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. Despite the challenges, Young Life leaders knew 6,658 kids by name, and on average almost 2,500 kids attend club and 3,300 at Campaigners.

In 2021, 6,658 teens were known by name in Senegal.


  • Population: 16,695,020
  • Main languages: French
  • Kids Known by Name: 6,658

Senegal summary

The Republic of Senegal lies in French-speaking West Africa and has an estimated population of 16.7 million people. 45% of the population is under the age of 18. Islam, which was initially introduced to Senegal in the 8th and 9th centuries, is practiced by approximately 95% of this population. The Christian community, at less than 4% 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, but because of staff's determination, Young Life has gained favor within the communities over time. Leaders are not just building relationships with kids, but also people in their communities in order to gain trust. Antoine, our key leader, continues to build his team and now there are 76 ministries, where 435 volunteer leaders know almost 7,000 kids by name!

Our impact

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Growth (2020)
Avg. Kids at Clubs 623 698 1,039 2,524 3,303
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 69 176 354 1,740 2,181
Number of Ministries 11 11 30 55 65
National Staff 1 2 2 2 4
DGL 0 0 0 2 3 5 67%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 952 457 1,541 2,494 2,030 0 N/A

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