Making An Impact


Young Life has been involved in the lives of kids for over 65 years.  Founded by a man named Jim Rayburn in Dallas, Texas, Young Life has spread to all 50 states and over 50 different countries.  It is estimated that over one million kids are impacted by Young Life every year in the United States alone. 

Young Life West Feliciana was initiated when adults in our community started meeting together to pray for kids in August 2003.  Our first staff person, Dan Vander Woude, was hired in June of 2005, and in September 2005, trained volunteer leaders began entering into the world and lives of kids.  In July 2011, Dan Vander Woude moved to Monroe, Louisiana and we hired our new staff person Heather Blaylock. Every day of the week in our parish, you will find our leaders spending significant time with kids.

"What are you doing here again," a leader was asked the other day by a curious kid.  "I came to see you," he replied.  The leader's high school friend smiled back at him and said, "You're always here.  That's cool."

Kids long to matter, and kids long to be loved.  Daily, Young Life leaders are telling kids that they matter and are loved by simply opening and sharing their lives with them.  Our leaders spend almost 60 hours a week with kids- not including the time that two of them spend in the classroom with them as their algebra or Spanish teachers.

In the fall of 2006, we started Young Life Club at the hotel on the lake with around 25 on average.  The summer of 2011 saw 40 kids from West Feliciana attend a week of Young Life camp, and this fall we are averaging around 40 kids at Young Life Club.


Young Life West Feliciana | PO Box 2294 Saint Francisville, LA 70775-2294

Phone: (225) 615-6284

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