Grand Rapids, MI
Campus Life Military leaders seek to connect with military-connected youth through genuine, Christ-sharing relationships. These young people often feel overlooked, and it’s our passion to make them feel seen, heard, and valued.
Military-connected youth proudly serve their country and live all over the world. On average they move 7-9 times before graduating high school. On top of military deployments and finding new friends every time they move, they deal with normal teenage issues. While searching for identity and purpose, they are thrown into a world of struggles, including issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, substance abuse, academic struggles, family brokenness, violence, and divorce. In the midst of these challenges, they also face separation from parents due to military deployments.
Campus Life Military leaders offer young people a steady voice and reliable presence. Leaders are intentionally postured as humble, authentic mentors. They strive to create fun, safe spaces where every teenager can experience Jesus Christ and grow in faith. Common activities at Campus Life Military include small groups, large gatherings, trips, camps, and service projects.
City Life actively pursues 11-19 year olds who are walking through pivotal and story-shaping moments in urban communities. These young people can often feel overlooked, and it’s our passion to make them feel seen, heard, and valued. Our aim is to be a steady voice and presence in their lives, intentionally postured as humble and authentic mentors.
Our teams aspire to see deep change in urban neighborhoods. As a relational, holistic, community based ministry, City Life teams raise up indigenous leaders from the young people living in urban communities. This is how change happens!
The work is not easy, but the young people we walk alongside are amazing and worthy of love. As leaders, we help young people realize their worth as we actively listen, learn from them, and help them uncover God’s story of hope in their lives.
YFC Core® mobilizes students to reach other young people in their schools, communities, and in other spheres of life. We believe every 11-19 year old should have the opportunity to uncover God’s story of hope in their lives. This is realized through meaningful discipling relationships grounded in biblical community.
Providing an ideal platform for adults to serve as humble and authentic mentors, YFC Core® empowers young people to walk alongside friends, providing a steady voice and presence. YFC Core® is about unleashing teams of students who naturally invite friends to discover Jesus. These teams of students meet weekly with adult coaches to share, pray and discover how God is challenging them to invite their friends to walk with them towards Christ.
YFC Deaf Teen Quest teams build Christ-centered relationships with deaf and hard of hearing students. Teams of caring adults enter the world of deaf teenagers as they face pivotal moments in life.
Building life-changing relationships with deaf and hard of hearing students, caring mentors enter the world of deaf and hard of hearing teenagers with fun, friendship, community and faith. YFC Deaf Teen Quest provides a healthy peer group environment with Christian role models helping deaf teens uncover God’s story of hope in their lives and develop a meaningful faith that makes a positive difference in the world.
“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” Matthew 25:35-36
Young people in the juvenile justice system often feel overlooked, and it’s our passion to make them feel seen, heard, and valued. Juvenile Justice Ministry leaders aim to be a steady voice and presence in their lives, intentionally postured as a humble and authentic mentor.
We pursue thousands of young people in the United States justice system each year, coming alongside them in a variety of juvenile justice settings (i.e. detention centers, probation, correctional facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers, emergency shelters, courts, and diversion).
Many of the teenagers we meet face adverse situations such as relational trauma, racial trauma, community violence, and lack of access to basic needs. It is during these moments of crisis that our leaders invest in reciprocal trusted friendships with our young people, who are facing pivotal life challenges. We ultimately build relationships with young people to introduce them to Christ and uncover God’s story of Hope in their lives.
Expectant and parenting teens are often juggling school, home life, relationships, and the stress of a new pregnancy or baby. It’s our passion to make them feel seen, heard, and valued. Our aim is to be a steady voice and presence in their lives, intentionally posturing ourselves as a supportive and empathetic mentor.
Parent Life seeks to connect with expectant and parenting teens and their children through intentional relationships with caring adults and community partnerships. Our aim is to empower teens to thrive in every aspect of life and to encourage them to further their education and move toward becoming life-long followers of Jesus Christ.
Through relational, holistic ministry, our hope is to see young people thrive physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And our strategy is to facilitate life-giving mentoring by coming alongside young parents in their pivotal moments and inspiring them by uncovering God’s story of hope in their lives.
YFC Camp creates outdoor environments where God transforms the lives of young people. Throughout the camp experience, young people experience authentic relationships and life-changing moments. Shared experiences, outdoor challenges, and times of solitude, create opportunities for campers to encounter Jesus.
At our camps, we actively pursue 11-19 year olds who are walking through pivotal and story-shaping moments. YFC Camp creates space where young people, who often feel overlooked, can feel seen, heard, and valued.
Ultimately, our vision is to provide an excellent experience through which Jesus Christ would forever alter the life of every person who comes to camp – that they, in turn would be driven to alter the lives of those around them for Christ.