Our MISSION is to introduce adolescents in the Rapid City area to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

Young Life is a place where kids can feel like they belong and have caring adults come alongside them that build significant relationships right where they are.
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An important part of our commitment to kids is how we keep kids safe. Our staff and volunteer leaders know they are responsible for modeling lives of hope and integrity. Young Life's Human Resources department has developed mission wide policies and procedures to ensure that kids are protected when they are with Young Life staff and/or leaders as well as when kids are part of Young Life sponsored activities.Rapid City Young Life is committed to kids and providing them with a safe place where they can explore life and the One who created it. ​ We carefully screen our leaders to ensure they are men and women of integrity and all volunteers are trained and supervised by staff member.


Our staff and volunteers receive training in the signs and symptoms associated with child abuse, teen suicide, self-harm, and other crisis situations. They receive training related to appropriate crisis intervention steps.


Young Life has a 24/7 crisis line that Young Life leaders can call to speak with a licensed professional with concerns about the safety of any student and advice toward the steps they can take to keep them safe.

Here's what kids are saying:

"I like Young Life because they accept me for being different. People don't treat me poorly at Young Life and I fell loved" - Parker, Rapid City HS

"At Young Life I get to see and meet different people and just be myself. Young Life has changed my life by knowing that God will never give up on me even if I give up on Him." - Matilyn, Rapid City HS

"I first got into Young Life after a close friend of mine took his own life. It was a sad and traumatic time, but my leaders were there to comfort me and all of my buddies. As time went on, I decided to start participating in some activities with Young Life, and my leader started teaching me more and more about God along the way." - Robbie, Central HS

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Office Hours:
Mon - ​ ​ 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tues - ​ ​ 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed - ​ ​ 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thurs - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fri - ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 9:00am - 5:00pm
Call us: (605) 721-1238

*Due to the nature of our ministry, there are times when we may be called away from the office. If you need to get ahold of someone, please refer to our staff info below!

Rapid city Young Life Staff

Corey Harouff
Area Director

Corey is married to his beautiful wife Renata and they have one son, Kyle. He loves pizza, reading, golf, miniature Schnauzers, movies and hiking in the Black Hills.

Blake Bontrager
Staff Associate

Blake loves the heart of Young Life and has been involved since middle school as a student, and volunteer.
He enjoys watching sports (especially Kansas State University), hammocking, coffee, snowboarding and disc-golfing!!

Lainey Bontrager
Staff Associate

Lainey has been involved with YL since 2019, serving as a leader in Kansas! She loves spending time with her family, hiking, listening to music, playing volleyball and painting! She is also coaching volleyball at Central HS!

Bob Julius
Teacher Staff

Bob is on teacher staff with Young Life and just graduated from ​ BHSU. He is also a full time math teacher at Stevens High School. He love working with students and is excited to see how God uses him within both Young Life and in education.

Elli Knudsen
Student Staff

Elli graduated from Stevens High School in 2020, then went to GCU for two years where she was a Young Life leader! She is now a SDSU Nursing Student here in Rapid City! She is looking forward to helping more kids and leaders as a Student Staff!

Sam Haney
Office Manager

Sam was raised in the Black Hills, and has been part of the YL team since 2017. She spends her spare time with her family, and is very involved with the worship team and other areas in her church. She loves music, being outside, catching up on her favorite shows, and traveling.

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