Churches in the minority community are considered crucial to reaching the youth in danger. A great example is a group of pastors, who've formed the "Community Connection Project."
Their first effort is to target young men, ages 18 to 36. They're buying up blighted houses, then hiring unemployed youth to rehab them. And during that 8 hour day, they're slipping in a half-hour each day of Bible study.
"To help them you have to get their attention, the housing is to get their attention," said Pastor John Crosby of Bethel Apostolic Church. "Then you encourage them that they can do better than this. They may not want to hear it. I have a young man right now who says, 'I didn't like going to church, but now I like it.'"
The group says this is just the beginning of something they hope will be a re-commitment on the part of churches, to a generation which seems to be searching, and finding, all the wrong answers.