Kids connect at Delta County Young Life
By McKenzie Moore
Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015 1:20 pm
Many students in Delta County come to school wearing "DC Young Life" T-shirts. This indicates their membership in a countywide youth group that meets every Monday night. Young Life is a global organization based in Colorado Springs that branches out into numerous different groups with different focuses. Delta County Young Life allows youths from all over the county to gather and connect with each other.
Young Life member Sierra Baldozier expresses her love for the group. "It's a place for kids to go and have fun. It's an escape to do some crazy activities. It's a religious group, but it's also about finding yourself." Sierra also states that Young Life plans to have a winter camp later this month. She describes it as "a bigger version" of the weekly meetings, with groups from all over the region coming together. The event happens twice a year: once in the summer and once in the winter.
Young Life members participate in a vast array of activities throughout the year, including 5k runs and paint parties. The group also participates in activities outside of the area, attending concerts and summer camps. The members enjoy spending time with each other and creating memories in a safe environment. Each activity provides the members with useful skills, such as facing their fears and communicating their ideas. Students also have the opportunity to be named "leaders" in the club, which gives them the job of helping other members and obtaining lifelong leadership skills.
All members of the youth group express their passion for the experiences it gives them every week. Cedaredge member Shane Gates encourages county youths to attend the weekly meetings. "Young Life is an awesome way for all types of kids to get involved. I highly recommend all high schoolers to attend." Young Life meets Mondays at 7:29 p.m. at 1009 E. 13th Street in Delta.