Making An Impact


Young Life Leaders

Leaders are committed to being involved with teens' lives...from supporting them at their sporting events to listening to them talk about what's important to them. Our leaders help teens consider the direction of their lives, and they offer hope for their future.


Melba and her YoungLives Friend
More than 20 years ago, Young Life answered God’s call to run headfirst into the chaos of teenage motherhood with the hope of Jesus... and YoungLives was born.
YoungLives has never wavered from the original vision to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through Young Life’s time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in Christ.

We are currently doing YoungLives at Austin-East High School providing lunch and life skills curriculum 5 days a week.  We also have our monthly YoungLives club on Thursday nights where the teen moms get to hear a message of love, hope and redemption.


Mary Kendall & friend
Young Life is active in various high schools in Knoxville, It's making a difference in teenager's lives. Here's an example of how Young Life is reaching all teenagers: Mary Kendall regularly attends a few special ed. classrooms in Knox County where she is a Young Life leader. Mary Kendall goes to the class room to be a friend and to let the students know that someone cares about them other than their teachers and parents. Young Life calls this ministry Capernaum.

Knoxville Young Life History

The bus to Frontier Ranch
In 1946, the Superintendent of Knoxville Schools, Tom Prince met Jim Rayburn, founder of Young Life, in Memphis.  Prince was impressed by the changed lives of some Memphis Tech High School students who became Chrisitans after being involved in Rayburn's Young Life Campaign ministry.  Prince Urged Rayburn to get Young Life started in Knoxville.  During this year, Dick Langford showed up at Knoxville High and started doing contact work.  Wanda Mercer joined Dick in 1949. In 1951, they had their first Bearden Young Life club and the rest is history.  We are grateful for those people who have paved the way for so many high school students to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Young Life Knoxville | PO Box 647 Knoxville , TN 37901-0647

Phone: (865) 525-7468

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