd say the ABC's are to abstain, be faithful or deal with the consequences," adds Vince Gordon, the area director of Young Life.
mcherald.com: Serving Madison County, Mississippi
www.mcherald.com, 6 Feb 2007 [cached]
During the summit, Vince Gordon, urban director for Young Life of Jackson, put his philosophy of "if they can laugh while they're learning, it'll last" into practice.Gordon served as master of ceremonies.
Dressed as "Officer Do-Right," he arrived on a bright yellow mini-scooter to the tune of "Bad Boys" wearing fake glasses, faux chest hair, false teeth and toilet paper stuck to the bottom of his white shoes.He was armed with a cap pistol.
As icebreakers, he called students down to eat bananas blindfolded and to throw breakfast cereal at their teachers.
From the Grapevine
www.younglife.org, 21 Oct 2011 [cached]
When Vince Gordon started Young Life in Jackson, Miss., he had come full circle. He and his wife, Leila, had purchased a home right across the street from Gordon's old high school, smack in the middle of one of the most violent cities in the United States.
"When we moved into that neighborhood," Gordon said, "everyone wanted to know 'who is that guy?'" They remodeled the old home - an expansive unit in disrepair, nestled in a community most people were trying to leave.
Gordon started holding club in the home, and soon, he had kids coming over every day. Now, Gordon said, "everybody knows that's Mr. Gordon's neighborhood.
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Gordon wasn't so sure. He had served as a cook in the Navy, and he knew his way around the galley. Taneisha, called "Cookie" by her friends, persisted. "Mr. Gordon, I can cook for real," she said. "You can ask anybody!"
Thanksgiving was right around the corner. "I put the challenge to her," Gordon said. He told her he would purchase every ingredient she needed if she wanted to cook the holiday dinner in his kitchen.
Taneisha accepted. She worked into the night Thanksgiving eve, outrunning the sunrise and outlasting the volunteer leaders who had stayed to help. By morning, she had created a full meal, including cakes and pies, all made from scratch.
"It was perfect," Gordon boasted. "This was a young girl who was passionate about cooking."
He helped to nurse her culinary aspirations throughout her time in high school. "He encouraged me," Taneisha said, "giving me ideas, boosting me on. The teen mom who used to walk the school hallways with her head down learned to stand tall. "In Young Life, they teach you that no matter what people say about you, God loves you," she said.
"I like to be a 'real model,'" Gordon said. "A 'real model' is somebody whom a teenager can spend time with. They need to see how we handle problems, how we handle situations."
Today, Taneisha works at a downtown restaurant in Jackson, where she produces every item on the dessert board. Gordon reconnected with her when he stopped in for a meal last November. "She's one of their top cooks," he said.
"Young Life," Taneisha said, "changed my life. In a city rife with violence and poverty, she is quick to acknowledge the watchful protection of her heavenly Father. "He let me see 26, and there's some people who came from school with me who didn't make it to 26."
Gordon often recalls the decision to move to the inner city. "I love my job," he said.
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“Fast cars, fast motorcycles, fast women.” That’s how Vince Gordon describes his former lifestyle as a military policeman in Yokosuka, Japan.
Now 44, Gordon is the director of YoungLife Urban, the Jackson chapter of a national Christian youth group. Gordon says he was drawn to YoungLife for its “relational” approach, which emphasizes building relationships over handing out Bibles. Often wearing fake teeth or a wig while addressing young people, Gordon adheres to what he calls a “3-L Philosophy”: “If you’re laughing while you’re learning, it’s gonna last.”
Gordon grew up in South Central Los Angeles, the eldest of three children. While he stayed busy in high school with band and athletics, his younger brother hung around the notorious Bloods gang. When Gordon was 16, his mother moved the family to Jackson, and Gordon enrolled at Lanier High School.
“It was like my world came to an end, because there was nothing, nothing to do (in Jackson),” Gordon recalls.
He struggled to find his place at Lanier, until the principal, recognizing his dancing talent, bought a bulldog suit and made Gordon the first human mascot in the district. Gordon earned some minor recognition for his dancing skills with an appearance on the television show “Good Morning Mississippi.” Still, he was eager to join the Navy immediately after graduating in 1982. He worked on submarines for seven years before transferring to Japan for the last three years of his service. In Japan, Gordon became a born-again Christian and renounced the partying and drinking that had accompanied his service up to that point.
Gordon returned to Jackson in 1992 with his pregnant wife, Leila, and little else. He traded his Nissan Fairlady Z sports car and Kawasaki 900 motorcycle for a minivan and worked at a Church’s Chicken and a gas station, before finding work with a job-training program for special-needs youth.
“These were kids who just needed a chance,” Gordon says. “My job was to ensure that they did well once they got that chance.”
Gordon reveals his youthful side when showing off pictures of his car collection: a Corvette, a PT Cruiser and a custom-fitted, 1992 Toyota low-rider truck with hydraulics.
Because his house and sizeable garage sit across the street from Lanier, Gordon can give students visual evidence that success is possible in Jackson. His cars provide another lesson, too. Even as he acquires toys he once had to give up, Gordon has given away three cars to needy families.
“It’s the principle of reaping and sowing,” Gordon says, “giving away to get.
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COMMENTS
Mr. Gordon works very hard to help those in his community, and not just the kids at Lanier, but students throughout the metro area. KUDOs to Vince. Thanks for recognizing his commitment to his community and his passion to help.
Brian Emory | Mississippi RBI
mississippirbi.com [cached]
Working with Vince Gordon, who serves as the Area Director for Young Life Inner City here in Jackson, has given me many opportunities to see first-hand how inner city kids are often left out of activities.
Vince, who was raised in Los Angeles, has served in that role for nearly 10 years and he really has a heart for the youth of Jackson. His home is 20 feet from the doors of Lanier High School(he is an '82 graduate of LHS) and he empowers volunteer leaders like me to go with him into eight high schools in Jackson (also a teen prison ministry in Hinds county and the MS School for the Deaf) and use our own life experiences to help others.
We tell them of the amazing grace and love our Lord Jesus Christ covers them with. We meet for 30 minutes before they begin their day at school and hang out at the Perkins Centeron Robinson Road every other Wednesday for Club. Vince and the volunteers meet with students from Bailey, Callaway, Forest Hill, Jim Hill, Lanier, Murrah, Provine, and Wingfield high school's.
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Our Heavenly Father can answer all your questions in life and Vince (or Mr. G) and all of us volunteer leaders can tell them how He has changed our lives.
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