Young Life is inviting the community to continue driving change in the lives of kids.
The public is invited to learn more about Young Life during a Driving for Change event 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at John Hirsch’s Cambridge Motors.
The event is an interactive, 30-minute walk-through fundraiser to see how Young Life is helping to create change for kids. Coffee and pie will be served. Those interested in attending can schedule a time for a walk-through by calling Shannon at 763-689-3823 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Central Young Life serves kids in the East Central Minnesota area, including Cambridge, Isanti, North Branch, Princeton and surrounding areas.
Young Life programs are custom-made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the term it uses for its program with high school students. The middle school program is WyldLife. The initiative for college and university students is called Young Life College.
Young Life offers several opportunities for students to get involved through camps, clubs, weekly gatherings, Bible studies and other opportunities.
“The May 5 event is a unique way to take you through a tour of Young Life from the beginning of the journey to how it’s benefitting our kids,” said John Hirsch, who is a member of the adult committee through Young Life called CREW, which stands for Committed, Recruiters, Encouraging, Workers. “We really want people to come out and have fun and learn about Young Life. There will be the walk-through portion of the event, as well as testimonies so you can hear why Young Life is needed in the community and how it can benefit our youth.”
Hirsch has been involved in Young Life for many years and recalled attending Frontier Ranch Young Life camp in Colorado in 1973. His children became involved in Young Life when they moved to the Cambridge area 17 years ago.
“When I moved my family up here, my 16-year-old daughter got to know people in town through Young Life,” Hirsch said. “The organization really welcomed the new ‘scared girl in town’ with open arms, and she really felt great. What Young Life did for my children was give them a faith-base in God that created stability in their lives and changed everything for them. The organization really made them feel accepted and it created new friendships for them.”
Hirsch said both of his daughters had enjoyable experiences in Young Life.
“Both of my daughters went to Young Life camps and did work on crews,” Hirsch said. “It was a real special time for them, and when they look back at their highlights in high school, Young Life was a highlight for them.”
The Young Life CREW is dedicated to sustaining the program in the area.
“Our CREW is going strong, and we are working hard to ensure that the Young Life program continues to grow and develop,” Hirsch said. “We have people in this program who truly care about our kids and want to see positive things happen for them.”
Young Life is a way to reach kids in the community.
“There are times when kids don’t always want to go to church youth groups, so Young Life is a way to reach out to those kids so they can form a relationship with God if they so desire,” Hirsch said. “Often times, this will lead those kids back to church. If parents are uncertain about Young Life, I encourage them to come to the May 5 event and truly learn what the program is all about.”
When brainstorming fundraising ideas, Young Life wanted an interactive event.
“This event will be an opportunity for parents and the business community to support Young Life,” Hirsch said. “Young Life isn’t just about the parents, but everyone in the community. We have been working on this event for a couple of months, and we are excited to offer this to the community.”
For more information on East Central Minnesota Young Life, visit http://eastcentralminnesota.younglife.org or call 763-689-3823. John Hirsch’s Cambridge Motors is located at 700 S. Garfield St., Cambridge.