Lead Your Students Into God’s Heart for Justice and Equip Them to End Slavery in our Lifetime

Your students know they live in an unjust world—they hear about it on the news, in their classrooms and from their friends. But what they might not know is that God cares about injustice and that he has an important role for them to play. As a Youth Leader, you are in a unique position to raise up a justice generation that has the convictions and insights to help end slavery in our lifetime. At IJM, we are here to serve you as you seek to transform the hearts of students and lead them into the work of justice.

The Fight to End slavery Creates a Deep Bond Among Students

Youth Groups from Cedarbrook Community, Redeemer Lutheran and Seneca Community in Maryland have decided to partner together on a year-long campaign to increase awareness about modern day slavery and to raise funds to partner with IJM to rescue slaves.

Your students can join them by participating on our

National 24JE weekends: 2017: March 10-11, and October 13-14 (or choose your own date)

National 24 Hour Justice Experience Dates:
March 10-11, 2017
October 13-14, 2017
(or choose your own date)

In a mere 24 hours, you can transform the hearts of your students and make a global impact. By hosting the 24-Hour Justice Experience (24JE), you can make modern-day slavery real through teaching and hands-on activities. Your youth will serve their community, fund rescue and join a movement of students ending slavery. We’ll provide you with a free downloadable 24JE Leader’s Guide and all the tools you need to place students onto the frontlines of the anti-slavery movement.

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Youth Ministry Partnerships

Christ In Youth (CIY) and IJM are partnering to bring the work of justice to thousands of middle and high school students across the country. In one unique aspect of this partnership, students on CIY’s Engage the World mission trips to Cambodia and the Dominican Republic will see IJM’s work first-hand. Visit the CIY Engage the World website to learn more!

NEW Student Tool

There are more slaves in the world today than there were during the years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Student can make a difference by raising funds and bringing freedom to those living in slavery today with our new GiveChange tool.

Using the many different tools IJM offers has helped me to teach my students what it truly means to partner together in fulfilling the missional calling of Jesus. To speak and act on behalf of those who can’t. The 24-Hour Justice Experience has been an awesome tool to help inform, enlighten and challenge students to look beyond their personal lives.

– Scott Jagodzinske, Director of Youth & Missions at First United Methodist Church, Salina, KS

It started with a really great network of area youth workers who combined resources to conduct a 24-Hour Justice Experience together. It’s been a three year journey, but after the 24JE, IJM’s Stand for Freedom and a whole slew of other local and international justice and compassion projects, our students led the way during Freedom Sunday this year.

– Jonathan Der, Student Ministry Pastor at Seneca Creek Community Church, Gaithersburg, MD

Resources for Leaders & Youth


10 Minute Moments: Seeking Justice Devotional

This student devotional offers 31 daily readings, questions and action steps to make a life-changing difference in the world.

10 Minute Moments: Seeking Justice Leaders Guide

This 5 week leader’s guide is to be used when using the Seeking Justice devotional as part of your small group curriculum.


This student-run fundraising tool invites students to use their gifts, skills, and talents to change the reality of those living in the slavery today!

  Download the Toolkit

New Student Tools

Aullido Film and Discussion Guide

Based on the true story behind a landmark legal case in Guatemala by the International Justice Mission, Aullido displays what can happen when youth are bold in the face of injustice and how those in power can stand on their behalf.

This downloadable guide includes everything you need for your youth group event, including: Pre-film screening preparations, Vimeo link and password, and discussion questions with various size group options. Time needed: 60-75 minutes.

  Aullido Film and Discussion Guide – Christian Audience version
  Aullido Film and Discussion Guide – Public School Audience version

Evil and Suffering; 5 week curriculum – by Brian Cress & Brock Morgan

Today’s student really struggles with evil and suffering. With the advent of the internet, we are able to see our world in a whole new light.  The problems that we used to be aware of now pale in comparison to the evil and suffering found in the world that we are now able to access.  This curriculum poses a specific set of questions for young people about God’s role in the world and in their own life. 

This downloadable five week NEXT curriculum includes: Student Leadership Meeting, Four Topical Lessons with Small Group Questions, Slide templates for PowerPoint, Keynote, ProPresenter, MediaShout, and video links.

Questions to Live By - A Life of Justice (10 Sessions – Student Curriculum by Brian Cress and Monty Hipp)

Questions to Live By – A Life of Justice is a discussion-oriented, thought-provoking, action-taking student curriculum to help you and your students take a closer look at how much God cares about injustice and the important role he has for them to play. Questions to Live By will help them move from ambiguity to action and International Justice Mission will provide insight and solutions on the issues of justice.

This 10-session curriculum is designed and adaptable for use by: students, Christian schools, youth groups, youth workers, youth pastors, small groups, life groups, churches, after school programs, parents, leaders, and individuals.

For School Teachers

This curriculum helps schools teachers educate students about the realities of modern-day slavery and mobilizes their class to take action.

Meet the Director of Youth Mobilization

Brian Cress

Director of Denomination and Youth Mobilization