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.






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.

Does it matter?

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

"Young Life has not only given me a safe place to make new friends and create something almost like family, but a place where I can learn about God and figure out who I am and what I believe." ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ - Abbie Freeman, Central 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

"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

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.

Chris Parrish

Associate Area Director

Chris is married to his amazing wife, Sharon, and has three wild, crazy and beautiful children…Emory, Copeland and Lucy. He loves coffee and climbing. His favorite way to brew coffee is in a Chemex.

Sarah Eben

Staff Associate

Sarah was born and raised in the Black Hills. Young Life has been an important part of her life for 15 years and she loves being a part of the YL team here in Rapid City. She loves Parks and Rec, Coffee, True Crime podcasts, tacos, hiking, and her dog, Juno.

Matt Merchen

Staff Associate

Matt's interests include many things such as hockey, food (thanks, Chicago), swing dancing and so much more. Most nights you can find him spending time with kids at sports activities, playing disc golf or watching a movie. He was heavily involved with YL in high school in Gillette, WY, and feels blessed to be able to impact other kids!

Thomas McCaskell

Mission Staff

Thomas went to Young Life as a high schooler and then was a volunteer leader for over 2 yrs before coming on as student staff. He has served on work crew multiple times and summer staff at a couple different Young Life Camps. Thomas just finished building his first tiny home and has plans for many more in the future!

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 (especially her 7yr old nephew), 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.

Bill Beck

Volunteer & Facilities Manager

Bill, a retired firefighter, is thrilled to now be working for Young Life. He and his lovely wife Lisa have three grown kids - David, Tim and Katie. A lover of the outdoors, Bill enjoys hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, and snowshoeing, and leads his church's wilderness adventure ministry.

Young Life Office

5615 Nugget Gulch Rd Ste 200
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: (605) 721-1238
Email: rapidcityyounglife@gmail.com

Office Hours

Monday 9:00-5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00-5:00pm
Thursday 9:00-5:00pm​
Friday - By Appointment as needed

If you have any questions please contact one of our staff at the Young Life office at

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