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Young Life is made up of people like you - who know that life was meant to be fully lived. If you're in middle school, high school or college, there's a seat at the table here for you.
And if you're an adult who cares about kids, there are tons of ways to get involved.
We promise three things: you'll have outrageous fun, you'll always belong and we'll talk about what really matters in life - including God's extravagant love for you.
In WyldLife, we love middle school kids! They are full of life and yet experiencing profound emotional and physical changes.
Young Life is for high school kids. Leaders go to their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship.
Campaigners is a weekly gathering for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership.
We are making a difference in the lives of kids because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community.
Young Life is for everyone who wants to get the most out of life. Whether you are in middle school, high school or college; whatever your interests or abilities; no matter who you hang out with — Young Life welcomes you! And if you’re a parent, or simply an adult who cares about kids in your community, Young Life welcomes your involvement.
n WyldLife, we love middle school kids! They are full of life and yet experiencing profound emotional and physical changes. Middle school is a time when kids make important decisions about who they are and what they believe. And so WyldLife leaders — who range from spiritually mature high school and college students to moms, dads and retirees — consider it a privilege to be involved in their lives. We seek to model and express God's love to our young friends by learning their names, hearing their stories and honoring their God-given desire for a life of fun, adventure and purpose.
In WyldLife, adults and parents usually play a more prominent role in the kids' lives and in their decisions. WyldLife Team Moms and Dads lead and shepherd a team of WyldLife leaders at a middle school and promote WyldLife with adults in the community. Parent Support Groups assist the staff and leaders with everything from praying for the ministry to providing food for club. When parents are part of the WyldLife team, the ministry succeeds.
WyldLife clubs are a practiced art form. They are high energy and interactive, fast paced and unpredictable. Leaders use personal testimonies, media clips, popular songs and a lot of creativity when planning the club format. The form may change, but the message of Christ’s love remains the same. Some areas invite incoming middle schoolers to begin attending WyldLife clubs the semester before they actually arrive in middle school.
What is WyldLife?
The philosophy of WyldLife is the same as Young Life's has always been — introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them to grow in their faith. But, because middle school kids are at a different developmental stage than high schoolers and need different things, we make a subtle delineation between the two.
oung Life began in the early 1940s in response to an emerging adolescent subculture, the center of which was the world of the high school. Kids’ lives revolved around their school; the first Young Life leaders realized that to reach kids who had no interest in organized religion, they would have to understand and be present in that world.
The high school years are still a time when most teenagers make important life choices, including what they believe about God. And so Young Life is there in the world of high school — learning kids’ names, hearing their stories, having fun and sharing with them the great news of a God who loves them.
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.
Out there in the world of kids
In Young Life, we give kids the first word. We go into their lives with open ears and listen. We know that kids don’t care what we know till they know how much we care. In Young Life, we call that earning the right to be heard. It’s not hard to pick up what kids are saying. They want to be respected and feel safe. They want to live life abundantly — and that means having massive doses of fun, but it also means discovering who they are and what they were made for. So, in Young Life we invite kids into respectful relationships and into more fun and adventure (at club and camp, for example) than they can imagine.Young Life programs translate well into any culture as local adults invest hours with teenagers. Teens’ lives are dramatically impacted, whether they are Czech, Nicaraguan, Kenyan, Japanese or German, when adults come alongside them, sharing a message of hope.
ampaigners is a weekly gathering for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. We consistently see kids’ lives changed in the process as they encounter Jesus Christ. Young Life leaders also encourage these kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation.
Campaigners small groups meet throughout the week. Some on tuesday morning for breakfast, others on Friday nights. To find out which small group is closest to you feel free to contact us.
It’s about Study, Service and Leadership
Young Life leaders may consider a high school kid a potential leader for WyldLife, the ministry to middle school kids. As a WyldLife leader, they’ll build friendships with middle school kids and go to WyldLife events and camp. Under the direction of their leader, Campaigner kids are often asked to take on a leadership role within their own Young Life club.
e are making a difference in the lives of kids because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community. Adults can support Young Life in a variety of ways — by becoming a volunteer leader or committee member, by attending a Young Life fund-raising event, by hosting Young Life or by simply telling others in the community about Young Life and its commitment to kids.
AN ESSENTIAL FOUNDATION
Committee is the foundation for Young Life in a local area. Oftentimes, new Young Life clubs start because of the interest and awareness created by the committee. We also welcome the involvement of adult Young Life alumni, whose enthusiasm about their Young Life experiences is valuable to a committee.
What is Committee?
Each local area has a committee of adults who believes in the mission of Young Life: to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and to help them grow in their faith. You’ll find adults from all different backgrounds, careers and churches, including lots of moms and dads who care about kids. The 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. Ask your area staff person for a local list, and feel free to contact these folks with your questions at any time.