Young Life

Rating: 4.78 stars   283 reviews

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Location: 420 N Cascade Ave Colorado Springs CO 80903 USA

Mission: The vision was born in 1938 when Jim Rayburn, a young youth leader in Texas, was challenged by his senior minister to focus on the local high school and pioneer a path to connect with non-churched kids. After exploring several possibilities, Rayburn decided that the best setting for the proclamation of the Gospel was at a Young Life club, held in the home of one of the kids. Club involved lively singing, a skit and a short talk about Jesus Christ. He believed every kid had a right to hear the message of Jesus Christ and decide how to respond to the Gospel. Young Life leaders provide kids with factual information for making good decisions. Leaders work hard to provide teenagers with the basic facts concerning Jesus Christ. The information is presented in a non-threatening manner in terms that kids can understand.Young Life leaders have the highest regards and respect for a young person's right to choose where matters of faith are concerned.
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I can hardly begin to express the postivie influence I have seen Young Life have on my own life, my friends, my family, and the high schoolers I have spent time with. High School can become a lonley place, even for someone with a lot of "friends" and my young life leader was one of the first people to really listen to my heart. She taught me so much about my worth and the Lord's love for me. In the last two years I have watched my younger sister transform from a girl on the "wrong" path, to someone who is running hard after God and having a postive influence on the people she meets. Instead of partying like most seniors in high school, my sister drives 45 minutes to watch a movie with one of her middle schoolers who had a bike accident. She loves with extravagance and was taught how to do that from her young life leader. This summer I was blessed with the opportunity to take some high school students to summer camp and watch the transformation as they bumped into Jesus. One of my girls was reserved and challengeing, but after literally feeling the holy spirit move after one of the talks she became a different person. Twenty mintues of quiet time literally changed her. I can't think of a better organization than that. One that looks after the hurting and broken youth and meets them right where they are.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate about taking care of kids and meeting them where they are. They are great role models

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Young Life leaders came to my high school in my senior year and their friendship, care and words of life in Jesus changed my path eternally! I have enjoyed God's calling in my life to do the same for other students over the years, but the greatest thrill is to feel God's pleasure when I walk with teens and they come to understand God's love for them. Young life is the best mission I have encountered to reach out to lost teens in any culture in the US and around the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own chaged life...making healthier choices, understanding spirituality, growing in self-esteem and finding my calling for life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendships we gain by working side-by-side as volunteers to bring teens to a point where they understand the choisces they have and often choose to follow Jesus.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach way more lost teens!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Young Life has an incredible way of making BIG and lasting impact, but doing it through long term relationships and a personal nature that lasts! Kids lives are changed forever! In addition to this, I am impressed by Young Life's global perspective. The reality of our world today is globalization on every level... and as God moves in the lives of teenagers all over the world, Young Life is there! I have seen it with my own eyes and was with Young Life volunteers and staff from 15 countries in Latin America last week! WOW! The impact, the excellence, the vision, the mission are incredible. They are reaching every kind of kid... popular, nerd, able bodied, disabled, pregnant, orphaned... every color, every language! As a donor, I am always impressed with the professionalism, integrity, and timeliness of their fiscal and minsitry reports. Young Life.... we were made for this!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Lives changed for eternity, lasting relationships with staff, volunteers, board members.... an incredible sense of community. Professionalism, great service, world class leadership training.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They maximize the use of volunteers and honor them well, allowing funding to be used where most needed... not having unnecessary salaries or budget items!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed, passionate, sacrificial, and integrous!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Train more leaders in more cities around the world to give more teens an opportunity to be mentored and loved, to have incredible experiences such as camps, socialization, and reach MORE countries! Young Life will grow with more funding...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Amazing staff and volunteers who care deeply about teenagers and the culture that is trying to destroy them. Young Life staff and volunteers reach out to unlovable kids, love them and build trusting relationships so these kids feel loved, acknowledged, and accepted enabling them to turn their lives in the right direction. What other organization in the world has such an impact? Transforming lives, giving hope and love and introducing kids to the most important person ever .... Jesus Christ! What an honor to be involved....

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own children's lives. They made a huge difference during a very difficult family tragedy. I don't know where my kids would be today without Young Life leaders and volunteers walking with them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

From spending time with kids at ballgames and in the lunchroom, to offering a weekly Club that makes them laugh and challenges them to get real about themselves and about Jesus, to offering them top quality camps for the "best week of their lives", Young Life impacts kids unlike any organization I know! I've seen the most skeptical kid begin a relationship with Jesus, and I've been able to walk with families through hard and devastating times. My experience with Young Life allows me to love kids and their families like Jesus loves them-regardless of their response- and almost always see them respond to Him positively!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing kids begin relationships with Jesus. Also, seeing kids learn to be in healthy relationships with each other and adults. YL impacts the schools as well-by providing positive role models and a safe place for kids to belong.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the number of monthly donors to offer relief for the staff from having to focus on fundraising. Then, the staff would be more free to be with volunteers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Almost everything- I love leading Club; I love being with kids; I love spending my summers at YL Camps and the perks of being on staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Honest. Mostly playful and fun, yet serious about their relationships with Jesus. Seeking to go deeper in their own walks with God, while pursuing kids who are intrigued by them, but uninterested in Truth. Relentless.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach so many more kids-foreign, teen moms, kids in suburbs, cities, rural. Also, YL could provide funding to local areas to take a little of the fundraising stress off local staff/committees.

Ways to make it better...

we had more volunteers-leaders and committee. In general, the more people involved, the greater impact Young Life makes in a community.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

having enough volunteers to be with the kids! Also, raising funds in this economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I did not know much about YL when I first got involved. Over the past 12 years, I've fallen in love with the mission and ministry! I believe YL is in a class by itself when it comes to reaching kids with the message of Christ.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I've been involved with Young Life for over 10 years. I first heard about God as loving and passionate about me at a Young Life camp when I as 14 and was hooked. I volunteered in high school and college. Then I went on to part-time staff and eventually full-time staff. Young Life has a great mission and has tapped into the lives of teenagers in a fun and exciting way. With a squirrely fourteen-year like me to thousands of teenagers all over the world, Young Life uses the message of Christ's love to change lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own life. It has helped shape who I am as a friend, daughter, sister, and follower of Christ.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

In a perfect world, we'd have the man power of a great army. We need more volunteers!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being involved in lives and having life-long friendships.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exciting and fun people who have a heart for hurting and broken teenagers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Send thousands more kids to camp for the best week of their lives.

Ways to make it better...

my experience was what it was...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the financial crisis.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I grew up with Young Life because my dad was an Area Director when I was younger however, even with my parents involvement, it wasn't until high school that the Lord really became the stronghold of my life and it was because a Young Life leader helped me turn head knowledge into heart knowledge. Work Crew, Summer Staff, and three summer internships later I'm married to an Area Director and am privileged to serve the Lord and kids with him. I've never been a part of any other ministry that strives to literally meet kids where they are whether that's in a cafeteria, on a basketball court, over ice cream, in a home, or even a hospital. I'm so blessed that the Lord has allowed me to work for the same ministry that (through the Lord's work) changed my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the transformation in kids lives from death to life in Christ Jesus.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the community of believers that walk alongside us as we minister to kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing people that love well and sharpen as iron sharpens iron.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I love Young Life because this organization is all about pointing teens to Christ. As a volunteer for the past seven years, and now the wife of a staff person, I've watched countless teens change and thrive because someone cared for them in a real way. The most unique aspect of the organization is YoungLives, an extension of the mission for teenage mothers. Few organizations offer such extensive assistance and mentorship for teen moms and their babies. The highlight of my year is volunteering at YoungLives camp on the Childcare Commitee every summer at Lake Champion.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuinely caring people who love the Lord.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach a LOT more teens! Open more camps! Extend to more countries!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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2009-9-01

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Young Life has impacted my life in so many ways. It impacted my life as a high-schooler, college kid, my family (siblings) & now my own kids. The leaders who live life with kids showing them Jesus & how He loves them impacts a whole community--1 kid at a time! I am so thankful for YL & the commitment of a group of adults willing to give themselves away for Jesus!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching kids go from death to life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Go places no one else will.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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2009-9-01

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Young Life knows exactly how to let kids have fun and be themselves in an obnoxiously fun environment. Coupled with caring leaders who invest themselves in the lives of the kids, it's a win-win group. High schoolers have a rough go at life in general, and when people around them don't encourage them or befriend them for who they are, it makes life even harder. Young Life goes above and beyond to meet that need, and in a way that is appealing to them. They host clubs every week, and camps in the summer and winter, and it is in those places that the kids truly are able to clear their heads of insecurities and just enjoy life and the people around them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

easily change the world.

Ways to make it better...

We had even more kids to impact

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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