Tallahassee Young Life
P.O. Box 3743
Tallahassee FL 32315
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 3743
Tallahassee, FL 32315
Telephone (850) 727-0032
E-mail tallahasseeyl@gmail.com
Alternate Address 820 East Park Ave. Unit B
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://www.tallahassee.younglife.org
Teen Mom's at Camp!
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Young Life Tallahassee
Young Life
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 84-0385934
Year of Incorporation 1941
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $273,500.00
Projected Expenses $201,000.00
Mission Statement
Young Life's mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
Needs Statement
  • Prayer Support
  • Volunteer Leader
  • Leadership Support Group
  • Area Committee
  • Donor
Impact Statement
Our Vision: To be able to say, with confidence, that every young person in Leon County has the opportunity both to hear about the love of Christ and to grow in a relationship with Him.
Tallahassee YL Impact (last 5 years)
  • 1,500+ kids attended clubs
  • 600+ kids attended weekend & summer camps
  • 150+ trained volunteer leaders
  • 60+ rolls of plastic wrap used
  • 49,657+ hours volunteered
Current Goals:
  • 10 Church partners
  • $250,000 budget
  • 3,000 kids known by name
  • 40 Board Members200 Volunteer Leaders
Background Statement
Young Life was incorporated in 1941 by Jim Rayburn, a seminary student and part-time youth minister in Gainesville, Texas. He wanted to reach out to kids who were disinterested in church. Rayburn took the challenge to go where the kids were, meet them on their turf and find a creative way to share the love of God with them. Rayburn's method of reaching out to adolescents worked in 1941, and it continues to be effective today. Young Life now has more than 3,000 staff, 30,000 volunteers and is in more than 75 countries reaching more than 1.2 million kids annually with the good news of God's love for them.
Service Categories
Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Tallahassee, Leon County
Board Chair Statement
In Young Life, we realize every "number" represents a kid who desperately needs to know the truth about God's love in a way he or she can comprehend, with the freedom to respond as he or she chooses. Numbers are important then, because they represent more kids experiencing the Savior. That's why we'll continue to reach out to kids in more than 70 countries and all 50 states, from Ireland to Indiana, Bulgaria to Brazil, Kentucky to Kenya. And we won't stop there! Through God's leading, the support of our faithful donors, and the tireless commitment of our staff, leaders and committees, we anticipate 2012 will be a year of reaching even more kids in more places!
- Curtis McWilliams, Young Life Board of Trustees Chair
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement
We recently celebrated our 70th birthday in Young Life! In the first 68 years, we increased our reach to one million kids per year. Now we'd like to reach two million per year before we turn 75! Call us crazy, but we've already surpassed our initial benchmarks and are moving with momentum toward our aggressive goal. Maybe it's because we're motivated by a single-minded mission: We want more kids to meet Jesus Christ!
We may be 70 years old with a million reasons to sit back and be statisfied, but we're greedy as a grade-school kid in a candy store instead. We want more kids at club, more kids at camp, and ultimately, more kids following Jesus. So we're maximizing all our resources through our Reaching a World of Kids (RWOK) initiative and making great strides. It's good to be greedy when we're talking about kids and Jesus. Thank you for helping us reach more and more kids with God's redeeming love.
- Denny Rydberg, Young Life President
Young Life's efforts to reach every kid have resulted in a number of specific ministries for Tallahassee Area. Each of these ministries apply the basics of Young Life's approach to meet kids where they are. 

  • Capernaum: Young Life's ministry to kids with disabilities, named after the town where Jesus performed many miracles. International:
  • WyldLife: Young Life's ministry to middle school kids.
  • YoungLives: Young Life's ministry to teenage moms.
  • Young Life: provides healthy, creative fun. From weekly clubs to seasonal camping experiences to daily outings with leaders, Young Life is known around the world as an organization that knows how to have fun. Club meets once a week and has been described as "controlled chaos." Leaders combine songs, humor, and group interaction to create an hour of energetic fun where kids can express that teenage tendency to push the limits-but within the controlled context of a safe environment. Campaigners is the name for Young Life's Bible study program. Kids often meet in small groups with a Young Life leader during the week to discuss their ideas and question about faith and begin exploring the Bible. These groups were named from a term we've kept around since Young Life was called "The Young Life Campaign" in the early '40s. Camping is one of Young Life's specialties. Kids can discover adventure and prove their prowess by climbing through a ropes course in the tops of trees, barreling down a water slide from hundreds of feet up the side of a mountain, riding horseback along scenic trails, water skiing, parasailing, racing go-carts around muddy tracks and enjoying what Young Life leaders promise to be one of the best weeks of their lives.
Budget $215,000.00
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Long term Success

Tallahassee Young Life Long Term Goals:

  • 10 schools
  • 3,000 kids known by name
  • 1,000 kids at club
  • 300 kids at Campaigners
  • 300 kids going to camp
  • 250 leadership support & Board members
  • $250,000 budget
Program Success Monitored By
In Young Life, we give kids the first word. We don’t start with a program, rather we go into their lives with open ears and listen. We call this deliberate step into the world of kids “contact work.” It’s a time for learning names and hearing stories (some of which will break your heart), building bridges of authentic friendship. In Young Life, we call this "earning the right to be heard" as kids really don’t care what you know until they know you care for them. Kids are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, caring about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks, and sharing God’s love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
We know this works because Young Life has been in Tallahassee since 2005.
All leaders are required to attend our weekly college program called Explore which is a mission oriented training and growth. After a series of interviews and leadership training, background checks are performed (by Service Center in Colorodo Springs, CO) and they are placed into our ministry. Many of our leaders grew up in Young Life from their hometowns and volunteer as a leader while they are in college.
This is a time tested approach since Jim Rayburn began in 1941. Our measurement of success is determined by many of our kids who attend summer camp, in turn enjoy Young Life throughout the rest of the year and invite their friends to come along!
90 percent of life is just showing up and so Young Life wants to be present in school lunch rooms, at football games and other places young people gather. Our success is leaders showing up to games, lunches, school events & building relationships.
At our heart is relationships and Jesus Christ.

Read more:Griffin Daily News - Speaker describes success of Young Life
Examples of Program Success
Young Life Success!
  • Leon High School
  • Chiles High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Swift Creek Middle School
  • Deerlake Middle School
  • Maclay
  • Gretchen Everhart School
  • 10 teen moms attending a weekly Bible Study
  • 1.,500 + kids attended clubs
  • 600+ kids attended weekend & summer camps
  • 150+ trained volunteer leaders
  • 49,657 + hours volunteered!
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Since 1941, Young Life has been making a difference in the lives of kids around the world because we are invited and supported by adults who care about kids in their community. Our staff and volunteer leaders are trained in time-tested methods of relating with adolescents, and they are equipped by a world-class organization dedicated to effective ministry.  Young Life is in more than 70 countries, reaching nearly one million kids each year with the life-changing message of Godls love for them.
We believe that every adolescent deserves a chance to consider the Christian faith in terms they understand from people they trust. We encourage those who want to grow in their faith to not only explore it in study but we also encourage them to deepen it in service, share it in leadership and celebrate it in a church of their choosing.
Board Chair
Board Chair Scott Higginbotham
Company Affiliation Capital City Harley Davidson, Tallahassee
Term May 2014 to May 2016
Board Members
Beau Beaubien Lawyer
Mallory Chason Community Volunteer
Nick Chason President, Albritton Williams Construction
Julie Drew Community Volunteer
Everitt Drew Community Volunteer
Linzy Foster Community Volunteer
Matt Foster Community Volunteer
Cynthia Gaines Community Volunteer
Krisitn Gardner Dunlap, Toole, Shipman & Whitney, P.A.
Alyssa Gill Community Volunteer
Meg Haiston Zaxby's
Andy Hanion Community Volunteer
L.A. Hanion Community Volunteer
Frankie Lynn Higginbotham Community Volunteer
Scott Higginbotham Capital City Harley Davidson, Tallahassee
Betty Higginbotham Retired
Joel Kennedy YoungLife Area Director
Katherine Kennedy Area Director's Wife
Trish Kurowski Community Volunteer
Shannon Mahoney Assistant Area Director
Heather Mayo Community Volunteer
Wayne Mayo Community Volunteer
Michael McBride FL Dept. of Transportation
Julie McBride Community Volunteer
Louise Murphy Community Volunteer
Rob Murphy Community Volunteer
Carol Perrier Community Volunteer
Karen Rentz BSF kids volunteer
Todd Resavage Community Volunteer
George Smith Community Volunteer
Margi Smith Community Volunteer
Chip Williams Realtor
Kristen Williams Community Volunteer
Dr. Andy M. Wong MD Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic
Ann Wong Gilchrist Elementary Teacher
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 34
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 21
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 57%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Joel Kennedy
Term Start June 2013
Email ylkennedy@gmail.com
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Area Director
Title Area Administrator
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 70
Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)2013
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2013
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2014
Projected Revenue $273,500.00
Projected Expenses $201,000.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$291,326$303,804$353,297
Administration Expense$19,767$15,872$18,560
Fundraising Expense$3,285$1,382$3,736
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.140.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%95%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$220$2,248$3,476
Current Assets$220$2,248$3,476
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$220$2,248$3,476
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from internal financial statements provided by the organization.
  • This organization files an IRS 990 as part of a statewide organization Form 990, which is included as a part of this profile.
  • This organization's financial statements are audited as a part of the audit for the statewide organization.
  • Although this organization's IRS 990 is filed as a part of the statewide organization Form 990, the local office provided local internal financial statements 
  • Local internal financial statements were provided to the Foundation, and the financial analysis information in this profile is based upon those local, internal financial statements to give you a good picture of the assets, revenue, and expenses related to the local operations.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Tallahassee Young Life
Address P.O. Box 3743
Tallahassee, FL 32315
Primary Phone 850 727-0032
Donate with a credit card http://www.tallahassee.younglife.org
Contact Email tallahasseeyl@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Joel Kennedy
Board Chair Scott Higginbotham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Capital City Harley Davidson, Tallahassee
Year of Incorporation 1941