Kids in the Black Hills area today face tough challenges and choices. Many times the right and wrong choice can mean the difference between life and death. At Rapid City Young Life, our goal is to give kids the tools and information they need to make good choices about peer pressure, friendship, education, faith, family and the future. We seek to capture the attention of youth and expose them to the life changing love of Jesus Christ through mentoring relationships with staff and volunteer leaders who journey with kids through their questions, struggles and challenges.
In this important time in life their self-esteem, character and value systems are being forged. In order to balance many of the negative influences that teenagers are facing, Young Life provides a positive and fun place that gives kids hope, encouragement and solid guidance so that they can make good and healthy decisions that will benefit their lives and their future.
Young Life began in the Black Hills of South Dakota by a group of people who had a sincere desire to impact the lives of kids with a positive message of hope. Since our beginning more than 11 years ago we have been involved with thousands of kids lives giving them direction, hope and encouragement. Whether you are a parent, a middle or high school student, a teacher or simply interested in how you might help kids we want to personally invite you to get involved with Young Life in our community so that kids will have a safe place and safe people who they can trust with their fears and questions.
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The Nuts & Bolts of Young Life
Contact Work...Because kids don't care how much you know till they know how much you care, Young Life and WyldLife leaders show they care by going where kids are, meeting them as they are, believing in who they can be. Within Young Life and Wyld Life we call the persistent going out into the world of kids "contact work." But kids just call it friendship.
Club...We like to think of it as a party with a purpose. It's controlled chaos that's almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about issues kids are dealing and God's love for them. Young Life Club is for high school kids only and meets every Monday at 6:53 p.m. Wyld Life Club is for middle school kids only and meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 6:30-8 p.m.
Camp...Kids consistently tell us that Young Life and Wyld Life Camp is the "best week of their lives." How else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind-boggling fun and where you exepreince and listn to what we believe is the greatest love story ever told?
Campaigners...Campaigners is a weekly meeting for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. Young Life and WyldLife leaders also encourage these kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local church. We currently have five small groups Bible studies that meet every week with about 30 kids.