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October 1, 2009

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October 1, 2009

In 1991 I lost my husband and faced raising two teenage boys alone. I felt so overwhelmed and turned to God for His help. He led my son to Young Life at Sumner High School and I could see He had answered my prayer. The raelly amazing part of this story is that He had even bigger plans. My son stayed involved and God called him to serve. You can now find my son in Rescue, California serving as ElDorado County Area Director for Young Life. I don't want to think how differently his life would have been if he hadn't had Young Life to help influence him. I thank God daily for leading my son to Young Life and for the leaders in Young Life that rach out to these kids.

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

my own child.

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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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October 1, 2009

I have been involved with young lives for one year working with teen moms to see them mature and care for their babies and continue their education as well as accept Jesus Christ in their life and develop the relationship with God has been a Joy. I was not able to attend camp but the girls who have told me about it had many positive experiences.

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

working with teen moms seeing them mature and learn to parent their babies

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

the prayers the week before club and the support between the leaders and the teens and babies are a real joy

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend with the teens but am working on this and plan to mentor a mom this year

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Young Life is a nonprofit that produces the most change in teens life than any group I have ever had experience with. I have been involved with Young Life as a high school student, going to clubs & 3 camps. Then throughout college & grad school I was a leader & student staff. Being involved in young life has had a life changing effect on my life, and the lives of countless others. Camps are awesome and are 5 star resorts. Anyone involved in Young Life has an honest love for teens and for Jesus.

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

being a high school student in need of a purpose in life and discovering my purpose in life is rooted in knowing God, and I found that through Young Life

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

start more Young Life areas in more towns.

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

the honest, pure, fun approach to life. Showing others that being a Christian isn't about following a list of rules, but having a relationship with God and living life to the fullest.

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

honest, friendly, loving and caring.

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

reach soo many more teens, be able to start ministries in towns where it is just waiting to flourish.

Ways to make it better...

more of my friends could have come to camp with me...money was a factor.

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

funding

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

Young Life has always been a responsible group with money. It is always carefully planned and budgeted for everything. Yet, at the same time they don't cut corners, quality is important.

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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October 1, 2009

I started Young LIfe in the 6th grade and went to every club and every camp I could until I graduated. I was eager to become a leader once I got to college. I went through QUEST and became a middle school leader at the middle school I attended as a kid. I love YoungLife. I love meeting new kids and seeing them at our club meeting every Tuesday night! YoungLife camps are five-star! They are so strategic from their speakers and messages to the games and music played! It is truly LIFE CHANGING! Life is meant to be lived through valuable relationships; With God and with people.

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

my life. through the people i have met and how my relationship with the Lord has grown.

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

are the people ive gotten to know and work with, the children i get to interact with, and also the fun events, clubs, and camps we all get to take kids to.

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

outgoing, passionate, lovable, and willing to sacrifice for the kids. They work hard, and work together. They have always known how to have a good time and how to get the job done right. They are a beautiful picture of Jesus.

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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October 1, 2009

I have been fortunate to be involved with Young Life as a high school student, a leader, a staff member, and now a member of my local committee. Not only was I impacted signific?t it has greatly impacted my personal and spiritual growth throughout my years of leadership. I am so blessed to be a part of this organization and I don't think I could ever stop being involved. I am employed now with another non-profit, but I remain completely passionate about Young Life and the way God uses it to change lives!

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

In my own life! Young Life's ministry has kept my focus on Christ and kept me accountable for my decisions.

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

From a professional's perspective, step outside the "Young Life culture" and present the organization more professionally to those that are unfamiliar with it. Fun is great, but when individuals have no Young Life history, it may not be received properly.

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They make Christ fun! It's been challenging at times, but overall my experience has brought me much laughter and joy.

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

Young Life has extraordinarily NICE people. They glow with Christ's love.

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

Change trillions of lives!

Ways to make it better...

My internship experience on staff was staffed with stronger leadership.

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

Volunteer leaders that don't take their role seriously can damage individual's view of the organization; internship programs that aren't run properly can also frustrate those considering staff positions.

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

I've never felt closer to the Lord than when I am on Young Life's camp properties. There is a certain calm and a realness there that is like nothing I've experienced elsewhere. It's how we were created to live!

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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October 1, 2009

Young Life is such a life changing experiance! ive seen lifes change right in front of my eyes! through YL ive been given opertunities i would NEVER have any where else. i have meet the best people, i am sure, in the world, who are certinaly life long friends. YL is a piller when you need to lean on somthing, its the asurance that your life will be okay. YL has pulled me out of dark times all through amazing experiances! i have no clue where i would be without such an organization, i do know i would not be as strong and far as i am today!

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

every day life, i worked at Rockbridge doing work crew in 2009

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

none

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

the fact i got to serve thousands of teenagers, and give them the experiance i had the summer befor, all for free

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

INDESCRIBABLE!! they were so nice, they deffiantly became my family away from home!

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

continue to show christ to other kids all aroung the world, change lifes, and help pull teens out of a dark life.

Ways to make it better...

i wouldnt have changed a single thing

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

staying on top, life gets a little hecktic, meeting every week can be hard, but always worth the time

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

The Young Life people are some of the nicest, welcoming people ever. they deserve all the recantion they get

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 30, 2009

I was first a part of Young Life as a high school student, and have gone through being a volunteer leader in middle schools and high schools. I had opportunities to be a summer staff volunteer and a camp property intern at two camps. I have seen my family changed, as well as the lives of numerous other students. I have also had the chance to see Young Life staff reach out to kids in other parts of the world, especially through serving in Central America for three months. As I am now in the process of going on full-time staff in Latin America, I am constantly reminded of how a heart for teenagers and desire to walk through life with them, sharing the love of Christ in a mentoring relationship, crosses cultural borders. While the day-to-day ministry may look different depending on the country and particular community, the core elements of Young Life ministry still exist, as staff and leaders are seeking to shine light in the lives of youth who are so consistently bombarded by darkness in the world around them. One of the ways I could see the scope of this organization's impact growing, not only here in the United States but around the world, would be through continued partnerships with other like-minded organizations and churches. The more those who have a desire to invest in the lives of teenagers can join together in reaching out to them, the stronger the foundation will be to share the hope and joy we have will be.

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

seeing a teenager's eyes and life light up when they see a familiar face in the crowd of a Young Life leader who has invested time to hear their story, invite them to a weekly meeting or Bible study or camp. They know they matter.

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 30, 2009

I am a senior in high school and have been a part of Young Life for two years, the BEST two years of my life might I add. I grew up in a Christian home, though my family wasn't very active, but Young Life helped me to take my relationship with Christ into my own hands. I now am a student leader, or "campaigner," in the group and attend weekly bible studies. My favorite part of Young Life isn't the fun games, great messages, or dedicated leaders. Although all these are fantastic, my favorite part of Young Life is watching high school students meet Christ and change their lives around. There are countless numbers of kids that have passed through my school who have gone from spending their Friday nights drinking and getting into trouble, to using their free time for volunteering, studying, and fun less-destructive activities. Another favorite part of Young Life is the acceptance of all people. The kids involved in YL are willing to cross social boundaries that most aren't willing to. It AMAZES me how loving and accepting the kids involved in Young Life are! My favorite story is of a girl whose parents are divorced, and whose mother has cancer. Her first years of high school were spent searching for some sort of comfort in her life. Young Life helped her to find Christ and comfort. Her life is now free of destructive activities and full of love and peace. What a gift this organization has been for students!

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

willing to do ANYTHING for the benefit of the kids that they serve. And have certainly done so for me. They hang out with high school students because they want to, cook dinner for them, give them rides just to lend a hand. How loving!

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 30, 2009

I went to YL in high school and later in college was a volunteer leader in North Carolina. I then went on to help start YL in Greenwood, S.C. and volunteered there as well. I later moved to Nth Carolina and went on staff for YL. I have personally seen YL save lives. I have seen kids lost in the craziness of their own lives learn to make better choices because a YL leader served as a positive role model for them. My one incredible story that stands out is when a kid at a pretty rough school was going to be arrested for starting a fight. The kid was suposed to go to a YL camp for the weekend. I personally went and asked if we could just have the kid for one weekend....to show him life....good clean fun....that kid came with us to a YL camp and was a different kid by Monday. He truly turned his life around! Young Life is about building relationships! Young Life is about good clean fun! Young Life is about people volunteering to give their lives away so that our youth might have a chance. Young Life does an incredible job in helping teenagers!

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

my own life and seen this organization change lives for the better!

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

they reach kids in a phenonmenal way!

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

quality people!

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

reach out to more kids! Turn more kids lives around!

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 30, 2009

I was first introduced to Christ through Young Life nearly 20 years ago, and obviously - it ROCKED MY WORLD and CHANGED MY LIFE. Through the years I have done what I have been able to do to continue to give back and serve such a beautiful ministry that is so close to my heart for obvious reasons. Young Life reaches out to the farthest unreachable kid and let's them know they are loved by people here, and most importantly by a God who is just dying to spend time with them. Kids today -- SOOO need to hear that and feel that and KNOW that. The great thing about YL is that it speaks to kids in 'their language' so they can hear it too and if they don't get the whole 'Jesus thing' or choose not to listen, that's OK too - they are still loved and welcomed with the open arms of their leaders and Jesus who died on the cross for them. As a Young Life student - a camper at Woodleaf and Malibu - a work crew worker - a leader while in college and now a leader as I begin to watch my own family grow - I am filled with joy and I continue to grow spiritually each day by being a part of it all. God Bless the ministry and the volunteers and workers who have dedicated their hearts, homes, lives and prayers to reaching the unreachable teens out there!!!

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

devoted, loving and gentle. Most of all, they were WILD, wacky and loved 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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