About Young Life

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Out There In the World of Kids

Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It 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  — where they are, as they are. 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, we believe their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

The choices teens make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions …carreers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader reached out and entered their world.

Young Life no comienza con un programa. Comienza con un adulto que ama a la juventud al punto que va a ellos, a su cultura y entabla una amistad genuina. Esto no ocurre de la noche a la manana - lleva tiempo, patiencia, confianza y consistencia.

Nuestros lideres invierten muchas horas entre jovenes - donde esten y como esten, compartiendo sus alegrias y penas, triunfos y derrotas. Creemos en el poder de presencia pues hemos visto un cambio dramatico cuando un adulto cristiano entra en sus vidas, comparte del amor de Dios y les trata con valor, significado y proposito. 

Las decisiones que el joven tome hoy, impactara futuras decisiones...carreras, matrimonio, etc. Todo porque un lider esta dispuesto a entrar en su mundo y mostrarle un camino mejor.

Who is Young Life for? Para quien es YL?

Everyone is welcome in Young Life! What we do is custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of the organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students (our middle school work WyldLife, for college and university students Young Life College)

Young Life’s multicultural ministry, which focuses on kids in diverse cultural communities and economically-depressed areas, is the largest of its kind in the United States. (Ministry to kids with disabilities is called Capernaum and to teen moms YoungLives).

Todo mundo es bienvenido en YL! Lo que hacemos esta disenado para toda tipo de joven. Tenemos programa para Secundaria (middle school y bachillerato), jovenes con incapacidades fisicas, jovenes con bebes, universitarios, hijos de militares, etc

El ministerio multicultural (como el de South Arlington) es el mas grande en el pais!

A Time-Tested Approach - un trabajo que ha perdurado

Young Life began with a few simple ideas about sharing the truth of God’s love with adolescents. Those simple ideas have become time-tested methods for reaching out to middle school, high school and college students in friendship and hope.

YL comenzo con unas ideas simples de como mejor compartir la verdad del amor de Dios al adolecente, esas ideas se han vuelto principios y metodos efectivos para alcanzar a jovenes desde Middle School hasta la Universidad.

Caring for Kids — Contact Work

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.

Trabajo de contacto es lo que YL llama la consistente presencia en el mundo del joven.

A Party with a Purpose — Club

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.

Club es una fiesta con proposito, es un caos controlado casi imposible de describir. Antes que la fiesta termine, compartimos un mensaje corto del amor que Dios tiene para ellos, despues de todo de eso se trata la celebracion.

The Best Week of Their Life — Camp

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 mind-boggling fun and where you experience and listen to what we believe is the greatest love story ever told?

'La mejor semana de mi vida' es como el joven describe el campamento en YL que lleva lugar cada verano.

A Time to Question, Learn and Grow — Campaigners

Campaigners is a weekly gathering for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. We invite kids to actively follow Jesus Christ — and we’re with them for the long haul to help them take those steps of faith with unconditional love. Along the way, we encourage kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation.

El lugar donde preguntar, aprender y crecer espiritualmente es lo que hacemos en Campaigners (discipulado). Tambien animamos al joven en su participacion en una Iglesia local  

Adults Who Care — Committee

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 leaders who works 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.

La razon por la que seguimos haciendo una diferencia en la vida de tantos jovenes es por la participacion activa de adultos que tienen carga por la juventud en su comunidad. Por cada obrero en YL hay un equipo de lideres dedicados y un comite de adultos (padres, lideres comunitarios, etc) que se ocupan de crear un fundamento financiero, administrativo y de apoyo al equipo de YL


As you experience Young Life, we hope you will decide that you were made to get involved. To learn more, contact your local Young Life office, visit younglife.org or call: (417) 597-0606.


Young Life South Arlington | PO Box 4004 Arlington, VA 22204-0004

Phone: 417-597-0606

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