Dayton Young Life


Life to the full.

​ Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.​

Who We Are

at a Glance


Young Life begins in the USA

In a town in Texas, at the request of his pastor, a young associate pastor named Jim Rayburn began showing young people how much God cares about them by showing up in their world and sharing the message of God's love through Jesus in ways and words they could understand and relate to.


Young Life begins in Dayton

Since the mid-1980s, Young Life has existed in our area. We have grown to include ministry at eleven high schools.

1500+ kids known by name

we meet kids where they are in life

Our staff and leaders go to dismissal, arrival, sports games, band concerts, and more, meeting kids and showing them that they have value and a purpose.

2.5 staff and 40+ volunteers

In Dayton, we have two full-time staff members, one part-time staff, and over 40 volunteers that are impacting kids lives. These leaders give hundreds of hours each week collectively in our area.

You Were Made For This


Your story matters, and it can make a difference beyond what you imagine.

Volunteer your time to work directly with young people.

Support the staff and leaders as part of the local adult committee.

Give resources to start or sustain the financial foundation at the local or national level.

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