1941: Young Life is officially incorporated with 32 clubs in Texas, including “Old Club 37” - the original Young Life club at Woodrow Wilson High School. Ministry at the school and its now diverse student body continues today.
1951: More than 100 kids from different states attend the first week of camp at Frontier Ranch in Colorado. In 2016, more than 3,100 kids and leaders from North Central Texas – including 824 inner-city kids and leaders – attended camp at Frontier Ranch and other Young Life camps around the country.
1961: Founder Jim Rayburn gathers Young Life staff at Frontier Ranch for a three-day prayer meeting. Staff in Dallas continue that commitment to prayer today by setting aside the last Friday of every month for prayer. You can join our prayer team at northcentraltexas.younglife.org.
1977: Eleven full-time staff members lead Young Life in the North Central Texas Region. Today, 72 full-time staff serve in the region, including 13 full-time staff who work directly with inner-city ministries. Many other staff work with suburban schools where demographics have changed over the last four decades.
1982: Robert Toney - who is still a volunteer leader today - starts Young Life at South Oak Cliff High School. Today, friends like you support Young Life at South Oak Cliff and 48 other inner-city schools.
1988: Junior high Young Life – now known as WyldLife – begins in Lake Highlands. The first inner-city WyldLife club starts 12 years later at Boude Storey Middle School. Today, 27 of the region’s 39 areas have WyldLife clubs, and you’ll find WyldLife at 23 inner-city middle schools.
1992: The region starts its first Young Life ministry for kids with special needs from Notre Dame School of Dallas. Today, kids with special needs from across DFW are involved in YL Capernaum, including kids from five schools in the Fair Park/South Dallas area.
2002: Growth in Dallas’ inner-city areas continues as Young Life starts at Pinkston High School in West Dallas. Last year, 345 of the 940 students at the high school came to Young Life club at least once.
2009: Teen moms get to be a part of the region’s first YoungLives ministry in Oak Cliff. Last summer, 110 teen moms and their babies from across DFW went to camp with their YoungLives mentors.
2013: The Developing Latino Leaders program is launched to train potential Young Life staff to reach the state’s growing Latino population. Since then, five of the eleven DLL students have joined Young Life staff full-time.
Join us in praying that God will continue to change the hearts of kids across DFW for the next 75 years.