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The History of YoungLives in the Delaware Valley​

In 1941, an organization burst onto the scene that would dramatically impact the lives of teenagers all around the world. The phenomenon called Young Life has been so successful over the past 75 years that today it has a presence in every state in the United States and more than 100 countries.


Young Life’s mission is to offer teenagers a caring adult friend who will help them consider life’s difficult questions. They are able to talk about their spiritual issues, questions and struggles in a safe environment without being critically judged. Approximately two million middle school and high school students are involved with Young Life each year. More than 100,000 of them spend time at one of Young Life’s 23 camping properties in the United States and Canada.


Out of Young Life came YoungLives…

YoungLives began as a ministry designed just for teen mothers. YoungLives in the Delaware Valley was started by Barbara Johnson in October of 2004. Her tenacity, love for teen moms, and vision birthed our first two YoungLives clubs in began in October 2004. In February 2005, we began the first YoungLives club in Norristown and North Philadelphia.

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Where We Are Today

Currently we are running programs in 9 communities: Norristown, West Chester, Chester, Coatesville, Phoenixville, Sharon Hill, and  3 locations in Philadelphia, Olney, North Broad Street, and Kensington. With our monthly clubs we are reaching over 160 teen moms and some teen dads, as well. We now have well over 100 volunteers involved in a variety of ways in our work. Our mentors are walking alongside teen moms and helping them to finish school, get their children into pre-school programs, apply for jobs, apply to higher education, get safe independent housing and make better life decisions about parenting and relationships.


We have a number of former teen mothers who have now become Junior Leaders in our programs.


YoungLives DE Valley | 130 Lenape Dr Berwyn, PA 19312-1847