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Young Life
September 6, 2009

I would like to give some constructive criticism for this group that really does help a lot of kids. I just had a bad experience. I was in Young Life as a teen and as an adult, my husband and I were donors attending the local fundraising banquet each year. We were asked to be on the Committee, whose primary purpose is to raise money for the local group. My husband and I had served with many non-profits and felt this was a great group to be involved with. After being on the Committee for awhile I felt that the organization was TOO much about the money and not about the mission of serving the Lord. This feeling was justified when we had an enormous tragedy in our community with great loss of life. The evening of the tragedy, there was a fundraising meeting of the Committee. My husband couldn't go to the meeting, but I went thinking that a gathering of Christians was where I wanted to be so that we could pray together for the families of the dead and the injured. I went to the meeting, still stunned from the day's events and could not believe that the tragedy was not mentioned by anyone at the meeting. It was business as usual planning a fundraiser. At the end of the meeting, we had our usual prayer circle and as we went around the circle, people prayed for the success of the fundraiser, that there would not be rain on the day of the fundraiser and so forth. At this same hour, our community was holding a huge prayer service attended by thousands. At the Young Life Committee meeting, no words were spoken about the young people who had lost their lives that very day in our very own community until it was my turn to pray and I prayed for the families and the injured. I never attended another meeting. After that, my son entered high school and became involved in Young Life and he loved it. I was thrilled when he decided to go to Young Life Camp. He had a great experience and it made me thankful that Young Life was a part of his life. The next year, our family had a tremendously difficult year and my son wanted to go back to Camp where he felt he could help heal from the difficulties. We paid his fee for Camp and then he was told by his leader that he could not go a second time unless he recruited five more kids for Camp. Most of his friends were going on a cruise when school was out and would be partying and drinking. He did not want to do that. Everyone else he asked was already going to Camp. He ONLY recruited three kids instead of the REQUIRED five. He was not allowed to go. I could have gone to the Director whose Committee I served on and complained, but instead I went quietly to the office and picked up the refund for the Camp fee. I realized that the emphasis was on the numbers and perpetuating the organization. They needed NEW kids at Camp so that there would be a greater number of potential donors in the future. Since that time, I have never given one dime to Young Life. I would hope that most staff and volunteers of Young Life would act differently than our local group did on these occasions. I feel that we should be Christians first and if our intentions are good, we will be rewarded. I think the local group would have survived if they had prayed and served when appropriate and raised money when appropriate. For everything there is a season.

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

my child attending Young Life Camp and having a great experience.

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure no kids are turned away from the activities.

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

hearing testimonies of kids whose lives were touched by Young Life.

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

focus on introducing kids to Jesus instead of raising money.

Ways to make it better...

the local staff and volunteers truly had a heart for Christ.

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

probably the economy at this time.

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

the instances I have talked about were experiences with only ONE local group.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & served on local Committee.