In Young Life, we give kids the first word. We go into their lives with open ears and listen. We call this deliberate step into the world of kids “contact work.” It’s a time for learning names and hearing stories (some of them will break your heart). Kids don’t care what we know until they know that we care, we earn the right to be heard.
For those who want to learn more or to grow in their faith, we gather weekly at Bible studies, called “Campaigners,” to encourage their personal and spiritual growth. And for those who choose otherwise, we continue the dialogue and the friendship, which comes without condition.
We like to think of club as a “party with a purpose.” Games, music and fun are signature parts of club, but before the party ends, we share a simple message about God’s love for them.
Kids consistently tell us that Young Life camp is the best week of their lives. A weekend or week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind- boggling fun, and where teenagers hear what we believe is the greatest love story ever told.
Young Life Portugal is making a difference in the lives of teenagers because we are supported by adults who care about the youth in our community. This group, our “Committee”, provides a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for the local Young Life team.