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 in Griffin/Spalding County schooles — where they are, as they are. Leaders faithfully go where kids are to build lasting relationships with them. 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.
Who is Young Life for?
Everyone is welcome in Young Life! Our programs are custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of our flagship organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students. We call our middle school program WyldLife. We also have an innitiative for teen moms in the Griffin community called YoungLives.
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 teen moms in friendship and hope.
"Who is Young Life for?" - Everyone! If you are high school and have a pulse, then Young Life is for you!
Caring for Kids — Contact Work
Because kids don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care, Our 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 the over 100 kids who come 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.
"How do I join?" - You just show up! Club is a come as you are celebration each Monday night! Nothing else is required!
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? If you ever meet one of our high school friends who have been to one of our Young Life properties, ask them about their experience. You be disappointed with what you hear.
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 and involvement with a local congregation in Griffin.
Adults Who Care — Committee
Young Life is making a difference in the lives of kids in Griffin because we are supported by adults who care about kids in this community. Working with our Young Life staff person, there is a team of dedicated volunteer leaders who work directly with kids. In Griffin, the local “committee,” comprised of parents, Young Life alumni and civic leaders, provides a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for our local Young Life team.
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 at (770)-233-3732.