When you hear us say “Every Kid,” we mean it


Young Life’s vision is every kid should get the chance to hear the Gospel.  Yes, it’s a pretty audacious goal and no, we don’t think Young Life can accomplish this alone.  This isn’t just a Young Life tagline but it is a the vision we have in a community; therefore, Young Life supports of every Youth Ministry, Church, and other non-profit organizations (Like FCA) that shares the same vision.

For years we’ve been praying about the opportunity to start Young Life Capernaum.  Capernaum is Young Life for high school people with special needs.  When Young Life develops the Capernaum ministry two main resources are people and finances.  We’ve always had the people but we often break even on the finances.  But when we caught wind Vineyard KC North Church already had a similar ministry they call the “Joy Ministry” our response was a no brainer.  We want to help.  We want to help in whatever way we can.

And so we’ve jumped in.  Last Friday night, a handful of Young Life folks, both volunteer leaders and high school people, volunteered to serve at the Joy Ministry’s Parents Night Out event.  Vineyard gives parents of their special needs friends an opportunity they rarely have, the chance to head out on a Friday night date.  How awesome is that!?

Above, is the picture from the art room.  Parker, Joel, and David (Staley YL guys) jumped in helping a few fellas they already knew from school.  We had an awesome night and we are poised to serve, help, connect, or whatever we can do to help Vineyard love these kid and families.

All I could think last Friday night was:

Every Kid.

For more info on Capernaum, watch the video below.

Another Great Young Life Summer




Another great Young Life summer is in the books.  Local high school kids had a life changing week at Timber Wolf Lake, the Young Life property in Michigan.

But you don’t have to take our word for it, here’s what our friends had to say about their week!






Leaders continue to walk beside kids now that were home.  We’ve had such great conversations centered around Jesus, community, prayer, the value of church, and so many more things!  Kids are amped up for the new year of Young Life to start and they are already bringing friends with them to share their experiences.  We’re so grateful for the opportunity to be in the lives of these local high school kids.

There were many kids we brought on this camp trip out of pure faith.  They couldn’t afford the trip, they tried to fundraise as much as they could, but they came up short.  Other kids heard about the trip last minute and wanted to go. Only about 20% of the kids we took could afford the entire cost without some sort of financial help.  We brought every kid we could in faith local people would help them.  If you’re one of those folks who would like to give directly to our camp trip fund, you can do so by clicking the button below.


It’s so fun to watch the lives of local kids change as they grow in their new relationship with Jesus.  Thank you so much for making sure Young Life is happening in our local schools!

Check out all our camp pictures on our Facebook Page by clicking here!

At Young Life Camp, Even the Flowers Matter


If you were here with us at Timber Wolf Lake, you would notice the incredible flowers.  Most people wouldn’t expect to find such incredible flowers at a camp built for high school kids.  But these flowers line the sidewalks our high school friends walk to do almost anything at camp.

Spencer Cope, Team Leader at Oak Park stands in the shade under one of many flowers.

Spencer Cope, Team Leader at Oak Park stands in the shade under one of many flowers.

Why would flowers matter?

Sometimes we miss the messages we communicate to high school kids.  And the messages we often communicate are unintentional because they are hidden in their surroundings.  Have you considered what we are communicating to kids in our community through their surroundings?  As their Young Life leaders, we hear our high school friends say their value is based on their performance.  It’s a common theme from kids who look like they come from perfect families or from kids who come from families with big challenges.

We think kids deserve flowers.

They don’t have to earn them.  They don’t have to perform for anyone at Young Life camp.  Even more so, they don’t have to believe anything we have to say about Jesus or God.

What’s important to us is high school kids get to spend a week in a surrounding that screams they matter simply because it reflects how much we think they matter to the one who created them.


The best week of their life


We say it all the time to our high school friends.

This will be the best week of your life!

High school people are rarely wow’d anymore but Young Life camp still wow’s them. They can’t believe how well they get treated. They can’t believe how good the food is. They can’t believe the adventures they have. They can’t believe how nice the camp is.

Why do we go to such lengths in Young Life?

Because we think kids are worth it.

And so we will run with kids this week, 24 hours a day to make sure kids know how much we think they’re with it.

Will you be a difference maker in the lives of Northland High School Kids?

Difference Maker Big

We are so excited about what you’re going to do in the next three weeks!  You are going to be the reason kids experience Young Life in the North Kansas City School District!  And you’re going to do it using nothing more than your social influence.  That’s right, you can change lives of high school kids through your Twitter or Facebook accounts and even through email.

KC North Young Life is kicking off it’s first ever CrowdFunding campaign.  We’ve partnered with FundEasy to empower you to be a difference maker in the lives of kids and all you have to do is register. That’s all it takes.

 You sign up and FundEasy does the rest for you.

You can be like Spencer Cope who already is making a difference a day after registering!


Spencer didn’t create this Tweet, FundEasy did it for him!

If you raise the goal of $500, we’re inviting you to our Key Investor Dinner in the Fall at Staley Farm Clubhouse where we will spoil you with amazing food and drink!  It’s on us.  No pitch for more money.  Simply our way to say thank you to you and the guest of your choice!

Are your ready to be the difference maker in the lives of local high school kids?  Become a difference maker by clicking on the image in the top right corner of our this site!

Work Crew is life changing for our high school friends!

Young Life is full of life changing experiences.

Young Life camp is always a landmark for high school kids.  But one of the great unseen pieces to Young Life camp is called the Work Crew.  The Work Crew is made up of high school kids who volunteer for a month to serve their peers at YL camp.  They want to give back.  The Work Crew is the first thing a bus full of kids will see when they pull up to camp.

We believe in sending well trained Work Crew kids to camp.  We just finished training with seven potential high school folks, four of which submitted applications to work this summer!  This experience is a game changer for our high school friends.

Watch this and you’ll really get it!


You are a part of a very big dream!

Jim Rayburn, who founded Young Life in 1941, had a vision for the impact people could have in their communities.  You are a part of this big dream, right here in the Northland of Kansas City.  We continue to go for this dream and we love that you’re going with us!  Thanks for what you do!

What do high school kids want to talk about in regards to God?

What would you guess?

High school kids want to know what God wants for their lives.  They value having a purpose and experiencing a full life.  Campaigners is a place in Young Life where kids can have conversations with adults they trust around growing spiritually.  For instance, in the campaigners for Staley High School we just discussed what God intends or hopes for in our friendships.  We compared our expectations for friends versus God’s expectations for friends.   But we talked about becoming the friend God would want us to be instead of trying to accuse others of not meeting this list.  Our high school friends said that in all their relationships less than five percent of all the people they have known in school would meet their own expectation for what a true friend is!

photo (2)We looked at:

Proverbs 17:7 – A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Proverbs 17:9 – Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 27:6 – Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.

They had some great take aways on how they could practice becoming a friend like these Proverbs would suggest.  But to simplify things we looked at what Jesus said in John 13:34-35

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

We talked about if we learn to love like Jesus than we truly love each other well.  But this requires us to lean forward and learn more about Jesus through scripture, prayer, and a community of people on the same pursuit.

Pretty cool conversation for some high school kids, am I right?

December is the time to give to Young Life

Does Young Life matter to you? Does impact your child? Are you grateful it’s still going strong in your community? We need new local donors! All donations are tax deductible and you can claim any gifts prior to January 1st on this year’s taxes.

Become a monthly giver here by clicking here!


How do you spend your lunch break?

The lunch break is an important part of the day for any working professional.  Thirty minutes to an hour could be all you have for yours, so what do you do with this special time?  Some people run errands.  Some people make important phone calls.  Some people even have the audacity to eat!

But then there’s Spencer Cope, employed at Waddell and Reed and faithful Young Life leader at Oak Park High School.  All of our volunteers have a speaking rotation at Young Life club.  A few weeks ago Spencer was up on Monday night to speak so he spent his lunch break sitting in his car practicing his Young Life Club talk!  How awesome is that!?  You can see his practice paid off!

Enjoy two minutes of club!