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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

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.

Target demographics: middle school and high school kids and college students.

Geographic areas served: all 50 states of the U.S. and in over 100 countries internationally.

Programs: Young Life's efforts to reach out to every kid, everywhere have resulted in a number of specific ministries. Each of these apply the basics of Young Life to meet kids just as they are through friendship and faith. In alphabetical order our specific ministries are: Capernaum: Young Life's ministry to kids with disabilities, named after the town where Jesus performed many miracles. College: Young Life's outreach to college students both in the U.S. and internationally. International: Young Life's outreach to high school and middle school kids in more than 100 countries around the world. Small Town/Rural: Young Life's ministry to kids in one-high-school towns of fewer than 25,000 people. Urban: Young Life's minsistry to racial and ethnic minorities, focused on kids who live in high-density communities and who are historically, socially and/or economically disadvantaged. WyldLife: Young Life's ministry to middle school kids. YoungLives: Young Life's ministry to teenage moms. Young Life provides healthy, creative fun. From weekly clubs to seasonal camping experiences to daily outings with leaders, Young Life is known around the world as an organization that knows how to have fun. Club meets once a week and has been described as "controlled chaos." Leaders combine songs, humor, and group interaction to create an hour of energetic fun where kids can express that teenage tendency to push the limits-but within the controlled context of a safe environment. Campaigners is the name for Young Life's Bible study program. Kids often meet in small groups with a Young Life leader during the week to discuss their ideas and question about faith and begin exploring the Bible. These groups were named from a term we've kept around since Young Life was called "The Young Life Campaign" in the early '40s. Camping is one of Young Life's specialties. Kids can discover adventure and prove their prowess by climbing through a ropes course in the tops of trees, barreling down a water slide from hundreds of feet up the side of a mountain, riding horseback along scenic trails, water skiing, parasailing, racing go-carts around muddy tracks and enjoying what Young Life leaders promise to be one of the best weeks of their lives.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Young life is a remarkable organization that reaches out to middle and high school teens and builds relationships . These friendships are characterized by adults(usually mature high schoolers working with the middle schoolers and post college volunteers working with high schoolers) who encourage, accept unconditionally and "walk the walk" of integrity and love for God. I've watched the impact of this organization for 33 years and seen not only teens but their families as well impacted for good.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been associated with Young Life for 35 years or more as donors,parents of club and campaigner kids and committee. We've seen direct evidence of the "fruits" of this ministry in our own children"s lives as well as the lives of hundreds of other teens and their families. I've often heard it said that the one requirement for a Young Life person is laughter. Jesus Christ is always glorified... in the laughter, the lives changed, the relationships built between leaders and kids, relationships transformed between kids and parents, kids and families, kids and their friends. The more you know of Young Life, the more you'll want to be involved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

YL is a great organization that walks the talk. They don't just talk about Jesus' love, they live it by loving everyone regardless of how they respond. They are particularly good at making the awkward, the lonely, and the hurting feel a sense of belonging and discover a sense of meaning and purpose.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I attended Lost Canyon camp this summer as observers. I went with high expectations but even those were exceeded. What struck me was the commitment from the volunteer staff of young people (high school and college age) that dedicate a month of their summer to serve (long hours 6-7 days/week) other high school students. I believe their only motivation is to provide other students the same great life changing experience they had when they attended camp.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My involvement with Young Life has been as a volunteer leader, an Area Director and a committee member. YL itself does not change lives, yet it provides activities and places during which and at which relationships are built. Those relationships are what GOD is using to change lives. Studies show how important it is for kids to have a caring adult in their lives. I just attended the Indiana Dropout Prevention Leadership Summit on Friday, September 25 in Indianapolis. The keynote speaker was Bill Milliken, the founder of Communities in Schools. He started the speech by describing how his life was changed through his relationship with his Young Life leader (around 1959 or 1960, I believe). He said it is programs like this (YL) which offer the opportunity for relationships to be built. Because his YL leader reached out to him, he has gone on to impact thousands, if not millions, of lives through his work with Communities in Schools.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been blessed by observing the power of God move through Africa. Lives have been changed forever by the faith of just a few..but a faith that never wavered. Our YL AFRICA team is commited, prayful, supportive and flexible. God is in charge and the rst of us follow His call. What a privlige this has been.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about Young Life in 1972. The leaders were friendly, and reached out to me- a new student in a big public high school. I got to go to camp- which was an amazing week, the best of my life. It has made all the difference in the many years that have followed because knowing God made that difference- in who I became, the choices I have made, and 3 boys I have raised. I have been giving back to Young Life the past 4 years by being involved as a Committee/board member- and get great satisfaction all over again in seeing kids like me make decisions to connect with God and live life to the fullest.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization focused on giving teenagers a real option in the ocean of temptations on the school campus. Young Life provides leaders who build relationships with teens and earn the right to share what a relationship with Jesus Christ is all about. Many teens begin a growing relationship with Jesus Christ that will hopefully define how their lives impact the future as they enter adulthood. It fills the niche of being a high school mission organization that very few others seek to undertake.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

As a kid in a youth group influenced by Young Life I renewed my relationship with Jesus and have been walking closely with him ever since. As a post-college student trying to find my way in the world, I volunteered with Young Life and caught the bug for reaching kids for eternity. Now as a thirty-something I'm serving on a committee and mentoring leaders. Throughout all of my experience with YL I have seen God at work in the lives of countless teens and witnessed the selflessness of so many leaders. This is an organization worth putting your money, your time and your talent behind. The eternal impact is huge and the people running this organization are both Godly and committed to running the race to the end.