About Young Life


Our mission is simple. We believe that every kid deserves the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ and follow Him. We are committed to bringing the Gospel to every kid - high school students, middle school students, college students, students with disabilities, teen moms, military families - and loving them regardless of their response.


Our message is Jesus. Young Life aims to present the person of Jesus and the amazing story of God’s love in a way that anyone could understand. And according to our founder, Jim Rayburn, “That’s not just what Young Life’s all about, that’s all that Young Life’s all about. Jesus Christ.”


Our method is friendship. We understand that kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Because of this, we make it our goal to “earn the right to be heard” by being present in the lives of adolescents in our community. We call the persistent going out into the world of kids “Contact Work,” but kids just call it friendship.​​


Young Life Santa Barbara | 3046 De La Vina St Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3312

Phone: 818-858-0679

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