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The 5 c's of Young Life

Contact work

Because kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care, Young Life leaders show they care by going where kids are, meeting them as they are, and believing in who they can be. Within Young Life we call the persistent going out into the world of kids "contact work," but kids just call it friendship.​​


What is it about Young Life club that makes it the best night of the week for thousands of kids every week? We like to think of it as a party with a purpose. It's controlled chaos that's almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about God's love for them. After all, that's what the celebration is a​ll about.


Young Life ​Campaigners (a name that points back to the early days when Young Life was referred to as "The Young Life Campaign") is a weekly meeting for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. Young Life leaders also encourage these kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation.


Kids consistently tell us that Young Life camp is the best week of their lives. That's a rousing (and unsolicited) endorsement! But how else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind-boggling fun and you experience and listen to what we believe is the greatest love story ever told?


Young Life is making a difference in the lives of kids around the world because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community. For every talented Young Life staff person, there is a team of dedicated volunteer leaders which works directly with kids. In each community, the local "committee" — composed of parents, Young Life alumni and civic leaders — provides a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for the local Young Life team.​​​​​

Staff Bio:
Brooke Runzo

Brooke joined the Lee County Young Life staff in 2021 when she moved with husband Ethan from Charleston, SC to Sanford. Brooke graduated from the College of Charleston in 2018 and worked in event planning and Minor League Baseball community relations before coming on to Young Life staff. She was a volunteer Young Life leader for 7 years before moving to Sanford!

Young Life in Lee County began in 2018 and we are celebrating our 5th full year of ministry in 2023!
Lee County Young Life Leaders
Charles Blum
Macy Faulk
Eric Vernon
Andrew Bass
Ethan Runzo
Brooke Runzo

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