About Young Life

Out There In the World of Kids

Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults 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 & WyldLife Leaders log many hours with teens — 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. Teens’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life & WyldLife 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, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life or WyldLife Leader took the time to reach out and enter their world. 

We demand excellence of ourselves in all things because we want every teen to walk away from every encounter with Young Life & WyldLife feeling cared for and important.  That's why our summer camps are some of the finest in the country.  That's why we put so much effort into our Contact Work and weekly Club meetings.  And that's why we train our staff and volunteers to be experts in youth culture and exemplary models of Christ in teen's lives.
Today's teens are facing many challenges in a culture that sometimes moves too fast and threatens to pull them under.  But teens find a safe haven in Young Life & WyldLife.  Our caring Leaders are exemplary role models to help teens navigate the waters of today's world as they make decisions that can having life long consequences.  We think teens are great!


A Time-Tested Approach

Young Life began with a few simple ideas about sharing the truth of God’s love with adolescents. Those simple ideas have become time-tested methods for reaching out to middle school and high school  students in friendship and hope.

Caring for Kids — Contact Work

Because teens don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care, Young Life & WyldLife Leaders show they care by going where teens are, meeting them as they are, believing in who they can be. Within Young Life we call the persistent going out into the world of teens “Contact Work.” But teens just call it friendship.

A Party with a Purpose — Club

What is it about Young Life Club that makes it the best night of the week for thousands of teens every week? We like to think of it as a party with a purpose. It’s controlled chaos that’s almost impossible to describe, but teens know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about God’s love for them. After all, that’s what the celebration is all about.

The Best Week of Their Life — Camp

Teens consistently tell us that Young Life and/or WyldLife Camp is the best week of their life. That’s a rousing (and unsolicited) endorsement! But how else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind-boggling fun and where you experience and listen to what we believe is the greatest love story ever told?

A Time to Question, Learn and Grow — Campaigners

Campaigners is a weekly gathering for teens who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. We invite teens to actively follow Jesus Christ — and we’re with them for the long haul to help them take those steps of faith with unconditional love. Along the way, we encourage them to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation.

Adults Who Care — Committee

Young Life & WyldLife are making a difference in the lives of teens because we are supported by adults who care about teens in their community. For every talented Young Life staff person there is a team of dedicated Leaders who works directly with teens. In each community, the local “Committee,” comprised of parents, Young Life alumni and civic leaders, provides a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for the local Young Life team.

As you experience Young Life, we hope you will decide that you were made to get involved. To learn more, contact the Greater Lafayette Young Life & WyldLife office at 765-429-8988.


Young Life Greater Lafayette | PO Box 2630 West Lafayette, IN 47996-2630

Phone: (765) 429-8988

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