Young Life doesn’t start with a program, but with adults who are concerned enough about teenagers to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships take time, patience, trust and consistency. Since our founding in 1941 by Jim Rayburn in Gainesville Texas, Young Life leaders have logged and continue to log many hours with teens. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys and heartaches. We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically influenced when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life 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 have an impact on future decisions — careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised — all ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.
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