Young Life is a non-profit organization for spiritual support aimed at children adolescents. Volunteers (“leaders”) involved with Young Life are committed to making a difference in the lives of kids and teens in their communities.
Young Life’s Mission: “Every kid will have the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ & follow Him”
Young Life’s Purpose: “Introducing kids to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.”
Young Life is active in Central Oklahoma City (NW Classen, McGuinness, Casady, and Westminster), Edmond (North, Memorial, Santa Fe, Sequoyah, and Cheyenne), and Putnam City (North, Original, and West) and starting at UCO. Leaders aim to reach students in a variety of ways like spending time with them in the lunch room, attending sporting events, and hanging out at local restaurants and coffee shops. Young Life also hosts a weekly Club in a student’s home. During Club, participants play games, sing songs, and get a chance to dive deeper into their faith by walking alongside their peers.
Staff and Leaders believe that adolescents are making important and valuable decisions that will influence the rest of their lives. Leaders are involved with children, middle schoolers, and high schoolers, and approach each unique to their developmental stage so everyone’s needs are met. Young Life aims to establish a presence at all high schools and middle schools in each local area. “We believe that in order to reach kids we must go where they go and enter their world.”
Todd is on the OKC board of Young Life. He and Candyce have sent their kids to several Young Life camps (family camp, middle school and high school) during the summers. It has been the best week of their lives!
Vida Joven (“Young Life” in Spanish) focuses on the developing regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. Vida Joven has been helping the poorest areas of the Western Hemisphere for the last 16 years.
Young Life has been in the Latin America/Caribbean area since 1966 when work began in Brazil. Over the years, Young Life in Latin America and the Caribbean has expanded to 22 countries and 7 regions. Vida Joven first came to Nicaragua in 1988 and has since grown to 35 ministries in communities across the country. Their mission is “to serve as a lifeline for kids, one kid at a time.”
“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.” More info.
Todd is on the Latin American board for Vida Joven. He and Candyce have taken their family to Latin America during most summers for an “international family camp”. As a family, the experience of spending a week with other Latin American families has been the best and most impactful week of the summer.
The Owens Family at family camp in Nicaragua.
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