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Young Life
September 30, 2009

I was first a part of Young Life as a high school student, and have gone through being a volunteer leader in middle schools and high schools. I had opportunities to be a summer staff volunteer and a camp property intern at two camps. I have seen my family changed, as well as the lives of numerous other students. I have also had the chance to see Young Life staff reach out to kids in other parts of the world, especially through serving in Central America for three months. As I am now in the process of going on full-time staff in Latin America, I am constantly reminded of how a heart for teenagers and desire to walk through life with them, sharing the love of Christ in a mentoring relationship, crosses cultural borders. While the day-to-day ministry may look different depending on the country and particular community, the core elements of Young Life ministry still exist, as staff and leaders are seeking to shine light in the lives of youth who are so consistently bombarded by darkness in the world around them. One of the ways I could see the scope of this organization's impact growing, not only here in the United States but around the world, would be through continued partnerships with other like-minded organizations and churches. The more those who have a desire to invest in the lives of teenagers can join together in reaching out to them, the stronger the foundation will be to share the hope and joy we have will be.

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

seeing a teenager's eyes and life light up when they see a familiar face in the crowd of a Young Life leader who has invested time to hear their story, invite them to a weekly meeting or Bible study or camp. They know they matter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former staff & I was a camp property intern and an international staff intern, and a volunteer leader with middle school and high school students.