JOVEN-Juvenile Outreach and Vocational Educational Network was introduced in the summer of 1992 through the Benedictine Resource Center in response to the alarming rise of juvenile crime in Bexar County. With the help of Our Lady of the Lake, a $30,000 dollar seed grant and four staff, JOVEN’s founders were able to begin working in the community to fight the growing gang problem. Over time, through collaborative efforts with other local organizations and churches, JOVEN became a comprehensive agency that included outreach services, counseling, and structured activities for high-risk youth and their families.
JOVEN was incorporated 1995, and in 1996 registered as an independent non-profit minority, community based organization. JOVEN takes great pride in serving the community. Today JOVEN is recognized at the local, state and federal level as an innovative agency combating the problems and everyday issues of children and their families through education and support services. JOVEN’S programs are divided into four main groups: health education, prevention, intervention, and victims’ services.
We offer counseling to youth and provide educational opportunities in the areas of drugs and alcohol, abstinence from sex and life skills. All programming takes place in a school setting or at one of two agency facilities during after-school and out-of-school time (OST).
JOVEN is a strong supporter of higher learning. Our after-school program helps kids with homework and provides them with constructive activities designed to increase their interest in education. The summer camp program helps kids to stay active and involved while out of school.
We apply a holistic approach to each of the families that we serve. We help our families by providing them with whatever information and referrals they might need to help them and their children to live a better quality of life.
On November 10, 2016, JOVEN celebrated its 20 year anniversary as a non-profit organization. We hope to continue working with children and their families for many years to come.