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  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Young Life for 11 years in various roles. As a teenager I was impacted through Young Life and have had the privilege of watching it impact many adolescents. It tends to have a 'ripple effect' not only teenagers but families as well.

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

Watching teenagers, college students, school faculty, and other adults come to know that they are loved and accepted by the God who created them.

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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7 people found this review helpful

Young Life leaders built a relationship with me while I was in high school, loving me in a Christlike way and encouraging me to pursue my dreams and reach my goals as a Christian and as a citizen. I became a volunteer leader, and am now on staff.

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

experiencing kids' lives change because of the excellence of their leaders and of the camping system.

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

watching kids change as they learn to make certain, almost better life decisions.

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

continually working and serving with excellence, being extremely helpful and caring not only in the lives of kids, but parents and each other as well.

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

send a LOT of kids to camp.

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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I became a Christian through Young Life in 1994. I have been closely walking with Christ since. I spent 6 summers volunteering at a camp and have been on staff for the last 8 years. Young Life has become a part of my life and I am very proud to be apart of reaching kids for eternity.

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

I was pursued by several high school kids who were involved in Young Life. I was prayed for and pursued by volunteer leaders. A donor paid for me to go to camp. I met Christ and continued to walk with Christ through my life.

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

The adventure it provided and the way Young Life is set up to continue to point kids towards Christ with new challenges.

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

I have seen all types of staff and volunteers and 99% of the time am very impressed.

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

Relieve deficit of struggling areas. Complete projects at camps that need completing...FUND MORE KIDS TO GO TO CAMP.

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

I met Jesus through the care of a young life volunteer, as a high school student in Greenbelt, MD in 1978. I have been walking with Christ ever since and have continued to be a part of this simple but effective vehicle for bringing Christ to kids!

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

Changed my life.

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

Protect against it becoming a "camping centered" ministry.

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

Seeing kids lives changed for eternity.

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

Genuine, faithful, loving, Christlike!

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

Develop more staff and leaders and reach more kids!

Ways to make it better...

N/A

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

Keeping healthy staff engaged in the mission. Turnover of experienced staff is troubling.

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

It's all about Jesus and kids...

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 was what kept me on the right track in high school! I was surrounded by wealth, alcohol, sex, etc with a constant temptation to walk in that direction but Young Life was a constant positive influence that showed me the positive way of life. My leaders spent time with me and got to know my family and me. They showed me how to walk with Christ daily. Since, high school, I have been a Young Life leader myself and love sharing this passion for Christ with other teens and college students as well. YL also changed my families life .. through me. Thanks Young Life!

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

my life and my families lives.

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

fun! what a fun & loving organization. the people couldn't be more enjoyable to be around.

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

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!!

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.

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?

2009-9-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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!

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.

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.

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?

2009-9-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Young Life has drastically changed my life, and the life of my family. It has also changed the lives of so many kids in North Dallas, where I live. Not only has it effected individual lives but the entire community as well.

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

The relational approach of this nonprofit. The way they invest time and genuinely care about people and meet them where they are at.

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

Ways to make it better...

I had gotten to spend even more time with the leaders when I was in high school.

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

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

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

As a Young Life Staff person that didn't have the chance as a teenager to be a Young Life kid, and in fact did not even get involved until I was in my 40's, I have just got to say that I LOVE what Young Life can offer to teenagers - as it shows them that Christ is Life - the REAL kind of life that He intended for all of us! As we on staff raise the money we need to advance this ministry into the lives of more teenagers, it would be great for Young Life to have a more significant awareness amongst those in a position to offer help!

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

Seeing the lives of teenagers totally turned around and changed for the better as they come to realize how much the Savior loves them.

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

Probably make them very, very slowly because in my 12 years of involvement, Young Life has kept it finger on the pulse of adolescence culture better than any other organization of which I am aware.

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

The conviction that the Young Life Mission has..., that the best Young Life work is YET to happen. The future of Young Life is exciting to anticipate and belongs to the teenagers we are working with right now!

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

Some of the most creative and dedicated people that I have ever met in any line of work or volunteer involvement.

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

Mobilize within more communities throughout our country and countries around the world, encouraging staff and leaders to keep on reaching into the lives of teenagers

Ways to make it better...

I would have had the chance to experience Young Life as ateenager myself!

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

The lack of leaders that have come to realize they were made for this ministry.

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

Young Life works!

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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