Young Life
Downtown · Uptown · The East Side · The West Side

Young Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to adolescents.

Mission: Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.  

Vision: Every adolescent will have the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ and follow Him.

Our volunteers develop sincere friendships with teenagers and help provide them weekly events to learn the skills, assets, and attitudes that will help them reach their God-given potential in life.
Our funding provides direct program support to various Young Life chapters in NYC to cover rent, materials and supplies, field trips, and other enrichment activities for the youth involved.
Through our capacity building support, we're working with Young Life staff to re-evaluate their outcomes metrics to effectively measure program impact.

In order to become a Young Life club volunteer, you will need to attend Quest training which is offered twice a year and will be listed in the upcoming opportunities section below for sign ups.

Neighborhood Clubs

  • Chelsea: Volunteers assist with weekly club activities at Fulton Houses for middle school youth on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00PM, and high school youth on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00PM.
  • East Harlem: Volunteers assist with weekly club activities at Harlem Village Academy High for high schools youth on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00PM.
  • Upper West Side: Volunteers assist with weekly club activities for middle school youth on Fridays from 5:00 to 7:00PM.


  • Volunteers assist with weekly club activities and lead Bible studies for high school youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities on Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30PM.
  • Female volunteers (only) assist with monthly club activities, lead Bible studies, and mentor pregnant or parenting teen moms.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

See below to sign up for these opportunities.
“It’s interesting watching how being there week in and week out, they almost start to depend on you being there. It kind of builds trust and our kids are still relatively young, though we have a couple of seniors and a fair amount of juniors. It’s vital to make yourself open to having hang out time and conversations and even realizing that with them, sometimes the subject matter won’t be what you want to talk about.”
Alex, Volunteer
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