Young Life - Morgans
Web Site - marin.younglife.org
Shea and Sandee Morgan with Young Life Marin
Hi! My name is Shea and my wife Sandee (Needens) Morgan was raised and met Jesus at Grace Ceres. Together, we lead volunteers as they minister to lost students in Marin County, California through Young Life!
Young Life is an adolescent outreach that was started in 1941 with the intention of bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to students who would normally not set foot inside a church. In Marin County, that's 99% of the population! Marin is a very post-christian community, which means the average Marin resident feels Christianity is an out of touch and irrelevant religious practice. Our hope is that, regardless of their judgment of Christianity, students and parents are willing to give leaders a chance to care for them. In that relationship the students will get a glimpse of Jesus!
We reach teens by going where they hang out and become friends with them. Our hope is that they will some day join us at one of our weekly clubs around Marin where they can have fun and hear a brief message about Jesus that is easy to understand and engaging on their level. We then invited those interested to come away with us to a week long camp where every day and night is purposefully centered around the redemptive work of Jesus. Even the games we play point to Jesus' life, death and resurrection in cool ways! If teens are interested in following Jesus, we disciple them and get them plugged into one of our local churches with their leaders.
We currently have four separate clubs around Marin. Two of them WyldLife (our name for middle school ministry), one is Young Life (the name for our high school ministry) and we have a Young Life College outreach at Dominican University. We currently have around 25 volunteer leaders at all four locations and are expecting that number to grow steadily in the near future. I also have a team of adults on my Committee. The Committee supports Young Life Marin from behind the scenes by putting on fund raisers, planning our vision/goals and supporting our volunteers/staff. Besides me, we have a part time Administrative Staff, Jessica Pridemore.
If you'd like to pray for us, please pray for...
1. Financial help as we raise 100% of our local budget.
2. New volunteers as the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
3. Students who are interested in hanging out.
About Young Life
Out There In the World of Kids
Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults 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 around the world — where they are, as they are. Leaders faithfully attend football practices in the Minneapolis suburbs, mingle with teenagers at a mall in Stockholm and play pick-up soccer with former child-soldiers in Liberia. 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 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 reached out and entered their world.
Who is Young Life for?
Everyone is welcome in Young Life! Our programs are custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of our organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students. We call our middle school program WyldLife. The initiative for college and university students is called Young Life College.
Young Life’s multicultural ministry, focused on kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically-depressed areas, is arguably the largest of its kind in the United States. We refer to our ministry to kids with disabilities as Capernaum and to our work with teen moms as YoungLives. In a partnership with Military Community Youth Ministries, Young Life reaches military teens through a program called Club Beyond. The Small Towns initiative brings Young Life to communities of fewer than 25,000 people.
A Time-Tested Approach
Young Life began with a few simple ideas about sharing the truth of God’s love with adolescents. Those simple ideas have become time-tested methods for reaching out to middle school, high school and college students in friendship and hope.
Caring for Kids - Contact Work
Because kids don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care, Young Life leaders show they care by going where kids are, meeting them as they are, believing in who they can be. Within Young Life we call the persistent going out into the world of kids “contact work.” But kids just call it friendship.
A Party with a Purpose - Club
What is it about Young Life club that makes it the best night of the week for thousands of kids every week? We like to think of it as a party with a purpose. It’s controlled chaos that’s almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about God’s love for them. After all, that’s what the celebration is all about.
The Best Week of Their Life - Camp
Kids consistently tell us that Young Life camp is the best week of their life. That’s a rousing (and unsolicited) endorsement! But how else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind-boggling fun and where you experience and listen to what we believe is the greatest love story ever told?
A Time to Question, Learn and Grow — Campaigners
Campaigners is a weekly gathering for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. We invite kids to actively follow Jesus Christ — and we’re with them for the long haul to help them take those steps of faith with unconditional love. Along the way, we encourage kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation.
Adults Who Care - Committee
Young Life is making a difference in the lives of kids around the world because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community. For every talented Young Life staff person there is a team of dedicated leaders who works directly with kids. In each community, the local “committee,” comprised of parents, Young Life alumni and civic leaders, provides a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for the local Young Life team.