Ways for College Students to Be Involved


Volunteer Leaders

College students make great Young Life leaders, and most Young Life areas are eager to nurture, train and include college students on their Young Life teams. Young Life volunteer leaders participate in a full range of activities that help them build these significant relationships with kids. If you're a college student interested in being involved in Young Life in this way, use the Locator to contact the Young Life office near you. Learn more about becoming a Young Life leader. 


Young Life College

Young Life also has a growing presence on college campuses for those students who are at a different place on their faith journey. It’s called Young Life College. Regardless of where students are in their religious beliefs, Young Life College offers them a community to be a part of where they can enjoy college and be loved for who they are. As caring adults venture with them, college students are nurtured, guided and encouraged to become young adults who are committed followers of Jesus Christ.


Summer Staff

Every summer, college students are selected to serve at Young Life camps (in the United States, as well as places like the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica) for month-long​ sessions. Summer staff help with the activities around camp as they build life-changing friendships with other college students and grow in their faith. Ideally, summer staff have a background and familiarity with Young Life; therefore, a recommendation from a Young Life person, with whom you have a relationship, is required.


Young Life Expeditions

Young Life Expeditions are one-week to three-month short-term volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals to serve in countries where Young Life is either currently ministering or being developed. In addition, opportunities for summer staff and internships are available at various times throughout the year in the following countries: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, India and Philippines.


Studying Abroad

If you plan on studying abroad during your college career, be sure to contact the International Operations office to see if Young Life exists where you will be living.


Student Staff

As student staff, you benefit from great ministry training and a taste of what it’s like to be on Young Life staff. For more information, use the Locator to find a Young Life office near you.


Discipleship Focus

Discipleship Focus, a long-time partner with Young Life, is a paid, all-summer discipleship program. It combines the real-life elements of work at an exciting theme park, biblical studies and nurturing, the support of a Christian community and the opportunity for friendship evangelism. Many young men and women who are seeking God's leading have found this program to be a significant and life-changing summer experience. Those interested in learning more about this opportunity or applying for the program should go to dfocus.org.

For more information about any of the ways to be involved that are mentioned above, use the 
Locator to find and contact a Young Life office near you.​​​​​​​​