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Vince Gordon

Area Director Inner-City Jackson

Young Life

HQ Phone:  (214) 364-5800

Email: v***@***.org

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Young Life

111 N Greenville Ave Ste G

Allen, Texas, 75002

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, trust...more

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Background Information

Employment History

Also Minister

Mississippi School for the Deaf


Affiliations

Navy

Cook


Education

Lanier


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Brian Emory | Mississippi RBI

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. 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.


http://www2.wjtv.com/news/2012/sep/28/teen-pregnancy-summit-ar-4649301/

"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.


http://mississippirbi.com/about/?pagename=about

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. 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.


From the Grapevine

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. 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.


mcherald.com: Serving Madison County, Mississippi

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.


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