The information below is for parents who have students in high school. If you're in high school, you are welcome to peruse this content, but you may instead want to check out a separate section that is just for you.
Our Commitment to High School Kids
No matter where high school kids live — in small towns, suburbs or big cities — Young Life’s commitment to them is the same. We take them as they are, place no expectations on them and seek to understand their world. We also offer them fun, adventure, direction for the future and hope, not to mention lasting friendships that could change their lives forever.
Out There in the World of Kids
In Young Life, we give kids the first word. We go into their lives with open ears and listen. We know that kids don’t care what we know till they know how much we care. In Young Life, we call that earning the right to be heard.
It’s not hard to pick up what kids are saying. They want to be respected and feel safe. They want to live life abundantly — and that means having massive doses of fun, but it also means discovering who they are and what they were made for. So, in Young Life we invite kids into respectful relationships and into more fun and adventure (at club and camp, for example) than they can imagine.
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.
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?
Campaigners (a name that points back to the early days when Young Life was known as “The Young Life Campaign”) is a weekly meeting for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. We consistently see kids’ lives changed in the process as they encounter Jesus Christ. Young Life leaders also encourage these kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation.
High school kids may be selected for monthlong sessions during the summer to serve at Young Life camps as part of the work crew. They help make sure camp is an unforgettable experience for the campers by doing things like serving meals, washing dishes, doing yard work, folding laundry and cleaning cabins. They also delve deeper into their own faith and serve alongside know other kids from all around the country and the world.
Young Life leaders may consider a high school kid a potential leader for WyldLife, the ministry to middle school kids. As a WyldLife leader, they’ll build friendships with middle school kids, go to WyldLife events and camp.
Under the direction of their leader, Campaigner kids are often asked to take on a leadership role within their own Young Life club.
Another way to serve while kids are in high school is as a “buddy” at a Capernaum camp. As a “buddy,” students will be paired up with a kid with disabilities and join him or her for a week of Capernaum camp.
There may also be other leadership opportunities available, so ask a Young Life leader or contact the Young Life office near you to find out more about those and the opportunities mentioned above.