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October 1, 2009

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October 1, 2009

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

In my own life! Young Life's ministry has kept my focus on Christ and kept me accountable for my decisions.

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

From a professional's perspective, step outside the "Young Life culture" and present the organization more professionally to those that are unfamiliar with it. Fun is great, but when individuals have no Young Life history, it may not be received properly.

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

They make Christ fun! It's been challenging at times, but overall my experience has brought me much laughter and joy.

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

Young Life has extraordinarily NICE people. They glow with Christ's love.

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

Change trillions of lives!

Ways to make it better...

My internship experience on staff was staffed with stronger leadership.

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

Volunteer leaders that don't take their role seriously can damage individual's view of the organization; internship programs that aren't run properly can also frustrate those considering staff positions.

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

I've never felt closer to the Lord than when I am on Young Life's camp properties. There is a certain calm and a realness there that is like nothing I've experienced elsewhere. It's how we were created to live!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

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

The people involved both love Jesus and are fun, and too often those two don't go together!

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

authentic, committed, and effective. They are the kind of people I want to be around more because they inspire me to be better.

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

reach more kids with a real message of hope that makes a difference as their lives are changed and the become grace-filled people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

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

Kids lives are changed from insecurity and fear to confidence and the ability to serve others.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

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

my own life and in the changed lives of teenagers with whom I am close.

Ways to make it better...

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

... not sure!

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

its Biblical foundation and the genuine love of the leaders for the kids.

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

passionated, genuine, full of grace, fun!

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

make sure staff are taken care of and every kid could go to camp if he/she wants to.

Ways to make it better...

we financially could have taken more kids to a YL camp!

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

finances... yet I know GOD will provide.

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

I have yet to experience another ministry that is so commited to excellence!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

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

the faith of the workers on the team. The 2 trips I have been on to see the ministry in person have only deepened my resolve and my love of this mission. God has called each of us by name to serve him in this special way, I am so happy He called me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 24, 2009

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September 24, 2009

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

my personal life- it has changed me! in the lives of my kids- they have been positively impacted.

Ways to make it better...

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

strengthen ties with parents- communication can always be better. Am now working to get more volunteers to expand

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

unconditional love, acceptance, time spent by college age leaders with me listening ear

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

Amazing youth leaders who gave much time, and willing to be with kids

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

Reach urban areas that don't have the money to start there otherwise- expand to more groups for young teen moms, and outreach to special needs kids.

Ways to make it better...

I had stuck with my original commitments, and allowed them to guide me (likely a universal problem with teens).

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

current economic climate- hard for people to support

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

This organization spends very little on overhead, they get the money to s-t-r-e-t-c-h a long way because it is mostly volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 24, 2009

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September 24, 2009

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

Is seeing many unchurched kids meeting , accepting Jesus Christ and then growing in that relationship

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2012
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September 10, 2009

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 ... more

October 16, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

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.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 10, 2009
1 person found this review helpful

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

watching families in our community enjoy improved relationships with their children and come to faith in Jesus Christ.

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

Well trained and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 9, 2009

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September 9, 2009

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.

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

the sincerity of the staff and volunteers in their desire to relate to kids and share their love for Jesus with others.

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

plant new work in the most unreached areas in the US and begin to cultivate the gospel in the city and in the rural areas that are often forgotten.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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