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Mr. Vince Gordon

Area Director Inner-City Jackson

Young Life

HQ Phone: (719) 381-1800

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Young Life Inner City

Young Life

420 N Cascade Ave

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

United States

Company Description

Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight - they take time, patience, ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Director

YoungLife Urban

Also Minister

Mississippi School for the Deaf

Also Minister

Hinds County Sheriff's Office Reserves Unit

Education

Lanier

Lanier High School

Web References (14 Total References)


Brian Emory | Mississippi RBI

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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.


"As a minister I'd say the ...

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"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.


Working with my good friend Vince ...

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Working with my good friend 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.


Vince Gordon | The Heart of ...

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Vince Gordon | The Heart of a Father

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Vince Gordon, Area Director for Urban Young Life, really should have been a statistic.
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Although Vince's mother worked hard to provide for Vince, his younger brother and sister, he grieved the absence of a dad. Even then he made a vow that he would become the kind of father to his children one day that his father had never been to him.
Fast forward to 2012. Vince kept that vow many times over. Not only has he been, according to his daughter, Tran, an "extraordinary hero" to her and her brother and sister, but he has filled the role of father figure to countless others through his work with Young Life.
As Vince puts it, "My misery became my ministry."
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Vince showed promise as an athlete, had an outgoing personality and made good grades in school. She encouraged her son to join Cub Scouts and to play organized sports thinking the adults supervising these activities would help fill the void of an absent father.
As a ten year old, Vince was approached by two adult leaders, who were later found to be child molesters. "I was fortunate," says Vince, "in that I had a mother I could always talk to. I didn't hesitate to tell her, and she removed me from those activities."
However, he says the incident made him question himself, and as he hit the teenage years, he felt a great need to prove to himself that he was not gay. He had an appetite for rebellion, for fast girls, fast cars, and a rough life-style.
It was joining the band and playing high school sports that helped settle him down. Playing the drums in one of the finest high school marching bands in the entire country was a wholesome outlet and also an activity that took him on several amazing trips to places like the Rose Bowl, the Super Bowl, and a competition in Hawaii. Life was coming together for Vince, but his younger brother was starting to get involved with gang activity.
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Vince was crushed. There was not one thing he liked about Jackson. Despite the extended family all around, there was "absolutely nothing to do," he says.
He enrolled at Lanier High School and got a job at Popeye's Chicken on Livingston Road where he worked for the remainder of his high school career. He did not want to join the band because Lanier's band did not begin to compare with the band he had left behind in Los Angeles.
In a half-hearted effort to find his niche in his new school, he went to a dance following a football game that fall. Vince explains that he had some dance moves that caught the attention of his classmates as well as his principal, Mr. L.B. Buckley. Mr. Buckley was so impressed that he bought Vince a brand new "Bulldog" costume and made Vince the first human mascot in the Jackson Public School System. He danced in front of the band at all the football games and parades. Vince began to enjoy school again.
Damascus Road Experience
Vince graduated from Lanier in 1982, enlisted in the Navy and headed off to San Diego for basic training. He spent seven years in Charleston, South Carolina where he was a cook on a submarine. Military pay was good, and he acquired a taste for partying, sports cars, and motorcycles. He also met Leila, who became his wife.
Vince had always had an interest in law enforcement, so he jumped at the chance for a position as a military policeman in Yokosaka, Japan. He and Leila were young, footloose, and fancy free. They also thought they were rather invincible.
It was in Japan that Vince encountered a group of rather "radical Christians," as he describes them. They weren't "churchey," he says, "but they were relational. They seemed to really care about others and talked about the Lord as though they had an ongoing relationship with Him. On the one hand, Vince was drawn to them and on the other hand, he wanted to get as far away from them as possible.
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When a disgruntled co-worker accused Vince of gross misconduct and brought serious allegations against him, his attorney advised him to accept a plea bargain or risk significant prison time. The charges were completely false, and Vince refused to admit to something that he had not done. Still, it was a situation of his word against the co-worker's and there were no witnesses.
Suddenly, all Vince could think about was finding those Christians he had thought were such fanatics and asking them to pray for him. He was on his knees day and night begging God to intervene. "God, if you are real," he prayed, "Please help me and help me turn my life around."
Vince stood his ground and refused to plea bargain. Chances were slim and none that he would be able to prove his innocence. He needed a miracle, and he got one.
The trial began and a totally unexpected thing happened. His accuser was called to the stand and admitted under oath that the accusations were all lies. Vince was released. But he was not the same party animal he had been before. He knew God had intervened and Vince Gordon planned to spend the rest of his life serving Him.
God Opens New Doors
Vince left the Navy with an honorable discharge and moved back to Jackson in 1992. Choosing Jackson was really not his idea…it was God's. He had spent a lot of time praying about what God wanted him to do next, and he says it was only after a great inner struggle that he gave in to God's clear call. There was something God had for him to do right here, but God was not in a big hurry to show him what it was!
Vince and Leila were expecting their first child when they arrived with no job prospects and no place to live. They moved in with Vince's mother who lived in a tiny two bedroom house, but Vince vowed that he would have a job and a house before their baby girl was born.
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Vince bought his first house before Tranquility Gordon arrived on August 4, 1992. That house, Vince believes, was quite a God ordained gift in more ways than one.
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Dr. Perkins was often out walking in the early hours of the morning just about the time Vince was starting his prayer time.
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"He is definitely a spiritual father to me," Vince says. God brought other spiritual fathers his way in the next days and years. Bishop Ronnie Crudup of New Horizon Church has also taken Vince under his wing.
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Finding enough work was always a challenge, but Vince continued to believe that God had brought him back to Jackson with a specific job in mind. When a neighbor who ran an after school program approached Vince about driving a bus and picking up the children from school, he was glad for the opportunity. He was quickly attached to the children, many of whom reminded him of himself. Many did not have fathers, and he understood why they were so hungry for the attention he could give them. He found himself volunteering to do more than drive the bus. Vince discovered a real passion for working with kids and others recognized how the children responded to him.
When his church, Abundant Life and Bible Fellowship, partnered with Parkway Baptist to do a Summer School Spectacular that year, they asked Vince to head it up. That job led to an interview with Jackson Public Schools as they were hiring instructors and liaisons in their Work Experience Training project, a grant-funded program assisting special needs juniors and seniors with job related skills and employment opportunities. Vince was in his best form. He loved the interaction with the students, and he loved watching the positive transformations that occurred through relationship and through matching a youth with a job that fit their interest and skill level. "It was a beautiful thing," Vince says.
Three years later Vince was put in charge of the entire project.
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Vince asked and then mentioned the classified. "Is that job still open?"
The cheery voice at the other end of the line connected Vince with Winston Ford who was, at that time, Director over the urban arm of Young Life in the metro area.
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Vince accepted the invitation. Again he was thrown with young people who reminded him of himself. The kids without fathers gravitated to him, and he to them. He wanted to make a difference in the lives of these kids, and Young Life provided the perfect platform. When it came time to attend camp at Windy Gap, North Carolina that summer, Vince went along as a chaperone.


From the Grapevine

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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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