Warmth & Acceptance

I started volunteering with YoungLives in September of last year and I have been blown away by these teen moms and dads. Club nights are such a special experience to witness. I love to watch the parents come into Club with their little ones in tow. Many of the toddlers rush into the auditorium knowing they will be loved on by the volunteers, staff and other teen parents. There is a sacred sense of warmth and acceptance at Club. Everyone is welcome because all are loved and accepted by Jesus Christ.

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Parents start the night by having the opportunity to mingle and to shop through the plethora of baby clothes, toys and gear. At around 6:30, after everyone has arrived the entire group stops to pray for dinner. Everyone then enjoys a delicious home cooked meal served by the gracious volunteers. Eating with the families is one of my favorite aspects of Club. It has been a great time to talk to these moms and dads and really hear about what’s going on in their lives, what they are struggling with but also to hear about how well they are managing life and a baby. These parents are incredible. I am constantly amazed at all that these young adults are managing in their lives: from school to work to relationships to family to raising these sweet babies. It’s truly an amazing feat.

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After dinner, everyone listens to a gospel message that is given by a leader or volunteer. Recently, Adrienne gave an especially powerful message. She talked about how Jesus paid the ultimate price by dying on the cross so that our sins would be forgiven. Adrienne demonstrated this point by writing down a sin of her own on a piece of paper and then letting it dissolve completely in a container of water. I think it was a special type of paper that dissolves in liquid, but it so beautifully portrayed how no matter how we have sinned, by way of Jesus’s grace and mercy we are forgiven.

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We broke up into groups after the message and went over a number of very thought-provoking discussion questions. The teens talked about sin and forgiveness. The dissolving paper was passed out and everyone was asked to write down a sin of their own. There were some awkward moments at first, but then everyone in the group ended up writing something down on that piece of paper. No one was asked to share what they put on their paper, because it was between them and God. After everyone was done, each person put their “sin” into the water and stirred and that “sin” immediately dissolved. The exercise was really powerful and helped everyone see the power of Christ’s forgiveness.

It has been truly remarkable to witness these teen parents come together as a community, support one another and learn about Jesus’s love for them. These teens are investing in themselves as well as their little ones. I couldn’t be more blessed by my experience as a volunteer.

♥ Kirsten Beck, Mentor

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Becoming Part Of

Can you feel it? The days just got longer, the California sunshine came out from hiding (finally!!!), yes, spring is almost here! What that means to YoungLives is that we are in the midst of so many fun and exciting plans! Starting with the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, Teen Prom, Summer Camp, Baby Bottle Fundraiser, Fall Kick Off Training, and even the Annual Giving Gala is already in the works. We wanted to share some ways that you can become a part of YoungLives events. If this is the year that you planned on becoming more involved, just do it – the Lord will meet you in it. You will meet some of the kindest, Jesus loving, self-sacrificing people ever – not to mention we really have a GREAT time together!

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast – Saturday, April 27 :: 9:30 am-11:30 am

Need: Servers for Set up, Serving, & Clean up (this allows the volunteers that are being appreciated to enjoy a time of being served)

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Volunteer Appreciation

Teen Prom – Friday, May 10 :: 6 pm-9 pm :: Costa Mesa

Need: Dinner Sponsor (in the past we have had an amazing Paella dinner from local chef Richard Boufford/Just Good Fun sponsored by Barnabas Group and Corner Bakery donated a full spread, just to name a few.  Need: Tear Down Team (9 pm- 10 pm)

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Prom Night Dinner

Baby Bottle Fundraiser – May – June

Need: Grab a baby bottle from us, fill it up with coins, cash, or checks and CHANGE lives

Need: If you have a group that may be interested in this as a way to support local teen parents and their babies, let us know!!!!

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Annual Baby Bottle Fundraiser for Camp

Pancake Breakfast & Craft Fair – Saturday, June 1 :: 8 am-11 am :: Lake Park, HB

Need: Crafters! Rent a booth and sell your handmade items.

Need: Spread the word! This is such a fun community event, tickets are only $5

 

 

Summer Camp – Friday, June 14 – Tuesday, June 18

Need: Teen Mom Goodie Bags – we LOVE to be able to have a bag on each bed for the girls when they arrive to camp (some ideas – chapstick, hand lotion, sunscreen, candy, chips, handwritten note, $5 for the camp store/snack bar, etc…)

 

 

Fall Kick Off Training – Saturday, August 17 :: 8 am-1 pm :: Costa Mesa

Need: Join us to find out more about volunteering with YoungLives during the 2019/2020 school year.

 

 

Annual Giving Gala – Saturday, September 28 :: 6 pm-9 pm :: Yost Theatre, Santa Ana

Need: Mark your calendar for an incredible evening at the historic Yost Theatre in downtown Santa Ana. Dinner by 24 Carrots, inspirational speaker, teen testimonials, silent auction, and much more!

Need: Silent Auction items, services, and leads.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Kelsey

We are excited to introduce you to one of the many amazing moms that we have gotten to know at YoungLives. Kelsey found time in her busy schedule to answer a few questions that we threw out to her and I’m pretty sure you’re going to love getting to know her a little better and hearing how YoungLives has impacted her life.

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How long have you been coming to YoungLives? • I’ve been coming for a year now and it has been the best year of my life.

How did you find out about YoungLives? • Through my old high school. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was out of high school but wanted to try to connect with some mom groups and I knew that one of my high school teachers would know of some.

How would you describe what YoungLives is to a friend that doesn’t have a baby? • I would describe it as a safe, fun, loving group of people who are there to support and love on you with no judgment.

What would you say to another teen parent to convince them to give YoungLives a try? • I would say that you won’t regret coming to one meeting! The overwhelming amount of love and support that they give you just makes you feel that you are not alone. The mentors truly listen to you and are here for you no matter what. 

What is your favorite part about club night? • My favorite is when we break off into arts & crafts time. During this time the guys go off with the guy mentors and girls with the girl mentors. I like how we get a chance to talk more one-on-one with the mentors while doing a fun activity.

What are your dreams/goals? • To one day get married, have a good mindset on life, graduate from college, be the best mom that I can be for my daughter.

What’s the hardest part about being a mom? What’s the BEST part? • The hardest part is learning to balance being a mom, my social life, and school. The best part about being a mom is waking up and seeing my baby’s face. I love watching her grow and learn new things everyday.

Kelsey♥♥