WyldLife is Young Life’s ministry to middle school students. The philosophy of WyldLife is to reach adolescents exactly where they are and to help them grow in their faith in God.
What is WyldLife?
The philosophy of WyldLife is the same as Young Life’s has always been — introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them to grow in their faith. But, because middle school kids are at a different develop-mental stage than high schoolers and have different needs, we make a subtle delineation between the two.
WyldLife leaders include high school students who are strong in their faith, college students, moms and dads, and retirees. Some of the best WyldLife teams across the mission are those with a mix of leaders because every age group has something to offer middle school students. All volunteers are trained and supervised by staff members; they undergo a background check and are required to be interviewed before leading.
WyldLife Contact Work
Because kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care, Wyldlife leaders show they care by going where kids are, meeting them as they are, and believing in who they can be. Within Young Life, we call persistently going out into the world of kids “contact work.” But kids just call it friendship.
WyldLife clubs are a practiced art form. They are high energy and interactive, fast-paced and unpredictable. Leaders use personal testimonies, media clips, popular songs and a lot of creativity when planning the club format. WyldLife clubs meet once a week or every other week. The format may change, but the message of Christ’s love remains the same.
In WyldLife, adults and parents usually play a more prominent role in kids’ lives and in their decisions. WyldLife Team Moms and Dads lead and shepherd a team of WyldLife leaders at a middle school and promote WyldLife with adults in the community. Parent Support Groups assist the staff and leaders with everything from praying for the ministry to providing food for club. When parents are part of the WyldLife team, the ministry succeeds.
WyldLife Facts and Figures (both U.S. and abroad)
There are more than 1,200 WyldLife ministries in existence with more than 34,000 kids participating each week. Nearly 8,900 middle schoolers are involved in Campaigners (weekly Bible study), and nearly 20,000 WyldLife kids went to camp in 2010. More than 192,000 students are involved in WyldLife ministry each year.
WyldLife/Young Life Contact Information
Young Life Chesapeake Area Director
Associate Area Director