Young Life

Rating: 4.78 stars   283 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Philanthropy

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  

8 people found this review helpful

In high school Young Life provided me with a community of trust and non judgement which was so hard to find other places. I learned about Christ and started a relationship with him in a setting that was not comprised of pressure or fear. I now am a leader myself, and it is the best thing that has happened to me. I would not be the happy, christ filled person I am today without Young Life, the support it has given me, and the rekindled trust in others.

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

The inspirational speakers at retreat weekends and camps.

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

The camps, the faith renewing speakers, hilarious programs and skits, and thrilling activities.

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

helpful, loving, energetic, giving

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

Bring others closer Christ and find hope when they are embedded with discouragement. This love for others could be spread through out the world, and would financially assist their camps and programs everywhere which are life changing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

New to young life, I am loving the experience of being a leader. I have been blessed to get to know the high schoolers at club. It is truly an amazing ministry that reaches a lot of kids every year by their outreach.

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

Meeting up with kids at their sports events and realizing that they are just excited to have someone there cheering them on.

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

it could reach 10 million more kids.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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12 people found this review helpful

younglife isn't a nonprofit targeted toward one group of people. This ministry is one that gives to anyone in every stage of life. It doesn't help people find a better earthly life but helps them find an eternal life in Christ Jesus. A gift that can never be matched.

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

my day to day life. Living to be a person worthy of the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. And seeing others whether they be adult leaders or high school /middle school participants feel worthy in this world that tells us we're insufficent.

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

The joy on people's faces when they realize there are people out there who care about them genuinely, whether they take the road to Christ or not, they are immensely loved in this ministry.

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

real, kind, and called.

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

change our lives here on earth and who we get to be with after we pass.

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About every week

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2009-9-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Young Life since my freshman year of high school. I had older girls come alongside me and take me under their wing, making me their little sister and mentoring me even after they had graduated. They showed me Christ's love in a very real way, and continue to be a big part of my life. I am now graduating from college and have spent the past two years volunteering as a leader at a high school. I now have my own "little sister" and have been so blessed by the relationships Young Life has helped foster and the spiritual growth and development it encourages. I have grown in my faith both by the opportunity to be mentored and by being stretched in mentoring to others. Young Life is an incredible organization carrying out Biblical truths and commands to love Christ and love others.

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

my own life and in those around me. Through Young Life I have built relationships both through being mentored and through mentoring. These relationships are some of the most important ones in my life and have made a huge impact on my faith walk!

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About every week

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2009-9-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Young Life is a world class organization that makes a difference in the lives of adolescents. I was a high school kid weary of anything religious, and I found a personal love for God through Young Life.

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

Kind, empathetic, and genuine individuals from all walks of life. They really care for me.

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About every week

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2009-9-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I went to a YL camp in 2004 there I met Christ. To this day I am a volunteer leader. This summer (2009) I worked as an intern at the same YL camp I met Christ at. I got to see first hand that Young Life is doing everything it can to reach kids. YL spends every penny and even second doing the work required to change the world through kids.

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

Studs all of them!

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About every week

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2009-9-01

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13 people found this review helpful

Where else could you possibly experience the love of Christ, wearing a pink mullet wig, an overly flowered neon mumu, huge clown sunglasses, while flaeling old gramma scarves around in the air, and dancing out of control to some old retro music with a beat that know one knows, but everyone loves??? HAS TO BE YOUNG LIFE! And all this wrapped up perfectly in friendships that walk hand in hand with The One who loves us most...Jesus! There is no greater joy! I've been blessed in my life to experience the love of Young Life first hand as a highschool kid who went to club/Malibu(1992) where my heart was forever changed, healed, and called to more than I could ever imagine. And it has been an awesome privelege to earn the right to build new, eternal friendships with many kids, who just like me learn the greatest love story ever told, Young Life style! YUP...THAT'S YOUNG LIFE!

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

My life, my husbands life, our kids, and the lives of many kids who like us have been touched by Christ through the mission of Young Life.

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

Every little part of it, every big part of it, the ups, and the downs. I have considered it all pure joy to be a part of something so powerful in bringing hearts to Jesus through real relationships.

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

EXCELLENT! Young LIfe strives for excellence in every aspect of the mission, every tiny little detail is done with excellence, and this is sooo evident in the family of those who serve in Young Life!

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

do everything it is already doing. The faith of the mission of Young Life is not in money, but Christ, and in Him we have more riches than this world can measure.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Young Life has inspired my children, has spent precious time and energy loving on the youth in our town, and made a positive impact on those who watch the volunteers serve. My husband and I have served on our local YL committee for the past 5 years and have loved every minute of helping the leaders. They are amazing!

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

truly amazing. The college students who have volunteered to serve in our community spend over 20 hours a week... EACH... reaching out to our youth, being their friends, earning their trust, and sharing their love with the kids in our town.

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About every week

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2009-9-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Young life has changed my life from the first contact. Since 7 years ago being a student to now a leader. Without it i do not know where i would be.

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

my daily life and seeing the impact on many kids.

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

the quality of people involved.

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

outstanding and always a good time.

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

reach kids all around the world

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About every week

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2009-9-01

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13 people found this review helpful

Being apart of YoungLife is the MOST positive and fulfilling opprtunity that I've ever been given. It's ALL about serving others and being apart of something that is much bigger than yourself! YoungLife has evolved me!!

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

my relationship with God.

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

not be any happier.

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

building and maintaining relationships w/ adolescence.

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

friendly, god-fearing and cooperative.

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

invest in a lifetime of nonprofit ventures.

Ways to make it better...

I learned about it sooner.

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

monetary related.

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

YoungLife is the best thing that ever happened to urban Jackson.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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