On May 30th, some members of the Studio21 Architects team attended an informational overview and fundraiser for the Hinsdale South Chapter of Young Life. The event was held at Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove and the goal was to introduce members of the Hinsdale South High School area (Burr Ridge, Willowbrook, and Darien) to the organization and raise funds to help establish a chapter in that community.
Young Life was incorporated in Gainesville, Texas in 1941 by Jim Rayburn, a part-time youth minister and seminary student. The goal was to reach out to kids disinterested in church by meeting them where they were and sharing the love of God with them. The organization has grown and now has a presence in all 50 states and more than 110 countries. In the Chicagoland area, there are currently 88 Young Life ministries
Everyone is welcome in Young Life which is why it is such a great option to have for area teens. Kids don’t have to make a team, squad, or qualify to be part of the organization. They don’t have to be part of a specific religion as all faiths are welcome. It is a Christian organization and it’s open to all high schoolers who wish to participate. It allows teens to have a safe space to be themselves and hang out with their friends.
The May 30th event was a success with over 50 people in attendance. The event helped to raise more than $5,000 which will go towards establishing the Hinsdale South chapter but, more importantly, it helped raise awareness of the organization and how it can have a positive impact on the community. In today’s society, there are so many pressures on young people; Young Life meets kids where they are at and lets them be themselves. This is why the Hinsdale South community is trying to restart the ministry in their area. It’s also a great opportunity for caring adults to volunteer their time and talents to help area kids. If you are interested in learning more about Young Life in your area, please visit their website at www.younglife.org. If you have interest in the Hinsdale South Chapter in particular, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.