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 over night, they take time, patience, trust and consistency.
So Young Life Leaders log many hours with kids around the world, where they are as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what's important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.
We believe in the power of presence. Kids lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come along side them. Because their leader believes in them, teenagers begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
Everyone is welcome in Young Life! Our programs are custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of our organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students. We call our middle school program WyldLife. We also have clubs for teen mom's and kids with special needs.
Caring For Kids - Contact Work
Because kids don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Young Life leaders show they care by going where kids are, meeting them as they are, believing in who they can be. Within Young Life we call the persistent going out into the world of kids "contact work." But kids just call it friendship.
A Party with a Purpose - Club
What is it about Young Life Club that makes it the best night of the week? We like to think of it as a party with a purpose. It's controlled chaos that's almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about God's love for them. After all, that's what the celebration is all about.
The Best Week of their Life - Camp
Kids consistently tell us that Young Life camp is the best week of their life. That's a rousing endorsement! But how else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind-boggling fun and where you experience and listen to what we believe is the greatest love story ever told?
Question, Learn and Grow - Campaigners
Campaigners is a weekly gathering for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. We invite kids to actively follow Jesus Christ - and we're with them for the long haul to help them take those steps of faith with unconditional love. Along the way we encourage kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation.
The Local Board and Volunteer Leaders
Young Life is making a difference in the lives of kids around the world because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community. For every talented Young Life staff person their is a team of dedicated volunteer leaders who work directly with kids. In each community the local board is comprised of parents, Young Life alumni and civic leaders and provides a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for the local Young Life team.
Volunteer your time to work directly with young people.
Support the staff and leaders as part of the local adult committee.
Give resources to start or sustain the financial foundation at the local or national level.
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