Out There In the World of Kids

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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 around the world — where they are, as they are. Leaders faithfully attend football practices in the Minneapolis suburbs, mingle with teenagers at a mall in Stockholm and play pick-up soccer with former child-soldiers in Liberia. 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. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader reached out and entered their world. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Young Life? 
Young Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry that began in 1941 and is now present in thousands of communities in the U.S. as well as 60 other countries worldwide.  Our mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.  We do this by showing up where kids are, being present in their lives, and, through genuine friendship, earning the privilege of talking to them about God and His love for them.  We enter their world with no expectation of who kids should be, but with every hope for who they can become.  WyldLife is the junior high component of Young Life. For more information about Young Life across the US and international, check out www.younglife.org
 
Who are the leaders and why do they want to spend time with my high school kid? 
Young Life/ WyldLife leaders are young adults in the community and/or current college students who love God and feel called to spend time with kids.  They certainly have busy and full lives of their own, but also desire to mentor and love kids through the exciting, turbulent, and often challenging life of being a high school student.  They are GREAT people who want to come alongside you and your child in a holistic and supportive role. 
 
Who comes to Young Life/ WyldLife? 
Young Life is designed with every kid in mind.  Kids from every grade and every facet of high school life attend Young Life.  We know that kids are busy (really busy!) and we don’t expect every kid to be able to come to every YL event.  We maintain and encourage a “come when you can” attitude. 
 
Where and when do you meet? 
Young Life and Wyldlife happens at students’ homes.  Click through the individual school/ club pages to view the schedule online, sign up for our e-mailing list on our homepage, or email admin@ylnorthshore.com to receive more information about Young Life sponsored events.
 
What do you do at Club? 
Club is an hour-packed, “party with a purpose.” Full of laughter, singing, and games, it’s one of the few times during the week where kids can be themselves and experience community, love, and genuine fun.  There is a short, 8-10 minute talk in which a leader talks about Jesus in a relevant and appealing way.  
 
What do you do at Campaigners? 
Campaigners is the Young Life bible study.  It is a time where kids are real, ask questions, and learn about who God is and how He loves them.  We try to develop a deep sense of community, love, and acceptance between the kids that come because we believe this is how we experience who God is.  
 
How is the Bible used? 
Based on our mission, YL uses the bible to teach kids about Jesus.  We do this by telling the stories of the bible, most often from the Gospels, and relating these bible stories to high school life and relationships.
 
Is YL affiliated with a church? 
Young Life is a non-denominational and ecumenical organization.  We are not affiliated with any church nor do we discuss or teach doctrinal issues.  We understand that each family has the right and privilege of bringing their children up in whatever faith-background they choose.  We respect this and in no way want to compete with you or the church.  We have kids that come to YL from lots of different churches in the area and even faith backgrounds outside of Christianity.  Moreover, YL seeks to have good relationships with the local churches because we fully believe we share the same mission of pointing kids in our community towards God.   
 
Is YL affiliated with the school? 
Young Life is not a recognized school activity.  In order to become one, we would need a faculty sponsor who is present at every event we have.  Due to the nature and scope of Young Life, this is neither ideal, nor really possible.  Therefore, we maintain a friendly relationship with the administration and run our programming independent of the school.  
 
Is there a cost? 
There is no cost to attend weekly Club or Campaigners.  There is, however, a cost associated with the few camp trips/ special events we participate in each year, including our popular week-long summer camp.  For more information, click the "What's Happening" tab above. The YL North Shore area has a budget that is raised by the local community.  If you are interested in finding out more about our budget, or donating to Young Life, please click on the "Give a Gift" tab above, or email us at admin@ylnorthshore.com.
  
 
A Time-Tested Approach 
 

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.

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.

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.

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?
 
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.
 
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.        
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Young Life North Shore | PO Box 415 Wilmette, IL 60091-0415

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