Young Life was made for Africa

Our story

We are passionate about bringing the transformational power of the Gospel to teens across Africa. We introduce young people in Africa to Jesus and help them grow to be multiplying, disciple-making leaders for the Kingdom.

Over the next five years

  • M+

    Over 1 million kids will hear a clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • K+

    Over half a million kids will be discipled weekly to learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
  • M+

    Our African leaders will reach over 7 million kids, forming friendships and modeling what it means to be a disciple.

Our fundamental principles

  • Discipleship

    We make disciples…one kid at a time. Each leader mentors and disciples three kids on their leadership tree.

  • Message

    We are committed to the message of grace, hope and salvation in Jesus Christ in all we are and all we do.

  • Leadership

    We are committed to raising up and training indigenous leadership in every African country.

  • Church

    We are committed to supporting the local church to build and encourage the body of Christ in each country.

  • Partnership

    We rely on a strong interdependent partnership – sharing gifts and resources – between Young Life in Africa and the U.S.

“I have come to understand that Jesus loves me no matter what mess I am in.”


Our impact in 2023 across Africa

  • Kids at outreach clubs every week
  • Kids in discipleship groups every week
  • Countries in Africa and the Middle East
  • National staff
  • Developing Global Leaders
  • Volunteer Leaders

Young Life recently celebrated its 81st year and Young Life Africa entered its 21st year as a division. We started in one country, in one city with five clubs. Today we touch 28 countries with over 3,000 ministries in total.

Learn more about how teenagers in Africa are coming to know Jesus through Young Life

Our heroes

We’ve been blessed with an amazing team of talented,
Jesus-focused, Gospel-minded individuals.

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