Young Life celebrates 70 years

Young Life, a worldwide youth outreach organization, is celebrating 70 years of impacting kids’ lives. The local area Young Life here in our Westshore communities invites you to join in the celebration by getting involved with the local ministry. Young Life has been reaching out to teenagers from Bay Village and Westlake for more than 41 years and we need more caring adults in the community to come alongside us to help us reach more middle-school and high-school students in the community.

Maybe you were involved with Young Life as a middle school or high school student and experienced the feeling that Young Life was made just for you. It still is. If you’re interested in helping kids in the area discover fun, adventure, purpose and hope in the context of authentic friendships with caring adults, we have a place for you.  

Or, if you’d simply like to support kids who are hoping to go to a Young Life weekend camp, "leaf" the raking to us: Call us to arrange for a team of Young Life kids to remove the leaves from your yard. You tax-deductible donation to Young Life will help kids in the area attend a weekend camp.  

In recent years, teams have worked to raise camp scholarship funds to pay the way for other kids who don’t have the resources to attend. After raising the money needed for their friends, these students have turned in camp sign-up forms, with these words written in bold: "paid in full." That’s what we celebrate in Young Life.

Young Life has a long legacy of effective work with kids and a reputation for excellence among adults worldwide. Since its start in Gainesville, Texas, in 1941, Young Life has been making a difference in the lives of millions of kids around the world because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community. The combination of local support, proven methods of relating to adolescents, and organizational strength allows Young Life to thrive locally in more than 75 countries, with more than 3,000 staff and 35,000 volunteers, reaching more than a million kids each year with the life-changing message of God's love for them. More than 100,000 kids attend Young Life camps worldwide each year.

If you’d like to invite a team of kids to clear your leaf-laden yard or if you’d like to learn more about Young Life, contact Andy Reid at 440-808-9888.

Stacy Windahl

Stacy Windahl is a resident of Bay Village.

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