Young Life

Young Life’s mission: Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.

Young Life began with a few simple ideas about sharing the truth of God’s love with adolescents. Seven decades later, those simple ideas have become time-tested methods for reaching out to middle school, high school, and college students in friendship and hope.

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.

Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. Young Life leaders listen to their stories and learn what’s important to kids because these leaders genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.

Young Life leaders believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically influenced 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.

Young Life is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will have an impact on 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.

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