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Volunteer Leader/Mentor, Young Life Chicago - Northside, Chicago, Illinois


Organization: Young Life Chicago - Northside
Contact Name: Luke Schmitt
Position Type: Local Volunteering (in person)
Address: 4900 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, Illinois  60618  
United States
Great For: Great for Christians, Great for Families, Great for Groups, Great for Seniors
Service Area(s): Student/Campus Ministry, Sports and Recreation, Prayer Ministry, Mentoring, Evangelism/Seeker Ministry, Discipleship / Spiritual Formation, Directly Serving People, Christian Camping, Children and Youth Ministry, Adult Ministry, Administrative / Office Work
Hourly Commitment:
4.0 per: Week
Number of Positions:
10
Number of Volunteers in this
Position in the Past Year:
40
One-time / Ongoing Position: Ongoing Position
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See the Leader description on our website! http://chicagons.younglife.org/Pages/Leaders.aspx Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight -- they take time, patience, trust and consistency. So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids -- where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what's important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks. We believe in the power of presence. Kids' lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose. This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God's love for them, will impact future decisions ... careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world. Requirements: - Committed Christian, active in a local church (Love Jesus, Love Kids!) Volunteer leaders are absolutely vital to the mission of Young Life. Without them, there literally would not be Young Life. It is their involvement that allows lives to be changed. On average, a leader "volunteers" approximately 5 hours a week to Young Life. Volunteer leaders participate in a full range of activities that help them build these significant relationships with kids. These include: * Contact Work: Spending unstructured time with teens. * Club: A weekly meeting with an emphasis on fun, high energy and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. * Campaigners: A weekly meeting where teenagers look at the Bible to learn more about God. * Camp: Weekend or weeklong trips at Young LifeÃ??s pristine facilities where we promise kids the best time of their lives. MISSION STATEMENT: Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. We accomplish our mission by: - Praying for young people. - Going where kids are. - Building personal relationships with them. - Winning the right to be heard. - Providing experiences that are fun, adventurous and life-changing. - Sharing our lives and the Good News of Jesus Christ with adolescents. - Inviting them to personally respond to this Good News. - Loving them regardless of their response. - Nurturing kids so they might grow in their love for Christ and the knowledge of God's Word and become people who can share their faith with others. - Helping young people develop the skills, assets and attitudes to reach their full God-given potential. - Encouraging kids to live connected to the Body of Christ by being an active member of a local congregation. - Working with a team of like-minded individuals -- volunteer leaders, committee members, donors and staff.
Initially Posted: 09/14/2011
Last Updated: 09/18/2016