Young Life is a world-class organization for adolescents. Our staff and volunteers enter the world of kids, focusing on what matters to them - fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. In doing so, we earn the privilege of talking to them about something that we believe matters most of all - the truth about God and His love for them.
A Lifelong Journey
Young Life believes in the power of presence. Kid's lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them. 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 leaders log many hours with kids, where they are and 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. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
T.W. Lewis Foundation Support
Young Life sponsors ministries in economically disadvantaged communities through its Arizona Forward initiative. T.W. Lewis Foundation is proud to support this initiative through a matching grant. Donors are encouraged to leverage this matching grant by calling 602-997-1808 to donate and mention they would like to have their donation qualify for the T.W. Lewis Foundation match.
"I remember attending young life in high school. My leaders made an impression on me that stuck with me ever since. For that very reason I decided to become a Young Life leader. The same way I was embraced, empowered and encouraged, I wanted to be able to do the same for the teenagers in my community. Being able to share the gospel and actually witness the Holy Spirit change someone from the inside out has been the most rewarding thing in my life." - Kea
"As much as I would love to say that I do Young Life because of the kids, the truth is I do Young Life because the Lord has used it to bring me closer to Him. There have been countless times where I have felt so inadequate to lead students and each time I am brought to a place where I am in complete dependence on the Lord. Therefore, I can truly say that I get so much more out of this ministry from the Lord than I put in."
"A sense of belonging is what attracted me to Young Life camp and ultimately Jesus. Without parents I was desperate to have something or someone call me theirs, for someone to stand up and say that I belonged to them. I heard Jesus say this to me at camp the summer after my sophomore year of High School."