Young Life Lehigh Valley

By Amarah Karlick, Journalism Student

  Young Life Lehigh Valley is a youth group organization run and sponsored by local Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, adult leaders, and student volunteers. This organization meets at 7:57  on Monday nights and 6:15  Friday mornings. Meetings are also located at different student volunteers´ homes.

  Students can find out these different locations by following Young Life’s Twitter and Instagram. At these meetings, talented high school students lead the crowd through music which is followed by an adult leader addressing students about the Bible and Jesus Christ in terms youths can understand.

  Young Life is a safe place for adolescents to let their faith grow together. These meetings have a welcoming, and fun-loving environment, and all students are invited to attend. Afterwards, these students meet at the McDonald’s on Linden Street. There is also a fall weekend trip approaching. Attend any meeting for more information and a brochure.

  Shaun McNulty is a heavily involved student volunteer, who is also a senior at Freedom.

  “One of the main ideals in Young Life in my opinion is to not only to spread the message and relationship and love of God in our lives but to make our lives and days at Freedom easier,¨ said McNulty.

     He believes that Young Life´s purpose is to spread happiness and acceptance to all people of any walk of life.

  ¨Well for one I get to see and meet the amazing people at Young Life each week I wouldn’t get to as they come from these different walks of life. It helps me see what Freedom really is as a whole,” said McNulty.

  Grace Taylor is another heavily involved student volunteer, who is also a sophomore here at Freedom. In her opinion, the purpose of Young Life is to bring people together, and teach them more about the lord.

  “I hope that they just feel comfortable, there’s some people who go to Young Life who maybe don’t have a lot of friends or something and the way of Young Life we just love to bring people and draw people to young life and bring a community of kids together who are just happy and who want to be there and I think it’s a really awesome thing. I think everyone should at least try it out,” said Taylor.

  Through Young Life, students can gain knowledge on who Jesus is in a whole new way. It is also a great way for them to find their faith, and figure out who they are as an individual.

  “For me I gained knowing who Jesus is in a whole different way, I didn’t really know what my faith was until I went to Young Life and I didn’t know it was my own. I always thought it was like the church I went to. But ever since I went to Young Life I realized this is my own and I can share this with people and I can share my faith by just smiling at someone or giving someone a hug,” said Taylor.

  All students in Young Life are very passionate, and support of the ideals and message of Young Life.

A Young Life Student Activity

Photo- Amarah Karlick

Mrs. Erdman is an English and journalism teacher at Freedom High School in the Bethlehem Area School District in Bethlehem, PA.

Please feel free to visit her sites: Mrs. Erdman     The Freedom Forum

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