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  

12 people found this review helpful

Since I've been involved with Young Life (15 years), I have not only been challenged and grown immensely in my own life, but I have seen countless teenagers, college students, adults and family's lives changed. It's all about relationships and investing the time with people to have real relationships and talk about the things in life that really matter, like each other and Jesus and love.

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

relationships with people I've met.

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

real, honest, imperfect, professional, committed, talented, called and full of purpose.

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

reach more teenagers and literally affect lives, families and communities!

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  

10 people found this review helpful

I was a YL kid in high school and participated in campaigners. I attended summer camp once in high school and fall weekend camp twice. For senior trip after graduation I went on workcrew at Frontier while the rest of my friends went to Cancun....I don't regret it. I was a volunteer leader in college and now a donor. Young Life has changed my life. My most fondest memories growing up are of club, camps, YL leaders, and the Jesus I met there. My life has been changed by Young Life and it will always be a part of me.

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

the unconditional love that the volunteer leaders and staff have for people. They are the happiest people on Earth and it is contagious.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Great! They really know how to strech a dollar and get alot out of a little. They have the best camps in the US and one of the biggest Youth Ministrys, reaching 1 million kids a year.

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

I think it does, and it would prob use it to better reach 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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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Young Life is a terrific ministry that focuses on building relationships with ALL TYPES of students so that they can learn how Jesus loves them. I am on our local Committee and have enjoyed seeing the dedication of the volunteer leaders as they go to the students, where they are, not waiting for students to come to church. Young Life is warm and welcoming. Its' camps are extremely high quality with the purpose of demonstrating to high schoolers how special they are.

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

continue to reach out to students from all walks of life and all areas, both urban, suburban, and rural. Young Life could allow students to attend camp for free and allow them to have the best week of their life!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Amazing staff and volunteers who care deeply about teenagers and the culture that is trying to destroy them. Young Life staff and volunteers reach out to unlovable kids, love them and build trusting relationships so these kids feel loved, acknowledged, and accepted enabling them to turn their lives in the right direction. What other organization in the world has such an impact? Transforming lives, giving hope and love and introducing kids to the most important person ever .... Jesus Christ! What an honor to be involved....

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

my own children's lives. They made a huge difference during a very difficult family tragedy. I don't know where my kids would be today without Young Life leaders and volunteers walking with them.

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  

5 people found this review helpful

I have served on the local committee since 2002 and have consistently blown away at how God uses this ministry to reach kids for Christ. We went to Windy Gap as adult guests this past summer and were able to see excellence in every part of the program. From the way the tables were set, to how the grounds were kept, to the hilarious skits, to the evening programs. The only disappointment was that we had to leave early.

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

both the leader's lives as well as the kids the minister to.

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

All the friendships we've made and seeing all the lives that were changed.

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

people who had hearts to reach the kids who nobody was reaching.

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

Start doing ministry in new areas that don't have Young Life. Build new camps where even more kids come and meet the Savior.

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: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Younglife reaches out to high school kids with the message of Jesus. Some have never stepped foot inside a church or heard the Good News. I have many friends that received Christ during their time involved in Younglife. Tremendous!

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

All three of my adult children attended Younglife regularly.

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

Pay their directors more at every level. They work very hard and they don't have regular office hours.

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

They convey the message of Christ in ways that teenagers understand.

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

God loving, wholesome and friendly.

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

Be involved with every high school all over the country.

Ways to make it better...

I had Younglife at my high school growing up.

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

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

Thank God for Younglifers

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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