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  

4 people found this review helpful

I went to Young Life camp two years ago an angry, bitter kid. I came from an abusive home, and all I knew was anger. When I got to camp, for the first time I saw people who were genuinely happy. Halfway through the week, a guy stood up and shared a story that was a lot like mine. I wanted to know what the difference was between us. Why he was so happy and loving and free. I wanted that. So I talked to him, and he helped me realize that God is the difference. He is the one that takes anger and turns it into forgiveness. When we got back, my leader supported me in reporting the abuse, and got me out of that dangerous situation. It gave me room to grow and change. So, without YL, I'd still be that angry kid, stuck in an abusive house. I couldn't say I genuinely love both my parents, like I can now. I am free, and it's because Young Life offered me the chance to see the peace that was there all along.

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

My own life, the lives of the other Young Life kids I have met, and in the lives of the staff.

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

Give a better follow up for kids who become/are Christians. Young Life does outreach really well, but once you become a Christian, your leaders are really in charge of helping you figure out what that means in daily life.

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

The people. Everyone is so great, all the time. They all take extra time to love on those who don't deserve it. They go out of their way to help anyone in any way they can. They love on obnoxious teenagers. What ministry is harder,and cooler, than that?

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

Awesome. There aren't words to describe them. They lay down their lives for teenagers they haven't met and who will probably never thank them for it. And they do it out of love, with smiles on their faces. Amazing.

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

Reach so many more kids. It could open more camps, where many lives are changed. It could put a life-saving YL leader into more kids' lives. It could help fund sending more kids to camp who could never afford to go otherwise. It would give kids a chance.

Ways to make it better...

It had been longer. I never wanted it to end, never wanted to go back to the 'real world' outside of camp.

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

Awareness. I know that if people truly understood what Young Life is, they would be dying to help. Its contagious, the love of it. But people just don't know most of the time. They consider YL just another company trying to take their money.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I joined Young Life last year, my senior year of high school. And i absolutely loved it. Young Life helped me to become more outgoing and not be so afraid to talk to people. We'd play silly games where you had to get in front of everyone and do stupid things. But it really helped me loosen up in front of everyone. It was embarrasing but everyone there had done it. It also helped me get a lot closer to God and make the right kind of friends. Now my friends actually listened to what I had to say, and they treated me the right way. They also wanted me to work on my relationship with God. I got to experience Fall Weekend. It was the best weekend of my life. That was the closest I have ever been to God, and I wish I could do it again. I got to go to club every night. We got to sing and dance around and just act stupid. I remember one of my friends let me jump on his back so i could see everything. It was so much fun. I will definitly never forget Young Life or the people I met there. It was just an amazing experience.

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

so nice and supportive. They wanted to help me with any of my problems. And were always there cheering me on. Whenever I was having a hard time I knew I could go talk to them and they would know exactly what to say to make me feel better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

YoungLife goes out of their way to include students who may otherwise never have any personal connections. The leaders really reach out, and everyone has a lot of fun when they participate.

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

changing my personal life

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

not change anything

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

going to Crooked Creek Ranch in Colorado

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

very kind, involved, inclusive people. They go out of their way to make sure students feel loved.

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

impact so many kids.

Ways to make it better...

nothing changed

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

recruiting students

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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

i love younglife! all the counselors are amazing, and so fun. i get so excited every time i get ready to go. its a place you can have fun and be carefree, and everybody needs some of that. in one word, its perfect.

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

Florida

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

give it more money!

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

all the amazing people and the fun we have.

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

funny, really kind, like a big brother/sister.

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

help them get more money to do even more activities, and maybe even a field trip! that would be awesome, but they dont have enough money to! thats the sad part, because we love it all so much.

Ways to make it better...

it couldnt be, quiet frankly.

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

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

its awesome!!

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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7 people found this review helpful

Young Life has had an unbelievable impact in my life, and the lives of my friends. At Young Life i saw that life in Christ meant life to the full. Following Jesus is an adventure and Young Life showed me that, i'll forever be thankful.

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

many ways

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

it's an organization of excellence

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

wonderful, followers of Jesus

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

reach more kids with the the greatest love story ever.

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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6 people found this review helpful

A big part of my beautiful teenage memories are of young life and friends in young life. I look back and realize there are so many things that I wouldn't have experienced without young life. As an adult I'm glad that young life is still here and helping other under privalged experience life when sometimes you need to get away from your reality.

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

experiencing many things that I would not have had access to without the organization.

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

nothing

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

Great memories and hope.

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

like friends and family that truely cared about each kid there.

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

Help so many more children see things that they never have. Help kids see things diffrently and realize there is other things out there for them.

Ways to make it better...

they helped with college and went on trips to view campuses.

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?

1997-6-01

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