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Your gift brings light and community into the life of teens

Dear Friends, 

Will you help Young Life Australia reach more teens with a life-changing message of hope? 

The end of the financial year is fast approaching and I’m writing to ask if you will consider making a donation toward Young Life’s youth programs. 

Your gift really will make a difference! 

In the past year, Young Life Australia has played a part in more than 3000 young lives through our programs, camps and chaplaincy work. Our uniquely local and relational programs are helping to impact the life and culture of close to 60 school communities across Australia… and we’d like to do more. 

I’m sure you agree, making a difference in the life of just one teenager who is struggling to believe in their own self-worth is incredibly worthwhile. 

But in reality, every time a teenager turns from despair to a new sense of hope, ripples occur in every direction. Classmates notice the difference. Teachers, parents and siblings watch in amazement.  

Everyone can see the change and are filled with hope because the young person they know and love, has found a new sense of purpose. 

Ebony’s* story is one such example. Ebony’s early years were spent in foster care due to the turmoil in her mother’s life. Today she lives with her grandmother and attends a school where Young Life is active. Recently she began attending Young Life Club. It was the change in a close friend that attracted her interest. Why had he changed? What was behind it?  

Her skepticism was high but Young Life Club wasn’t threatening or weird. Over time she became a regular and Young Life gave her a place to think through her early experiences which were troubling. She learned about God’s love for her which has changed the way she sees her own value as a person and her life at school and home. Young Life allowed Ebony to grow in assurance, simply by offering friendship, consistency and words of hope. 

This is the real gift – and there are many stories like this arising through Young Life’s work in your area as well. 

I believe, there are countless young people like Ebony searching for answers and acceptance. With your help, Young Life will continue to offer a sound and secure base upon which young people can grow and develop socially, emotionally and spiritually. 

Please, will you make a donation by downloading our Giving Form and returning it to Young Life Australia, PO Box 240, West Ryde NSW 1685? If you are a regular donor, it is possible to increase your regular gift or to make a one-off additional tax-deductible gift. Our online giving page can be found at younglife.org.au/give. 

We are so thankful for your involvement in the work of Young Life. 

Yours faithfully, 

Glyn Henman

CEO | Young Life Australia

  • Ebony’s name and some details have been changed for privacy reasons

Young Life Club opens in Hawker

It’s happening. Our first Belconnen Club! And if you are in the Hawker-Belconnen area and in high school or college, you are invited…

Young Life Canberra is responsible for pancakes and Bubble Soccer at Belconnen High.

You can expect games, challenges, themes, food and a chance to relax and chat. It’s fun, a bit crazy and a really good place to hang out with friends outside of school.

The team who are leading Club are volunteers and are known to students at Belconnen High for running the pancake breakfast.

Young Life Australia runs camps as well as Clubs, including a national Summer Camp held in Jindabyne every January.

“So come along, don’t miss out. We meet this week on Thursday, 12th April, and every second-week starting next term in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10,” says Alex.

What: Young Life Belconnen, a youth group for all high-school and college-age young people

When: Thursday, April 12 at 3.36pm and every second week from the beginning of Term Two.

Where: Corner of Beetaloo St and Belconnen Way (Christ Church Hawker)

The venue for Young Life Belconnen, Christ Church Hawker

For more information about Young Life Canberra, email Alex Lee or call 0427 208 778.

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Young Life Staff gather

Young Life Australia’s annual staff gathering took place this week.

The team flew in from around Australia to plan, train and share their experiences working with young people.

“Thanks to everyone who has taken part, particularly those who have shared their knowledge and experience,” says Glyn Henman, Young Life Australia’s CEO.

May 18-20: Next Steps

2019: Ryde Club