I have had a long history with YFC. Both of my parents were youth leaders and had worked with YFC for many years. My first memories with YFC were as a child. My parents lead youth groups in our home and always had an open door policy. I remember kids in high school coming to hang out with my parents not only for youth group, but also for movie nights, to play cards, to talk, to eat, or just to have a safe place to hang out. I always loved having older kids around to bug an pester, but it never seemed to bother them. I've made many life long friends just from that. YFC is a great organization that lets kids feel comfortable to talk about Jesus and any problems that they may be facing in their everyday life. I grew up with and being involved in YFC. I became a youth student leader in High school. YFC taught me many things; how to stick up for people who were being bullied, how to get people involved in YFC/safe events, how to talk to fellow peers about problems, how to live my life for Jesus, to not judge others, and many more things. I was able to be involved in a lot of things that without YFC I would not have been. Many of the fun and life changing memories happened at Quaker Ridge Camp in Woodland Park Colorado. There's no place (still to this day) that I feel closer to God than at QRC. I was also able to go to Juarez, Mexico on a mission trip. That was by far the most eye-opening experience of my life. To be able to go to Juarez to help a family who was living in a cardboard/pallet/tarped enclosure they called home in the middle of the dessert. It was the saddest thing I've ever seen with my own eyes and it taught me to never take anything or anyone for granted. We were able to share the love of God not just by telling them, but also showing them. The greatest thing about that trip was that we were there to teach them, but we left forever changed by what they taught us. They were happy, giving, and grateful for everything. They were such an inspiration! Youth For Christ is a place where kids from any and all backgrounds/problems/status/etc. can go to fell accepted. In todays world we need more uplifting and encouraging organizations for kids to be involved in. It spreads the word of God's love, provides and safe environment for kids who may need one, and a fun place for kids to hangout without getting into trouble. To say that YFC was life changing is an understatement. I am grateful for the years that I was involved with YFC, for what it taught me, for the wonderful experiences that I have had, and for the life long friends that I have made.