Young Life thinks the world of kids. We believe that they deserve to know what life can hold for them. Young Life leaders are caring adults who come sharing that hope as well as fun and lasting friendships with kids. Young Life is also all about fun. From club and camp to Campaigners and other activities, teenagers will have blast laughing, trying new things and being with their friends.
Since 1938, Young Life has been ministering to adolescents across the globe. The Young Life vision was born with a young church youth leader in Gainesville, Texas, who was given the challenge by a farsighted senior minister to take the local high school as his parish and pioneer a path to connect with non-churched kids. Through the years, that young youth leader, Jim Rayburn, and the staff of Young Life developed a relational style of outreach. Convinced they had to earn the right to be heard, they sought to befriend teens. Today, the mission is still committed to incarnational witness – embodying and expressing the love of Christ in relationships with people. In the past sixty years, Young Life has broadened its reach to inner city youth, developmentally disabled adolescents, junior high kids, teenage mothers, and young people in over 50 countries.
Click here for Young Life's Statement of Faith.
Click here for Young Life's Mission Statement.
The Role of a Young Life Leader
Leaders are committed to being involved with kids' lives -- from supporting them at their sporting events to listening to them talk about what's important to them. Our leaders help kids consider the direction of their lives, and they offer hope for their future.