Young Life begins in the USA

In a town in Texas, at the request of his pastor, a young associate pastor named Jim Raybrun began showing young people how much God cares about them by showing up in their world and sharing the message of God's love through Jesus in ways and words they could understand and relate to.


Countries with Young Life staff and leaders

Today, Young Life is a global organization with local focus. You'll find Young Life leaders from diverse cultures, nationalities and backgrounds in over 100 countries around the world. ​


Young Life in Manatee Co.

​ In the fall of 1989, Jim Nelson accepted the position and came to Bradenton as an associate pastor and Young Life Church Partner. ​ He began hanging out with kids in the church and meeting their friends. ​ On February 26, 1990, the first outreach club started and has since reached thousands of kids and families with the Gospel.

​ Young Life has now become an integral part of the community and is continuing to grow and strengthen, reaching more and more kids who desperately need the love of Christ.


Courtney CotroneArea Director

(941) 704-9611 •

Emily JohnsonAssoc. Area Director

(941) 920-1298 •

Logan HarringtonYoung Life Staff

(229) 669-8908 •

Julie Oliszewski ​ YoungLives Coordinator

(941) 920-3050 • ​

Tayler HudsonOffice Administrator

(941) 518-7890 •


WyldLife is a non-denominational outreach to middle school students that is part of Young Life. Most of the kids involved attend King Middle School, Bradenton Christian, SCF or St. Stephen's, Inspiration Academy, or Rowlett. Anyone in middle school is welcome! Whether you are bobbing for gummie worms in whipped cream or playing a giant game of Twister, you are in for a great time!
Northwest Bradenton WyldLife​ (King, BCS, St. Stephen's, Rowlett , I.A. and SCF) Northwest WyldLife meets on Monday nights on the campus of ​ Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W. ​ Club is from 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Click here for Spring Schedule.
Rowlett Middle WyldLife meets on Wednesdays on the campus of Rowlett Middle Academy from 3:15pm - 4:15pm. Click here for Spring Schedule.
Club is open to anyone who is in middle school. ​ You don't have to join, there are no dues, and there is no initiation. ​ All that's required is a desire to kick back, hang out with your friends, and have fun!
Join our "Northwest Bradenton WyldLife" or "Rowlett Middle WyldLife" Facebook page for updates.
Call or text Emily Johnson, WyldLife Director, with any questions: 941.920.1298

Young Life

Young Life Club​ is open to anyone who is in high school. You don't have to join, there are no dues, and there is no initiation. All that is required is a desire to kick back, hang out with friends, and have fun!
MANATEE YOUNG LIFE​ (Most kids who attend go to Manatee H.S., Bradenton Christian, St. Stephen's, & Palmetto)

SPRING KICK OFF DATE:​ January 31st.

During the school year, we meets Wednesdays at from 8-9pm. We meet upstairs at Trinity UMC is located at 3200 Manatee Avenue.
BAYSHORE YOUNG LIFE Bayshore Young Life meets at Bayshore High School on Thursdays from 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Bayshore YL:​ TBD

Please call or email Courtney Cotrone with any questions you might have. ​
(941) 704-9611 •


​ Young Life leaders have the privilege of knowing and sharing their lives with teenagers and young adults with disabilities. While all Young Life activities are open to every high school student, many Young Life areas have dedicated programs for students and young adults with disabilities, typically referred to as Young Life Capernaum Ministries.​
Young Life Capernaum​ gives young people with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, to develop fulfilling friendships and to challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities. Young Life staff and volunteers model Christ’s unconditional love and acceptance as they walk alongside these young adults — filling their lives with love and support.
Capernaum Club
Capernaum is for all of our friends with disabilities that want to experience a night of fun, build relationships with caring adults, and catch a glimpse of God’s love. ​ We meet about twice a month at Trinity United Methodist Church from 6:30 - 7:45pm on TUESDAY evenings upstairs in the Young Life Club Room. Click here for our Spring Schedule.


Please call or email Emily Johnson with any questions you might have. ​
(941) 920-1298 •


Our mission is to introduce teen moms to Christ and help them grow in their faith.
There are teen moms in your backyard who are desperate for love to walk into their cafeterias, their doctor's appointments, their homes ... their lives. YoungLives is doing just that and changing generations. We are reaching out to young women who have never experienced the real love of Christ. We come alongside to help them discover who they were created to be. God has an exciting plan for their future!


Contact Julie Oliszewski for more information about YoungLives.
(941) 920-3050 •