About Young Life



Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults who are 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.   

Our Mission

Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.​

Our Methods

Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. We accomplish our mission by ... 

  • Praying for young people.
  • Going where kids are and building personal relationships with them.
  • Earning the right to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
  • Providing fun, adventurous, life-changing and skill-building experiences.
  • Inviting kids to personally respond to the Good News and walking in friendship with them regardless of their response.
  • Preparing kids for a life-long relationship with Christ and a love for His word, His mission and the local church.
  •  Working in community alongside like-minded adults (volunteer leaders, committee members, donors and staff).

Our Values

  • The Gospel — Living according to and communicating the whole gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Scripture — Acting under the authority of Scripture and relying on the Holy Spirit to empower our ministry.
  • All Kids — Reaching adolescents of every ability and all economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ecumenical — Collaborating with followers of Christ from various traditions and local churches worldwide.
  • Diversity — Welcoming those whom God calls to our mission — men and women of all ethnicities and abilities who are committed to the common purpose of introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.
  • Health — Encouraging our staff and volunteers in their personal and spiritual health so we may minister out of a consistent and growing relationship with Christ and His followers.
  • Stewardship — Observing the highest standards of stewardship of all the resources placed in our trust.
  • The Next Kid — Developing innovative approaches to reach uncommitted, disinterested young people around the world

HISTORY

The vision began in the early 1930s when an elderly woman, Clara Frasher, recruited a group of her friends to pray for the teenagers attending Gainesville High School in Texas. Six years later, during the spring of 1939, a young seminarian, Jim Rayburn, started a chapter of the Miracle Book Club in Gainesville, Texas, a small town 75 miles to the north of Dallas. As he was developing the program in Gainesville, Rayburn also worked with a local pastor, Clyde Kennedy. 

Like Clara Frasher and her prayer circle, Kennedy was concerned about the town’s teenagers, who showed no interest in engaging with traditional church programs. Realizing something must be done, Kennedy hired Rayburn to fill a part-time position within the church in order to accomplish something vital beyond its walls. Read more.
 
Today, the Young Life mission is still committed to incarnational witness: embodying and expressing the love of Christ through relationships with all kinds of kids: WyldLife is our outreach to middle school kids, Young Life for those in their high school years, and Young Life College is our program for college and university students. In addition to the ministries mentioned above, Young Life reaches military teens through a program called Club Beyond, Young Lives ministers to teen moms, the Small Towns/Rural initiative brings Young Life to communities of fewer than 25,000 people, and Amicus is Young Life’s student exchange and hosting program for international kids. Currently Young Life’s International Divisions have 678 national staff, 100 U.S. staff, and 10,218 volunteers reaching and serving more than 608,000 kids in 98 countries!
 

YL in SYRACUSE

Young Life has been in the greater Syracuse area for 30 years. Our Syracuse East staff and volunteers reach high school, middle school, and college students in Fayetteville, Manlius, Jamesville, Dewitt, Cazenovia, Chittenango, Syracuse University, and Cazenovia College. Young Life is an international mission organization, but is funded and supported at the local level. There are many people that generously donate time and resources to ensure Young Life stays in Syracuse. We are eternally grateful to the individuals, families, businesses, churches, and organizations that partner with Young Life in Syracuse. If you would like to support Young Life in Syracuse East or partner with us, please reach out to us here. Watch the video below to learn more about how Young Life got its roots in Syracuse.

 


Address

Young Life Syracuse East | PO Box 473 Manlius, NY 13104-0473

Phone: (315) 682-7313

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