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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Was a volunteer and then moved on to staff. I served for many years. YoungLife is a great organization but with some extreme holes for leadership. Also, coming from a donor perspective , many questions about honesty and stewardship came into play. Unfortunately, the negatives out weighed the positives when it came to this ministry. There are many shady men with in the ministry and YL does nothing to protect your children. Example: posting pictures of minors on facebook and for younglives, posting pictures of minors and their babies. They do nothing to protect their identities .

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

volunteer leader, staff

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

organization, professionalism, communication.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

gives teenagers attention, something they all crave

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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

God used several men & women in Young Life to transform my life. I am so thankful for their obedience to God's call on their lives.

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

Provide more grants for kids to take kids to the more than 20 camps. The camps are a resort and life-changing for the majority of the campers that attend each summer.

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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12 people found this review helpful

I have been with YL since 1975 and I am honored to be involved with this organization. I have seen how the Lord has worked in the lives of kids all over the world and also in my life as well.

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

my life and the life of my own kids.

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

The opportunity to see the Lord work through me to affect the lives of kids

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

The best most dedicated people that I have met

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

Reach even more kids. Help areas that are in deficit to be financially sound

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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11 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Young Life since 2000. Young Life truly changed my life when I was a sophomore in high school and heard for the first time about a personal relationship I could have with Jesus! From there My leader loved me well and lived life with me. I did Work Crew at Frontier Ranch in 2002 where I met my best friends! Two of those girls and I all decided to go to College together at The University of Tennessee, where we all were volunteer Young Life leaders through out college! No I work full time for Young Life and truly love telling kids about Jesus and how he has changed my life and how he can change theirs! Both my brothers and my parents also became Christians through Young Life....our family is forever changed because of the impact Young Life had on each of us!

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

how well they love the broken and don't judge them. They love people where they are no matter what. They showed me this new life that I didn't know existed!

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 is a great organization to work for b/c they are committed to training, supporting, and encouraging their staff. You never feel like a lone wolf. There is an extensive support network for administration, teaching, mentoring, training, etc.

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

the lives of teenagers that have been changed for the better

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

have more camps.

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

the unbelievable joy of watching a teenager go from mourning to joy.

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

awesome. I can't say enough about the incredibly talented and dedicated staff for Young Life.

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

increase money for camp scholarships.

Ways to make it better...

I had several million dollars to donate.

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

recruiting and maintaining volunteer leaders.

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

Young Life is amazing.

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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11 people found this review helpful

I have been involved for 11 years now. Club kid to full time staff. It has taught me so much about life with Christ, community and my faith. I can never cheer enough for this organization!

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

my life, the lives of others.

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

have kept the old logo.

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

relationships! lots of them, real, deep, life long relationships!

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

exceptional!

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

finish building clearwater cove!

Ways to make it better...

we had root beer floats everyday!

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

a lack of adult volunteers.

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?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My father passed away in 1983 when I was 26. At that time I was a very selfish, self centered person. The Lord brought Young Life to fill the void in my life. Little did I know that He would change the whole direction of my life. Though a Christian at the time, I had a lot to learn and Young Life was at the very core of what the Lord was doing in my life. Twenty six years later, I will say that I am amazed at how the Lord has changed my heart and attitude. I do care for others now and my life is all about serving others. Something I learned by rubbing shoulders with many amazing people involved in the ministry of Young Life. I have seen the ministry of Young Life make a difference in hundreds of thousands of kids lives the last 26 years, but I will never, ever forget how the Lord has blessed me through this amazing ministry.

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

their weekly time with kids.

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

hire more staff to reach more kids.

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

that it has helped me focus on the Lord and on others.

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

some of the most amazing people I have ever met. They are very selfless and giving of themselves.

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

pay its staff :) Actually it could help send 166,666 kids to a young Life camp for a week. However, I would hire more staff to train and lead more volunteers to reach more kids and their families.

Ways to make it better...

I would have understood the depths of God's incredible love at an earlier age.

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

raising the finances to pay its staff.

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

Young Life makes an amazing difference every day in kids lives. There is nothing like this ministry in this world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I was a church kid and didn't understand YL until I became a volunteer leader in college. Once I caught this mission's vision for reaching out to broken, hurting kids, I was hooked. YL models its ministry after the ministry of Jesus -- going into the world of kids, developing relationships with them, and sharing the love of Christ through sharing their lives. I'm on my fourth year on staff with YL now, and there is nothing in the world I'd rather be doing than loving junior high and high school kids and teaching our rockstar volunteers to do the same.

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

my own relationship with Christ. I've grown more through leading, volunteering, and working for Young Life than any other time in my life.

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

watching the lives of kids and volunteers become radically changed by their involvement.

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

men and women willing to lay their lives down for the sake of kids, the same way Jesus loves us.

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

TRANSFORM THE WORLD. no doubt.

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 met Christ as a sophomore in high school in 1975 . . . I've never been the same and volunteered or worked with Young Life ever since. I am grateful for those who have gone before and hopeful for those who will follow.

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

my own life and the life of my family

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

continue the excellence in training, and allow for varied experiences.

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

the rich experience of walking in life with high school kids

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

above reproach.

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

reach a world of kids.

Ways to make it better...

there were more volunteers chasing after high school and middle school kids.

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

tight budgets in a down economy

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

I have appreciated Young Life's integrity.

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

Young Life is an incredible organization that gave me hope, and now as a leader, I get the opportunity to give other kids that same hope.

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

Joyful, kind, and unconditionally loving.

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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