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September 8, 2009

I had never even heard of YL until 2 years ago when I was invited to a leader picnic to "check it out." Let's just say the people I met were magnetic as I became deeply involved as a dedicated YL leader over the last two years, working with kids who wanted to learn about Jesus, just hang out and be themselves, or had no one else to talk to in their lives. Through weekly clubs which involves games, singing, and a scripture from the Gospel to weekend "resort like" camps where they're in fellowship with other YL groups to bi-weekly Bible studies and high school sporting events, I was able to be a mentor to high schoolers that wanted to voice their fears, optimism, and goals of life to someone. I would consistently receive a mix of facebook messages, texts, and late night phone calls ranging from wanting to invite me to catch up during lunch to the bad news of the loss of a friend. Over the time deep relationships are formed that are truly special. The bonds I created with the 9 guys from my small group are stronger than I have with many of my friends because the discussions can be very raw and genuine, and even though they are at college now we still talk on a frequent basis. This is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life, and through YL I have seen many lives impacted and forever change in ways that sometimes I can only describe as miracles. And while I may not immediately see the fruit of my involvement with each of those 9 young guys, and beyond that the countless other teenagers I came in contact with, each of them know they have someone they can trust in their lives to turn to. And sometime on their journey God will do something with the seed that was planted, whether during club or camp or conversation, during the time they spent with YL - and he'll do something powerful with it.

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

watching the kids involved mature, make better decisions, and share experiences that normally they might hold back. The atmoshpere YL creates enables these kids to break molds high school creates and pushes them to examine who they truly are called to be

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure volunteers were on the same page as far as expectations of them and the org. are concerned. When the leaders aren't on the same page, that trickles down and has an impact on the kids.

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

the relationship I've created with each of my guys. Going in I thought it would be something like teacher/pupil, but I know consider each a close friend. And along the way we had so much fun and grew threw many challenges together.

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

very outgoing, well grounded, and typically good people. There are many types of people in YL, from goofy to serious and off the cuff to planners, but each are really friendly and encouraging people.

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

change the lives of thousands of junior high and high school students, as well as pregnant teens and mentally handicapped young adults, in ways that are not quantifiable. The impact YL has on peoples lives is can be considered no less than monumental.

Ways to make it better...

the other leaders and YL staff had been as genuine and willing as the kids. As in every org., politics plays a role and not everyone shares the same vision as what YL outlines on its website.

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

breaking through to the kids who may need it the most. All kids imo need Jesus and a mentor, but we did a better job of connecting with the outgoing, visible kids, and not the ones sitting alone in a corner somewhere.

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

The staff, committee, and area director for YL in your area set the tone for the leaders and kids. I've had good and bad experiences based on who had those positions. Meet with them and look past words to actions and past results to get a good idea.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 8, 2009

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!!

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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.

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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

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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....

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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.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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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!

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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!

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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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.

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

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

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 8, 2009

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.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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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!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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