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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Young Life is a Christian youth organization for teenagers hoping to further their connection with God and have fun while doing so, and is growing in popularity at LRHS .
Young life was founded in the early 1930’s by Clara Frescher, who gathered a group of friends to pray for teenagers attending Gainesville High School in Texas. From there, the group grew in members and locations, and eventually spread all over the United States.
Young Life’s mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and to help them grow their faith. They do so by praying for and building relationships with young people, providing a fun and safe space, and working in the community among other activities.
LRHS Senior Patrick Brown said, “It means a lot to connect with my friends and classmates in such a positive atmosphere every week. It’s an escape from any stress that school or real-world problems provide to teens.”
“Young Life has changed me as a person by making me more grateful for the things that I have in life,” continued Brown.
Joseph Cuervo, Digital Information Technology and On the Job Training (OJT) teacher at LRHS, is a volunteer leader for Young Life.
“It’s an awesome opportunity for kids to learn about Jesus in a real way. It means the world to me to be a leader. I actually became a Christian through Young Life, so it’s an awesome way to give back,” said Cuervo.
If interested, Young Life can be found on Instagram at @yleastmanatee. They have club every Monday at 6:45 at 3908 Lena Road.