As trust develops, we earn the privilege of hearing their stories, and sharing life-giving solutions. Building these relationships gives us a deeper understanding not only of their specific needs, but the responses they require. Direct Contact Work places us within reach of 2,000 teens each week during the school year.
A series of small groups that offer life-skills classes to students involved in our weekly outreach. We teach goal setting, conflict resolution, self-image and healthy relationships, and a strong variety of other topics.
Leaders facilitate discussions about the relevant issues affecting their lives, and share a Christian message of encouragement. We shape settings that help students with homework, develop leadership, and give them the confidence they need to overcome their struggles. Clubs occur weekly in homes or at nearby community gathering places.
Mentorship means first having a presence—our leaders walk the halls of each of these schools; we eat at the lunch tables and cheer in the stands at ball games. Though surrounded by peers, too many teens feel lost and alone. By investing our love, our time, and our devoted attention, we can kindle fires of friendship. We believe we can light our community as each new flame touches another.
Young Life Salinas desires to secure the future promise of every student. Given the challenges affecting our teens, we must meet them with resources designed to do more than fill empty time. Relational connection forms the root of our mentorship endeavors. In this way, we can dismantle the sense of isolation and disconnection that pervades so much of adolescence. We want Monterey County teens to know they are valued, accepted, and supported. Only then will their achievements carry the weight of character and conviction.
One of our ongoing approaches involves providing a safe place for students to come before and after school. Students have a place where they can grab a meal, talk to their mentors and do their school work. In addition to providing a meal, we work on a craft or activity, take time to play games and laugh together, and present a message about life relevant to their needs.
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