Young Life Canada held their annual Okanagan Golf Tournament this past Friday at the Sunset Ranch Golf Club here in Kelowna. Rykon was proud to send a team of golfers and participate as a Hero sponsor. This is Rykon’s 8th straight year as a hero sponsor at the tournament as we proudly support the Young Life organization and all that they do to enhance the lives of young adults here in the Okanagan.
The tournament was well attended this year, as per usual, as golfers enjoyed a great day on the course followed by an excellent evening, highlighted by dinner, prizes, and information about Young Life’s current projects and opportunities.
A little bit about the Young Life organization and their leaders:
Young Life leaders are committed to friendships with kids – no strings attached. Leaders spend time with kids playing road hockey, going to the mall, watching a basketball game, heading to the ski hill – leaders go to where the kids are and enter their world. We are all about communicating God’s love to kids in terms they can understand. We welcome all teenagers; both junior and senior high, regardless of race or religious beliefs. Young Life values and respects all young people, and strives to make them all feel welcomed and accepted.
Young Life goes where the action is:So how does it work? Here is Young Life’s unique approach to working with young people:
Contact WorkYoung Life staff and volunteer leaders go where kids are; the high school campus, school games, practices, and local hangouts. Leaders work on building bridges of friendships in order to “earn the right to be heard.
An experience in controlled chaos, Club, usually associated with a high school, typically meets weekly for an hour or so. Young Life leaders create a high energy environment featuring songs, skits, and participation games. Towards the end of the evening, a leader gives a talk on an aspect of the Christian message. Club is the place to be, to enjoy friends and be part of the action. Club is a safe place to be one’s self and to express that teenage tendency to push the limits.
Campaigners This is the name given to our weekly Bible study and high school leadership team. Staff and leaders hold weekly discussion groups to give teenagers the opportunity to grow in their Christian faith and to plan and implement the weekly clubs. The goal is to see these young people become active participants in their church community.
Camping A Young Life specialty! At our camps kids can indulge their passion for adventure, challenge themselves athletically, hang out with friends, or share their hearts with a leader. Our outstanding new camp, RockRidge Canyon, has facilities for swimming, water skiiing and wakeboarding, mountain biking, hiking, basketball, sand volleyball, road hockey, and skateboarding as well as just “hanging out”. After a week at a Young Life camp, most kids say, “I had the best week of my life!” Registration for all Young Life camps, including our summer camps at RockRidge Canyon, is done through the local Young Life clubs.
Rykon would like to congratulate Young Life for all the work they do in the community and encourage them to continue making a positive impact in the lives of teens and young adults. Thanks for your dedication and attitude towards making a difference in the lives of people!
For more information on Young Life and their initiatives you can visit: http://www.younglife.ca/