Young Life Senegal

Reaching the young people of Senegal

Young Life began in Senegal in 2009. Because of external pressure and tension within the country, ministry in Senegal has not been easy. Yet, despite the challenges, Young Life Senegal reached over 14,300 kids in 2019 and over 3,000 kids attend club on average.

12,314 teens
reached in Senegal and counting…


  • Population: 16,722,948
  • Main languages: French
  • Kids reached by YLA: 14,390

Senegal summary

The Republic of Senegal lies in French-speaking West Africa and has an estimated population of 13 million people. Islam, which was initially introduced to Senegal in the 8th and 9th centuries, is practiced by approximately 95 percent of this population. The Christian community, at less than 4 percent of the population, includes Roman Catholics and diverse Protestant denominations. In Senegal, the hope of Jesus has been heard by very few.

Young Life began in Senegal in 2009. It has been challenging for followers of Jesus to make inroads in Senegal, but Young Life now has a firm foundation and is growing rapidly. Young Life has been asked to leave a number of locations where they were. Joseph, our key leader, has had to move his family several times, pressured by neighbors as they learned he hosts Young Life meetings at his home. Neighbors could hear praying and singing and became upset with Joseph. Parents have even punished kids attending outreach clubs. But Joseph and his other leaders have been meeting with parents and building trust in the community, which has helped greatly. Joseph states, “we must keep pressing, keep building relationships with these lost kids at all costs. That’s our job.” And as Joseph kept pressing on, over 14,300 kids have now heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the numbers continue to grow by the grace of God.

Our impact

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Growth (2019)
Kids Reached 5,926 6,212 8,762 12,314 14,390 17%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 623 698 1,039 2,524 3,303 31%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 69 176 354 1,740 2,181 25%
Number of Ministries 11 11 30 55 65 15%
National Staff 1 2 2 2 4 100%
DGL 0 0 0 2 3 50%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 952 457 1,541 1,494 0

Prayer Opportunities

The expanding of Young Life ministry in Dakar and in the country.

The YoungLives ministry in Casamance (Southern Senegal).

A particular leader who is struggling with eye issues.

Young Life ministry in villages.

Senegal DGL’s.

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