What is Young Life?
Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults who are 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 and consistency. So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids-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 alongside them, sharing God's love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God's love for them, will impact future decisions...careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.
Young Life brings the good news of Jesus Christ into the lives of adolescents with an approach that is respectful of who kids are and hopeful of who they can be. "Every adolescent will have the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ and follow Him." We do that through Contact Work, Club, Campaigners and Camp.
Who is Young Life for?
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 refer to our ministry to kids with disabilities as Capernaum
and to our work with teen moms as YoungLives