Young Life Ghana

Reaching the young people of Ghana

One of the youngest ministries in Africa, Young Life in Ghana began in 2015 and has grown at rates only explainable by a good and faithful God. In 2023, there were over 27,000 kids known by name in 33 different Young Life ministries in Ghana!

In 2023, leaders knew 27,649 teens by name in Ghana.


  • Population: 34,121,985
  • Main languages: English, Akan
  • Number of ministries: 33

Ghana summary

Ghana was the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence in 1957. Well-endowed with natural resources, agriculture accounts for nearly one-quarter of GDP, and employs more than half of the workforce. Gold and cocoa exports are the major sources of foreign exchange. With a population of over 31 million people, 42% of which are under the age of 18, 71% of people identify as Christian. About 17% identify as Muslim and the rest with a traditional indigenous religion. English is the official language of Ghana, but there are a variety of local African languages that are spoken as well. Coastal towns Elmina and Cape Coast contain native shrines, colonial buildings and museums that serve as a reminder to the slave trade that dominated the country for 300 years. Ghana has traditionally been viewed as a model of African growth, yet since 2013 its economy has endured a growing public deficit, high inflation and weakening currency.

Since beginning in 2015, Young Life in Ghana has grown at rates only explainable by a good and faithful God. In 2023, YL Leaders knew over 27,600 kids by name. Every single week, about 500 kids attended outreach clubs to play games, connect with leaders and to hear a gospel message! Nearly 300 kids have joined small group Bible studies and continue to grow their faith in Jesus. As Young Life continues to grow in Ghana, we ask for your continued prayers. We need more committed volunteer leaders and new opportunities to connect in schools and neighborhoods.

Our impact

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Growth (2022)
Kids known by name 473 2,090 8,737 27,639 216%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 1,214 1,666 250 243 507 109%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 340 741 214 218 293 34%
Number of Ministries 16 16 22 22 33 50%
National Staff 1 1 1 1 6 500%
DGL 0 1 2 0 n/a n/a
Kids & Leaders to Camp 341 680 296 809 1,415 75%

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