I love YoungLife and YoungLives.

Something you might not know about me is that I have an alter ego named “Duct Tape.”  Duct Tape is a YoungLife volunteer.  See more about YoungLife, YoungLives and watch Duct Tape in action below.

What is YoungLife?

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.

So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.

We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.

What is YoungLives?

YoungLives is really YoungLife with a focus on a specific group of kids. YoungLives seeks to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with pregnant and parenting teen moms. This is accomplished through relationships with mentors that model Christ’s unconditional love by addressing the unique needs of teen moms while helping them grow in their faith.

YoungLives was inspired in 1991 when a YoungLife committee in Tulare County, CA appraised the situation regarding teen pregnancy and parenting in their county and came to the conclusion that the traditional clubs were not reaching the needy young mothers.

YoungLives began in Wichita, KS as a result of Jake Ramstack’s heart to reach all the kids of East High School.

After inviting a group of local believers to come gather at the school and walk the halls and pray for the students YoungLives began with their first meeting in April of 2008 at East High.  Twelve girls attended their first meeting and since then the minsitry has grown to serve over 130 pregnant and parenting teens in Wichita in four High Schools: East High, Southeast, Heights and North High.

Here’s a glimpse into what happens at Club (from a Hillbilly perspective):

Meet the Girls – See what “Club” is all about:

Sleppin’ Bag Wrastlin’ with Rusty & Duct Tape

Duct Tape floor vaccuum game

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