Dr Glyn Henman Steps Down as Young Life CEO

16 March 2022

Dr Glyn Henman has dedicated over three decades of his life to serving Jesus through the mission of Young Life in Australia. After 31 years of employment and another five as a volunteer, he has decided to resign and step down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

Glyn has faithfully led the organisation with our founding mission at heart, seeing hundreds of young people come to faith in Jesus.  The Board expresses its sincere gratitude to Glyn for his commitment, drive and perseverance, particularly guiding the organisation during the last two years of uncertainty and change.  We are also grateful to his wife Anne, and daughters Madison and Laura.  They have not only supported Glyn but have been personally involved in the mission of Young Life, hosting an endless stream of visitors and events in their home, serving at camps, clubs, local activities and fundraisers.

Glyn’s contribution to the work of Young Life in Australia has been significant. He has pioneered the development of several new areas in South Australia, Canberra and Brisbane as well as supporting Young Life programs and staff in Belarus and Macedonia. The acquisition of a training facility in Armidale, overhauling online training materials for staff and volunteers, and building and maintaining relationships nationally and internationally have further fostered the growth of Young Life during his tenure. 

Reflecting on his time as CEO, Glyn said, “It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to lead Young Life Australia, to see new ministries established, and be part of a team reaching young people for Christ.  To build on the vision and be a part of an organisation which takes seriously the founding commitment to introduce young people to Jesus Christ has been transformational.”

“I want to thank Young Life’s talented, compassionate and committed staff and volunteers, past and present, for their tireless work, and for the positive impact they have on Australian young people.  I have loved my time with Young Life Australia and finish with a deep sense of gratitude for those who continue to dream for young people. I believe now is the right time to hand over this important work to the next generation of leadership.”

The Board has commenced a national search to identify our next CEO. We are deeply grateful for the steadfast support of our management team, staff, committees and volunteers during this crucial period of transition. 

Glyn remains committed to the work of Young Life and is working collaboratively with the Board and staff to ensure this process is as seamless as possible. He will finish with Young Life on Friday 29th April 2022.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the national office.

Kindly join me in wishing Glyn and his family, the very best for his next chapter.

 

God bless you!

 

Raj Mudaliar

Board Chair

Young Life Australia

 

 

 

 

Building meaningful connections at Young Life camps

There was plenty of joy on the ground with Young Life’s activities returning during the summer school holidays.

After a shaky couple of seasons with cancellations due to the COVID-19 restrictions, summer activities were back with events in Queensland, NSW/ACT and South Australia.

A one-day archery tag activity held in the Barossa in South Australia brought volunteers and kids together for fun and friendship. 

 “Young people need support, love and care, and Young Life is a great vessel for that.”
Charles , Young Life Barossa Volunteer

“At one stage we were looking for a lost necklace,” volunteer Charles  said. “We took the opportunity to open a discussion with the question: Who are you closest to? A couple of guys, unknown to each other, went off-topic and began talking about how they had no friends. As they were speaking, you could see a friendship was forming.

At Young Life Redlands in Queensland, three separate days of events comprised bowling, Frisgolf, and a water day. Volunteer Jonno said the fellowship on each day was brilliant. 

“One girl rocked up every day,” he said. “We’d met her before at breakfast events. I think she felt she was known and cared for – something she might not get from school.”

“I love being a representative and ambassador for Christ,” he said.

“I love the heart of Young Life. It’s adults leaving their own world and entering the world of young people – a confusing and complex world.”
Jonno , Young Life  Redland volunteer

Young Life Parramatta Area Manager Ben Hura says two people made on-site commitments to Jesus at the recent NSW/ACT five-day camp at Wiseman’s Ferry. “And since the camp two others have been to church for the first time,” he says. “God doesn’t work in percentages but overall it was an awesome success.”

Numbers of campers were down because of COVID but attendees still had a go at water sports, archery tag, bushwalking, and enjoyed a pool party!

In 2021, the Parramatta/Ryde Area was forced to cancel its Summer Camp because of the pandemic. “It felt good to get the Young Life family of volunteers together,” Ben says. “A number gave their testimonies.”

He says the two who gave their lives to Christ were scheduled to attend last year’s camp but missed out due to the cancellation. “It’s pretty cool they came back this year and even better that they became Christians,” Ben says.

 

Young Life will be holding camps throughout 2022, check the Events page to see what’s coming up.

 

 

 

SA Camp 2021 in Pictures

Changes to NSW/ACT CAMP – Jan 18-22

Adding value – Volunteers in Schools

Nathan Wilson (pictured below left) from Young Life in Redlands, QLD has been running the Friends Resilience Program for high school students in grades eight and nine at Alexandra Hills State High School during the past two years.

“I’ve seen the way these life skills learned over the course of two school terms are proving highly beneficial to the students,” says Nathan.

The course covers topics such as how to set achievable goals; how to regulate emotions; and how to manage conflict by neither being aggressive or passive but by being assertive and communicating well.  

 

We discuss the value of having true friends in our lives and strong mentors who can guide us in helpful directions,” says Nathan. The program is very conversational allowing the students to reflect on their own experiences in a positive and beneficial way; and to consider choices matter. 

Learning these life skills really helps teenagers consider ahead of time how they might respond when they find themselves in challenging situations in life,” said Nathan who thanked Alexandra Hills State High School for their input to the program.  

Queensland University of Technology has recognised the contribution Young Life has been making through this resilience program and has awarded Young Life a grant from their Staff Community Welfare Fund. This has enabled Nathan to continue the program in 2020. 

Contact Young Life in Redlands QLD

Support Young Life’s work making a difference in the lives of young people and by visiting our Donate page today.

 

For Parents and Carers – Covid-19 – Our next steps

Dear parents, carers and to everyone who attends Young Life Club,

Out of care and concern for the Australian community, we’d like you to know, Young Life Australia is aware of the latest advice about COVID-19 and is committed to acting responsibly. We are asking you to help us in line with the advice given by the respective Federal and State Health and Education Departments.

From Monday, June 29th, 2020 Young Life Australia will resume person-to-person activities and gatherings in a staged return in line with government health regulations. Please keep in contact by following us on Facebook and Instagram. Young Life Australia will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and act in step with developments according to Department of Education decisions and official advice from the relevant Health Departments.

We continue to advise that any person with COVID 19 symptoms not attend activities until they have quarantined for two weeks or have tested negative to COVID-19.

Thank you for being involved in Young Life and for helping us as we take the necessary steps to protect the wider community this season and as we begin to re-launch activities where appropriate.

We are committed to supporting young people and finding creative ways to keep in contact during the coming months. Please contact your Young Life leader and or Area Manager or myself if you have any questions.

Mark Stretton, Field Operations and Training Manager – Young Life Australia

P: 1300 557 647 E markstretton@younglife.org.au

Drought, Fire, Flood and Virus: Why We Should Pray for Young People

By Glyn Henman 

The last 12 months have sure thrown up some challenges for all Australians.  With soul wrenching drought, the devastation of a record-breaking bush fire season, flooding rains and now COVID-19 and a nation wide lockdown.  What are we to make of this time in history?  What impact is it having upon our young people?  Research will bring some answers to these questions in time, and time itself will show the depth of impact.   

But what can we do right now?  Let me first reflect on what I am seeing and hearing about what is happening with our teens.

Born in the age of 9-11

This current senior high school cohort were born in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, they entered their schooling during the GFC and now they are facing their final years of education studying from their bedrooms for months. 

With this comes the disappointment of not been able to finish well and do all of the ‘last things’ you get to do with your classmates.  The last sports carnival, the last school production, the last presentation, not to mention the loss of those key relationships with friends and teachers which so often bring inspiration for who we want to be and what we want to do with our lives.  The sense of loss and disruption will linger, even if Australia manages to re-open and keep the Covid-19 cases in check.  For teens in middle high school there is confusion and boredom and a sense of ‘why bother’. 

Is there any hope?  I believe there is.  As I reflect on my grandmother’s life, born in the late 19th century, her stories gather new meaning. My grandmother lived her life through two world wars, the Spanish Flu and a technological revolution (think: horse and cart to man walking on the moon).  What a resilient and innovative generation!  This current generation of young people will also rise.  Adversity brings opportunity.  Opportunities are taken by those who are open to new things and young people are the most open group among us. It will look different, but there is hope. 

Gratitude and seeds of hope

As I listen to my daughters reflect upon this time and how their friends are feeling, the sadness, fear and sense of loss is clear.  But they are grateful to have the security of family nearby.  They are thankful they can still get an education and they see opportunities in their future.  They are hopeful for their friends too because Covid-19 has provided both time and a reason to explore old answers to the big issues of meaning and hope.

Will this generation be as resilient and innovative as my grandparent’s generation?  I believe so and time will tell. 

So, what can we do right now? We can pray.

Pray that God will be our security, that people will turn to him, seek His face and be protected in troubled times. Psalm 91. 

Pray for Jesus to be lifted up so He will draw all of mankind to himself and for us to walk in the light. John 12:30-36. 

Pray for the hope and true rest that comes from God. Psalm 62:5-8. 

Pray for young people (and their families) in our community as they battle the highs and lows of living during a pandemic; and for clarity and a new vision as opportunities come their way. Isaiah 40:28-31. 

 

 

This is your life! Youth asked about Covid-19

The coronovirus pandemic has turned the world upside down. But what does it mean for youth?

Author and social researcher Claire Madden is asking youth (Gen Z) and young adults (Millennials) for their opinion in her 2020 survey.

Claire is a friend of Young Life Australia and so, we’re teaming up to gather the views of our young adult (Millennial) volunteers and those of young people – who are part of Generation Z.

You can have your say here at clairemadden.com.

Your views will help when Australia emerges from this time. Governments, schools, communities will better know how to support you!

Here’s a message from Claire:

 

 

 

Covid 19 Awareness

This document is a guide for Young Life Australia staff and volunteers. We’d like to share it as a source of information for parents, carers and other organisations we work with in partnership.

Young Life Australia is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all staff, volunteers, young people and their families.  With the outbreak of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronovirus) and its transmission in the wider community, our commitment is to act responsibly and in line with Health Department guidelines, to look after ourselves and everyone involved in the Young Life network.

General Precautions

  • Protect yourself and others: wash your hands regularly with soap (sing happy birthday to yourself and then rinse), cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Importantly – stay at home if you’re feeling unwell. 
  • If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of overseas travel or are in contact with someone else who has COVID-19, seek medical attention: call your GP, Healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or in an emergency, your local hospital emergency department.
  • In the event that you believe you have been in close contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, please ensure that you report to a doctor for testing. Please inform Young Life Australia as well.
  • Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
  • Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return to work.

 

Young Life Club Precautions – Instructions for Staff

  • Inform parents and young people Young Life Clubs and gatherings have been suspended until further notice from Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • Request parents inform Young Life Australia if in the next two weeks they or their child:
    • develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath or,
    • learn they have had close contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Please retain records of who attended activities just in case we need to inform health authorities in the future.

Young Life Australia will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and work through the implications of managing the COVID-19 challenge, responding to the relevant Health Department updates as they are announced.

Thank you for your ongoing support with this matter. We will continue to keep you updated.

 

Glyn Henman

CEO, Young Life Australia

P: 1300 557 647 E: office@younglife.org.au W: younglife.org.au

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