I have been involved with Young Life for 11 years in various roles. As a teenager I was impacted through Young Life and have had the privilege of watching it impact many adolescents. It tends to have a 'ripple effect' not only teenagers but families as well.
Young Life leaders built a relationship with me while I was in high school, loving me in a Christlike way and encouraging me to pursue my dreams and reach my goals as a Christian and as a citizen. I became a volunteer leader, and am now on staff.
I became a Christian through Young Life in 1994. I have been closely walking with Christ since. I spent 6 summers volunteering at a camp and have been on staff for the last 8 years. Young Life has become a part of my life and I am very proud to be apart of reaching kids for eternity.
I met Jesus through the care of a young life volunteer, as a high school student in Greenbelt, MD in 1978. I have been walking with Christ ever since and have continued to be a part of this simple but effective vehicle for bringing Christ to kids!
Young Life was what kept me on the right track in high school! I was surrounded by wealth, alcohol, sex, etc with a constant temptation to walk in that direction but Young Life was a constant positive influence that showed me the positive way of life. My leaders spent time with me and got to know my family and me. They showed me how to walk with Christ daily. Since, high school, I have been a Young Life leader myself and love sharing this passion for Christ with other teens and college students as well. YL also changed my families life .. through me. Thanks Young Life!
Young Life has an incredible way of making BIG and lasting impact, but doing it through long term relationships and a personal nature that lasts! Kids lives are changed forever! In addition to this, I am impressed by Young Life's global perspective. The reality of our world today is globalization on every level... and as God moves in the lives of teenagers all over the world, Young Life is there! I have seen it with my own eyes and was with Young Life volunteers and staff from 15 countries in Latin America last week! WOW! The impact, the excellence, the vision, the mission are incredible. They are reaching every kind of kid... popular, nerd, able bodied, disabled, pregnant, orphaned... every color, every language! As a donor, I am always impressed with the professionalism, integrity, and timeliness of their fiscal and minsitry reports. Young Life.... we were made for this!!
From spending time with kids at ballgames and in the lunchroom, to offering a weekly Club that makes them laugh and challenges them to get real about themselves and about Jesus, to offering them top quality camps for the "best week of their lives", Young Life impacts kids unlike any organization I know! I've seen the most skeptical kid begin a relationship with Jesus, and I've been able to walk with families through hard and devastating times. My experience with Young Life allows me to love kids and their families like Jesus loves them-regardless of their response- and almost always see them respond to Him positively!
Young Life has drastically changed my life, and the life of my family. It has also changed the lives of so many kids in North Dallas, where I live. Not only has it effected individual lives but the entire community as well.
As a Young Life Staff person that didn't have the chance as a teenager to be a Young Life kid, and in fact did not even get involved until I was in my 40's, I have just got to say that I LOVE what Young Life can offer to teenagers - as it shows them that Christ is Life - the REAL kind of life that He intended for all of us! As we on staff raise the money we need to advance this ministry into the lives of more teenagers, it would be great for Young Life to have a more significant awareness amongst those in a position to offer help!