Everyone can agree that Mondays are extremely difficult to get through. There is nothing worse than returning back to school and its daily activities after an exciting weekend. Luckily, YoungLife will brighten up anyone’s Monday! YoungLife is an organization that focuses on creating a deeper relationship between high school students and Jesus while having a blast! YoungLife says their purpose is“introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.”
Thunderbird’s YoungLife program is exceptional. Every Monday night, the club meets at the Grieps house from 7:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M. Each and every club is extremely enjoyable between the weekly themes, outstanding games, and delicious treats. Taylor Jones, sophomore, stated, “I enjoy YoungLife’s positive output on others’ lives. It shares positivity and enjoyable moments. Everyone is welcome, and the leaders show it. It gives students something to look forward to at the end of the day with lots of activities. I mostly enjoy the time spent with my friends and making new memories.”
YoungLife isn’t all about God. It is also a spectacular way for students to hang out with one another outside of school and create strong relationships that they may not have created on their own. It accepts all people of all religions and ethnicities.
For many students, YoungLife is their only way to express and challenge the status quo surrounding religion. It allows students to form their own opinions about their religion and faith. Sara Gonzales, YoungLife leader and history teacher, said, “Being a YoungLife leader is such a special gift. I love getting to walk alongside high school students and speak truth about who they are and proclaim the immense value they have. Life can be hard and I feel privileged to be able to encourage them through hard times and also celebrate with them during the good times.”
YoungLife is a life-changing experience for many people. An anonymous student has stated, “It has impacted my life for the better. I never grew up in a religious household, so I went in knowing nothing. Everyone welcomed me in with open arms. I’ve never felt so at-home so quickly before. I’ve learned so much and met so many people. And don’t get me started on the leaders! They’re the most genuine, caring people I’ve ever met. They want the best for each and every single one of us. They provide rides if needed, buy us coffee, and are just there if we need someone to talk to.”
Another extraordinary aspect of YoungLife is summer and winter camp. From December 6-8, they head up to Williams, Arizona to spend the weekend at Lost Canyon. Lost Canyon is a stunning YoungLife camp. During the summer, campers spend an entire week at camp. It has hundreds of rooms, pools, hot tubs, a coffee shop, and much more. It’s a beautiful facility that will make any camper’s day! One thing about camp is that it does cost a bit of money. Luckily, the leaders work hard to make sure that money isn’t an issue by applying for scholarships. This means anyone from any income can go to camp.
Furthermore, every Wednesday night they campaign or hold bible study. This is a time to separate the boys from the girls and really dig deep into religion. The girls meet at Dunkin’ Donuts from 6-7:30, while the boys meet at the Solheim house from 6:30-8. The leaders don’t revolve the leaders around religion, so campaigners is the perfect way to really focus on God.
It is quite clear that YoungLife is an outstanding club that provides many opportunities for teens. Not only does it give teens a sense of purpose, it is a blast! Make sure to join the fun every Monday and Wednesday night. You won’t regret it.