Young Life | USA

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About Young Life

Young Life starts with adults concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight- they take time, patience, trust and consistency. 

So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids in our community-where they are, as they are. Leaders faithfully attend football practices, mingle with teenagers at a mall, play pick-up soccer with college students, or enjoy lunch or coffee with teen moms and their babies. We listen to their stories and learn what's important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches, and setbacks. 

We believe in the power of presence. Kids' lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose. 

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God's love for them, will impact future decisions...careers chosen, marriages formed, and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader reached out, entered their world and shared the hope and love of Jesus Christ with them. 

Who is Young Life For?

Everyone is welcome in Young Life! Our programs are custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of our organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students. We call our middle school program Wyldlife. The initiative for college and university students is called Young Life College and our work with teen moms is known as YoungLives. And, we refer to our ministry to kids with disabilities as Capernaum. 

Young Life's multicultural ministry, focused on kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically-depressed areas, is arguably the largest of its kind in the United States.

Young Life College | Boston
To reach college students with the Gospel at the University of Wisconsin through authentic relationships, adventure and significance.

About Kenz Ladd
"I was called to be on Young Life staff in 2013 and have been serving on staff ever since. I served for 7 years in TN and just recently I was just sent to WI to start ministry here."

Kenz plans to continue working with Young Life with the prayers of seeing God open more doors.  She can always use new prayer and financial supporters. Check out her website to find out more.

Young Life | Bristol
Young Life's mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

About Stephanie McClanahan
"The Lord called me to work for Young Life when I was in my junior year of college. At that time, I had served as a volunteer Young Life leader for about two years. From then on, I have loved getting to follow wherever Jesus calls me in this mission. I served on Young Life staff in Memphis, TN for 3 years, and I currently work in Bristol, TN. Over the course of my time on YL staff, I have felt the Lord call me to expand my ministry, so I now with middle school students, as well as high school students."

Stephanie plans to continue working with Young Life with the prayers of seeing God open more doors.  She can always use new prayer and financial supporters. Check out her website to find out more.

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