Young Life International - UK & Ireland


We Believe in Young People

Young Life International starts with caring adults who spend time building bridges of authentic friendship with young people - where they are, as they are.

We listen to their stories and learn what's important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.

Because their leaders believe in them unconditionally, young people begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose. Young Life International leaders offer young people adventure, hospitality and unconditional friendship.

Our staff and volunteers enter the world of adolescents, focusing on what matters to them: fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. In doing so, we earn the privilege of talking to them about something that we believe matters most of all: the truth about God and His love for them.

Join the Adventure

We believe that young peoples' lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them.

Young Life International is made up of people like you - who know that life was meant to be fully lived.

If you're a young person or student, you’re invited.

And if you're an adult who cares about young people, there are a number of ways to get involved.

We promise three things: you'll have outrageous fun, you’re welcome here and we'll talk about what really matters in life - including God's extravagant love for you.

Then and Now

at a Glance


Young Life begins in the USA

In a town in Texas, at the request of his pastor, a young associate pastor named Jim Raybrun began showing young people how much God cares about them by showing up in their world and sharing the message of God's love through Jesus in ways and words they could understand and relate to.

2 million

young people reached by Young Life staff and leaders

Whether it's in cities or villages, towns or tower-blocks, in countries on every continent, Young Life leaders are working with over 2 million young people, right in their own neighborhoods.


Countries with Young Life staff and leaders

Today, Young Life is a global organisation with local focus. You'll find Young Life leaders from diverse cultures, nationalities and backgrounds in over 100 countries around the world. ​



As Young Life's model of youth work continued growing healthily around the world, a group of adults from the UK and Ireland invited Young Life to begin working with young people in their communities.



Young Life International has 50+ staff and 250+ local volunteer leaders and committee members who enable the work with young people in local areas in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.



In the UK & Ireland, 4,448+ young people are involved in a Young Life International activity on a weekly basis.

All of us here at Young Life International take safeguarding seriously – we’d love to tell you more about our approach.

You Were Made for this

Your story matters, and it can make a difference beyond what you imagine.

Volunteer your time to work directly with young people.

Support the staff and leaders as part of the local adult committee.

Give resources to start or sustain the financial foundation at the local or national level.

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Young Life International is a company limited by guarantee. Company Number: 04364093. Registered Charity Number 1090515 (England and Wales) and SC043473 (Scotland).

Young Life Ireland is a trading name of Young Life, a company limited by guarantee. Company number: 638610. Charity number: 20206014. Registered in the Republic of Ireland. ​ Registered office: 388 North Circular Road, Phisborough, Dublin 7, D07T2R1.