Our Mission

About Itasca YFC

Our Vision
That every young person will have the opportunity to discover faith that is life-changing.

Our Mission
To care, mentor, and build relationships with youth through a faith-based approach by providing opportunities that are safe, inviting, and non-judgmental.

Our Values
  • Going where kids are
  • Winning the right to be heard
  • Building personal relationships with teens
  • Providing experiences that are fun, exciting and life-changing
  • Sharing our lives and the good news of the gospel with adolescents
  • Loving kids regardless of their response
  • Helping young people develop life skills, positive assets, and attitude change to reach their full potential
  • Working with a team of like-minded adults (volunteers, board members, donors, and staff)

Our Approach – Philosophy of Ministry
  • Time-tested approach: Itasca YFC began with a few simple ideas about how to reach adolescents with the truth of God’s love. Almost four decades later those simple ideas have become time-tested methods for engaging high school students in friendship and hope.
  • Caring for kids – Contacting: Because all kids need acceptance and support. YFC staff knows that a teen’s involvement in the program is directly related to how much time is spent with them. Staff seeks to “win the right to be heard”. Going out into a teen’s world is necessary.
  • A party with a purpose – Campus Life Club Meeting: What is it that makes Campus Life club the best night of the week for hundreds of kids every week. We like to believe it’s a party with a purpose. It’s controlled chaos that’s almost impossible to describe, but teens know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple truth that may impact their lives.
  • The best week of their lives – Campus Life Trip: Kids consistently tell us that the trip they went on was the best week of their life. That’s a rousing (and unsolicited) endorsement. But how else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind-boggling fun and where you experience and listen to the stories of peers and staff.
  • Adults who like kids – Community Board Member: YFC is making a difference in the lives of kids in the area because we are supported by adults who care about teens in our community. For every talented YFC staff person there is a team of dedicated volunteers who work indirectly with kids. The local board of directors is comprised of parents, Campus Life alumni, and civic leaders. They provide a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for the local YFC staff.
History of Itasca Youth for Christ
Mission of Itasca Youth for Christ
Itasca Youth for Christ's Statement of Faith
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