Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Shawn Kuhn of Southeast Cincinnati Young Life.

Young Life is a non-denominational, Christian organization dedicated to serving youth in local middle and high schools (including teen moms), colleges and children with disabilities. It was started nearly 75 years ago and is now in 90 countries worldwide, including every state in America.

Shawn oversees young adults who serve as genuine friends to students by going to their events and being involved in their lives. These caring adults become a mature, positive influence and engage in all sorts of conversations that “matter” in life. Some of these conversations involve faith, family, college, career, etc. Young Life leaders are not trying to replace influential adults who are already in their lives, but come alongside those adults while also reaching students who have fallen by the wayside for one reason or another. Psychologists will tell you that for students to be successful requires a quantity of adults in their lives.

Faith is certainly a huge component of Young Life. They share what the Bible says about Jesus and encourage them to compare that with what they hear from other sources. Sometimes students will pursue what the Bible says and others will not. Either way, Young Life leaders continue investing in their lives if the students are receptive to their involvement.

Young Life owns many amazing campgrounds all over the world. These camps are first-class, resort-style properties that provide both style and substance. Camping gives students a chance to get out of their normal routines and environments to have some moments of reflection, get into all kinds of fun and build lasting relationships. SEC Young Life works hard to make these incredible camping experiences as affordable as possible. Over the last 3 years of camping, they have raised over $55,000 to directly offset the costs of camp for students.

During the month of September, SEC Young Life has been offered matching funds where every donation to camping will be doubled. If you would like to contribute or learn more, contact Shawn at SECYoungLife@gmail.com