Young Life is a global organization committed to bringing hope and purpose to young people around the world. In the DACH Region, serving Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, over 1,000 kids are involved in our weekly clubs and bible studies. More than 3,000 young people are impacted by our ministry every year.
In Switzerland, Young Life started in 1983 when the organization Contact-Jeunes was founded in Geneva. In Germany, Young Life Deutschland e.V., the predecessor organization of what is today Young Life Deutschland gGmbH, was founded in Berlin in 2007.
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In a small Texas town, at the request of his pastor, a young associate minister named Jim Rayburn began showing up in the world of teenagers and sharing the message of God's love through Jesus in ways and words they could understand.
Whether it's in cities or villages, towns or skyscrapers, in countries on every continent, Young Life leaders are working with over 2 million young people, right in their own neighborhoods.
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Today, Young Life is a global organization with a local focus. You'll find Young Life leaders from diverse cultures, nationalities and backgrounds in over 100 countries around the world.
Since 1941, Young Life leaders have walked with kids and earned the right to be heard in an exhausting and exciting world. In 2019, 348,000 kids were involved every week all around the world.
Contact work - friendships of trust. Our staff and volunteer leaders accompany young people in the DACH Region - if possible, throughout their lives. We care for them by connecting with them and building friendships of trust - at their schools and in their neighborhoods, at their soccer games or wherever they are. We call this "contact work," and it's at the heart of what we do.
(Service) Club - A place where young people are welcome. The Young Life Club is a "party with a purpose." It is a place for young people to be seen, have fun and fellowship, play games, sing songs, and perhaps hear about God's love and the person of Jesus Christ for the first time. At Service Clubs, we put the Christian faith into action in a very practical way - we plan and carry out service projects with our young friends to serve the local community.
Life Groups - a place to learn more. For our young friends that want to learn more about the Christian faith, we offer weekly Life Group meetings. It is a time for teenagers to read the Bible with their leaders and friends and to ask their questions about the Christian faith in a safe environment.
(Service) Camp - the best week of your life. Many young people choose to spend a week or 3 days at camp with their leader. For some it is the first time they leave home. The camp is incredibly good - good food, good games, good music, dancing and laughing. During the day there are many different fun activities. At service camps, we offer projects through which we service the local community together. At the end of the day, there is usually a classic Young Life Club. Our goal is for young people that come to camp with us to have the best week of their lives and to give them a new motivation and perspective for their everyday lives back home.
Adults Who Care — Committee. Young Life is making a difference in the lives of kids around the world because we are supported by adults who care about young people in their community. These caring adults provide logistical support, financial support and emotional support for our volunteers and staff.
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