Cliff Kigar, a Lewis Center, Ohio, student at Olentangy High school, participates in Young Life. Part of the vast Young Life community, Cliff Kigar is one of over a million youth whose lives are impacted by the organization each year.
When Jim Rayburn began Young Life in 1941, he aimed to meet kids on their level, and to accept them as they were, while sharing with them the message of God’s love. Now, five Young Life presidents and more than 70 years later, the organization continues operating with the same mission.
Young Life’s mission is implemented, first and foremost, through the adult leaders who dedicate energy and countless hours of time developing meaningful relationships with kids. These relationships, built on trust, and developed over time, communicate to youth that they are valuable and worthy, and that God designed their lives with purpose.
Participants in Young Life are invited to attend Young Life Club each week for high-energy fellowship and a simple message about the love of Jesus Christ. Also, they have the opportunity to attend summer camp, which is often reported as the highlight of kids’ adolescent years—and lives. The Campaigners program offers Young Life participants a more in-depth faith experience on a weekly basis.