Our Vision Every adolescent will have the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ and follow Him.
Our Mission Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. We accomplish our mission by ...
Praying for young people.
Going where kids are.
Building personal relationships with them.
Winning the right to be heard.
Providing experiences that are fun, adventurous and life-changing.
Sharing our lives and the Good News of Jesus Christ with adolescents.
Inviting them to personally respond to this Good News.
Loving them regardless of their response.
Nurturing kids so they might grow in their love for Christ and the knowledge of God's Word and become people who can share their faith with others.
Helping young people develop the skills, assets and attitudes to reach their full God-given potential.
Encouraging kids to live connected to the Body of Christ by being an active member of a local congregation.
Working with a team of like-minded individuals — volunteer leaders, committee members, donors and staff.
The intent of Young Life is to go where kids are, earn the right to be heard and teach them about the love and life Jesus Christ has to offer.
Our Method (The 5 C's) Contact Work (Caring for Kids) Because kids don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care, Young Life leaders show they care by going where kids are, meeting them as they are, believing in who they can be. Within Young Life we call the persistent going out into the world of kids “contact work.” But kids just call it friendship. Contact work forms the backbone of successful Young Life clubs because Young Life is driven by relationships, not programs.
Club (A Party with a Purpose) What is it about Young Life club that makes it the best night of the week for thousands of kids every week? We like to think of it as a party with a purpose. It’s controlled chaos that’s almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about God’s love for them. After all, that’s what the celebration is all about.
Camp (The Best Week of Their Life) Kids consistently tell us that Young Life camp is the best week of their life. That’s a rousing (and unsolicited) endorsement! But how else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of unbelievable fun and where you experience and listen to what we believe is the greatest love story ever told?
Campaigners ( Small Groups) Campaigners (a name that points back to the early days when Young Life was referred to as “The Young Life Campaign”) is a weekly meeting for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through Bible study, service and leadership. Young Life leaders also encourage these kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local church.
Committee (LEAD Team - Adults Who Care) Young Life is making a difference in the lives of kids around the world because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community. For every talented Young Life staff person, there is a team of dedicated volunteer leaders who work directly with kids. In each community, the local “committee” — comprised of parents, Young Life alumni and civic leaders — provides a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for the local Young Life team.
Living according to and communicating the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Carrying out our mission under the authority of Scripture and relying on the Holy Spirit to empower our ministry.
Encouraging the welfare and spiritual health of those who do this ministry, that they may minister out of a consistent and growing relationship with Christ and His followers.
Researching and developing innovative approaches to reaching uncommitted, disinterested kids around the world.
Reaching adolescents of all social, cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds throughout the world.
Working with followers of Christ from a variety of traditions and local churches around the world.
Welcoming all those whom God calls to our mission — men and women of all races, staff and volunteers — who are linked to a common purpose of introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ.
Observing the highest standards of stewardship of all the resources placed in our trust.