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

They get it. Jesus is life and they focus on Jesus which I think is the transformational figure in all of humanity.

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

my life and seeing the changes in so many peoples lives. Everytime I go to a YL event, club, camp i see lives changed and people having fun and experiencing life to the full.

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

I met Jesus when I was invited to attend a Young Life camp as a Sophomore in H.S. I had no idea they would be talking about Jesus...I am glad that's not the first thing my friend sold me on...it was hot girls and parasailing! The girls were there...the parasailing was there...but so was Jesus...waiting for me. What a great ministry as my leader came along side of me and loved me well. What a picture of the Gospel. Young Life does outreach the very best!

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

meeting Christ and my kids' lives being changed!

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

they know how to train up QUALITY leaders that LOVE KIDS unconditionally and spend time BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

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

AMAZING! Grounded in faith, and genuine in love!

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

Reach a WORLD of kids!

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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5 people found this review helpful

I've seen soooo many kids impacted for eternity! Excellence is a hallmark of YL too, which I've appriciated as a volunteer, donor, and staff member.

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

My wifes life was changed through her YL leader in HS

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

Give them more money to better recruit train and deploy staff of color (more muliticultural ministry)

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

The excellence in which everything is done.

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

Of the utmost trained and committeed people in youth ministry

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

Do more to reach kids in the inner city and ural areas that do not have the needed resources.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything

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

YL is getting so big it could start to loose its core as a grass roots organization and become too institutional.

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

Charlie Patton has great legs

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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3 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Young Life for over 25 years as both a volunteer and a donor. It is our favorite ministry because of its impact on reaching teenagers. They have the best and most systematic approach to presenting Jesus Christ to unchurched teens that I know of. And their ability to recruit and retain dozens of young volunteers is a testament to the effectiveness of this ministry. Young Life will continue to be our #1 recipient.

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

meeting hundreds of people of all ages that were deeply impacted by Young Life.

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

the depth, passion, and maturity of staff and volunteers

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

See above.

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

invest in more camps and staff inititives like it has in the past.

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 changed my life! The folks that cared about me and took interest within the organization have had lasting impact. Young Life volunteers and staff care about kids right where they are.

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

The community it creates. The lasting impression it has left on my life.

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

real, caring, honest, outgoing. They truly care about the youth in their communities and connect with them in a real way.

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

be dangerously effective in sharing Christ with folks around the globe.

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

God uses the language of Young Life to speak to high school kids, and, boy, do they listen. I've seen so many lives changed through this organization: kids turned from the roads they were heading down, redirected from bad decisions, loved through hard times.

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

seeing the lives of high schoolers changed.

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 have a 20-yr old woman living with me and my family because of the brokenness in her own biological family. Divorce, drugs and materialism brought her nothing but disappointment and abandonment for most of her life. Now, after years of adults pouring into her life through Young Life, she has hope and a future. Young Life not only taught her about Jesus, but showed her about His love. She is forever changed, I have seen the transformation myself over the last 6 years.

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

My life with Jesus, my husband and my children.

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

The relationships

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

Some of the greatest people I've ever met

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

I was a YL kid in the 1980's, volunteer leader, donor and staff. My husband and I will ALWAYS donate to YoungLife because it works! It is the best youth organization out there because YoungLife leaders care about kids more than numbers or programs.

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

my own life! I found the Lord! THANKS YOUNGLIFE!

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

The people are just fun and down to earth... and they really love the Lord! YoungLife camps are the best! There is no camp like a YoungLife camp. This organization knows camping!

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

SOOOOOOOO dedicated! YL staff & volunteers rock!

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

change the world... one kid at a time! YoungLife needs to be in every school!

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

YoungLife leaders seek out kids who don't have positive role models in their lives. I have seen kids lives totally changed by their leaders taking time to get to know them and pour into their lives. At camp this summer, I saw many kids, but two specifically, who's lives were so changed by the experience that they have come home and made serious life changes. Their respective leaders continue to walk along side of them!

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

the community that it has created in our city and the community it has created in my own life!

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

I've been involved with Young Life in some capacity for about 13 years and can not say enough good things. Every time I am at an event or program I grow and am inspired to do more. The organazation as a whole has to me one of the most efficient ministries in the world stretching every dollor for greater impact. Thank you YL for all you do, all you've done, and all you have yet to do...each and every time with a smile, in love, and with everything you have.

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

helping me to grow spiritually as I have served. This organization has helped me grow more in my faith than any Church or ministry I have been involved with.

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

the honesty, transparancy, and the focus of what is truely important: loving kids and introducing them to Christ.

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

All levels from interns to full time staff. People that raise their own support and those that are on salary.

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

support area directors with funding. Not 100%, but enough to ease the burden of fundraising.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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