What is the actual state of today's generation of young people? This is a question asked by many people who come into contact with our work. What do you think about it? From a material point of view, it may be true that many young people in the Munich area are well provided for. But what does it look like on the inside? Many of them are experiencing a world that is becoming increasingly complex, heavily influended by social media. They are searching for belonging, hope and a fulfilled life with a deeper meaning, but often experience loneliness, rejection and emptiness. In their families of origin, they often do not find the recognition, affirmation and orientation that they desperately need, especially in their teenage years. They also do not know where they can find people who can be a valuable companion to them. This is exactly where Young Life's model of outreach focused, relational youth ministry comes into play.
Knowing that young people won't come to us on their own, Young Life leaders intentionally go into their environments: School grounds, soccer courts, parks, fast food restaurants, the university campus - wherever they are. There, in their world, we build personal relationships of trust with them, often become their mentors and share the Christian message of a God who loves them. Regardless of their response, approach them with unconditional love, acceptance, and companionship. Instead of remaining in unhealthy patterns of seeking recognition or status, they learn to live healthy and empowered lives.
We also encourage young people to make a positive difference in their communities themselves: In our service clubs and at our service camps, they learn in a very tangible way how fulfilling and motivating it is to use their own potential to help and serve people in their own neighborhood. Christian charity takes on a very practical and social dimension here.
Empowering young people is a goal we can only achieve together. Only where staff, volunteers and donors join together in our cause, our goal becomes achievable: To give today's generation of young people the chance for a better tomorrow. We believe that the Christian faith can change people and their circumstances through practical charity.
We need you and your support! You can get involved in a very concrete way and make a difference so that young people no longer remain trapped in their lack of prospects, but can experience understanding, recognition, hope, community and orientation and thus develop their full potential. Will you join us?
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Young Life at Glance
Young Life is a global organization committed to bringing hope and purpose to young people around the world. In the DACH Region, serving Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, over 1,000 kids are involved in our weekly clubs and bible studies. More than 3,000 young people are impacted by our ministry every year.
In Germany, Young Life Deutschland e.V., the predecessor organization of what is today Young Life gGmbH, was founded in Berlin in 2007.
In a small Texas town, at the request of his pastor, a young associate minister named Jim Rayburn began showing up in the world of teenagers and sharing the message of God's love through Jesus in ways and words they could understand.
Whether it's in cities or villages, towns or tower-blocks, in countries on every continent, Young Life leaders are working with over 2 million young people, right in their own neighborhoods.
Anchor FACTs and Figures
Today, Young Life is a global organization with local focus. You'll find Young Life leaders from diverse cultures, nationalities and backgrounds in over 100 countries around the world.
Since 1941, Young Life leaders have walked with kids and earned the right to be heard in an exhausting and exciting world. In 2019, 348,000 kids were involved every week all around the world.
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