Young people in Africa face challenges — getting an education, finding a job, helping their families. They live with political instability and corruption, limited resources, drought, disease and famine, drugs and alcohol. They ask the same questions teenagers around the world ask: Who am I? Do I matter? Our leaders tell them they’re loved and have a purpose.
Since launching in Africa around two decades ago, Young Life has grown rapidly, reaching over 1,372,000 kids in a growing number of African countries. But we have done this by reaching one kid at a time.
“No matter what I try to do to fill the empty space in my life, I can’t fill it. Now after hearing the Word, I realize that nothing or no one can fill that space except God, who created me.”
Young Life Africa introduces teenagers to Jesus Christ and helps them grow in their faith. We work on a continent of young people; 75% of the population of sub-Sahara Africa is under the age of 25. When leaders share Jesus with kids, hearts change, lives change and communities change.
We train leaders to be rooted in God’s Word and to branch out into their countries and communities to love lost kids. Read the stories of a few of our senior leaders:
In 2022, leaders knew 1,032,048 kids by name.
And we’re doubling in size and impact every three years.
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