Young Life Offers Opportunities For Lee’s Summit Youth
July 5, 2014
By Wendy Hayworth
The best-kept secret in Lee’s Summit is out. Young Life is an organization dedicated to building relationships with adolescents and helping to guide them through the maze of their high school years.
“We offer advice and wisdom, but mostly we just listen and love them where they are, and point them to Jesus if that’s something they’re interested in,” Young Life Lee’s Summit area director, Tracee Cobb, said.
This organization is open to high schools from all walks of life and whether they are religious or not.
When Cobb first joined Young Life as a volunteer leader, she quickly fell in love with the program.
“I loved the relational aspect of the ministry and just that it wasn’t all about religion. It was not about rules but more about the relationship with Jesus and it really made an impact on me,” Cobb said.
Young Life categorizes its opportunities with four c’s: clubs, camps, campaigners, and contact work.
Club is a once weekly event that takes place during the school year every Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.
“We call it a party on a school night, but it’s just a safe place for students to come together. We sing, laugh, play games, and then we hear a leader speak and share more about the Bible and more about Jesus,” Cobb said.
Young Life is an international organization that owns various properties all over the world. Members have the opportunity to travel to these locations through the camps provided by Young Life.
“We say Young Life camp is the best week of your life and it really, truly is,” Cobb said. “It’s high adventure camping, building relationships, and then taking a closer look at following Jesus.”
For the teens interested in going deeper and learning more about the Bible, smaller groups called Campaigners are available.
“Kids that come to Young Life club might want more. They might want to go deeper and ask questions about the Bible,” Cobb said. “So they can come to our small group settings with their leader.”
The last ‘c,’ and perhaps what Young Life is most celebrated for, is contact work.
“Our volunteer leaders and myself believe in earning the right to be heard with students. So, we try to go into their world and go to their games and just meet them where they are,” Cobb said.
Last school year, Young Life Lee’s Summit was averaging 150 students every week for club meetings. The group currently meets in the basement of Lee’s Summit Community Church and hope to continue to grow.
“We’re about every kid everywhere. So, all high school students are welcome to come,” Cobb said.
More information about the program and events can be found at lsmo.younglife.org.
For the students involved, Young Life is more than just a club. It is their family.