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More than 20 years ago, Young Life answered God’s call to run headfirst into the chaos of teenage motherhood with the hope of Jesus ... and YoungLives was born.

YoungLives has never wavered from the original vision to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through Young Life’s time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in Christ.

In North Dallas we are currently serving the 60 teen moms at Thomas Jefferson High School.  YoungLives has the privilege of walking beside teen moms after they have chosen life for their child. 

We are currently looking for people to join our ministry in the following ways:

YoungLives leader - 2 hour a week commitment met by attending club once a month, attending campaigners once a month and spending time with your assigned teen mom two other times a month.  Leaders will also attend mandatory leadership meetings twice a semester

Childcare - While the girls attend club once a month, we put the children in child care in order for the moms to focus on the fun and the message.  We will need a team of people who are willing to serve on occasion as well as a chair person to coordinate and direct our volunteers

Meals - We begin each club with a shared meal.  We are looking for different women to organize groups of their friends, community groups, etc to bring a meal one time this year.

Donations - At the end of each club, the girls will have an opportunity to shop in our donation store.  We are creating a large list of people who want to be notified when we need new donation items.  Needed items will include diapers (for children over than one year), formula, children’s clothing, books and occasional large items as needed. We will need people who are willing to help keep up with the organization of our donations.  We already have a chair in place for this area but she would love some helpers.

Committee - We are building a committee of people who believe in the mission of YoungLives (To introduce teen moms to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith).  Committee members will help plan our annual fundraiser and champion YoungLives in the community by sharing the vision with others.


Ali Smith- Younglives Director

Ali first became involved in Young Life during her time at The University of Texas at Austin.  God used this ministry to make her passionate about making her days on earth count by sharing Jesus with those around her.  She loves seeing people come alive as they see the Gospel transform individuals.  She served on Young Life staff in Sugar Land, TX for four years and met her husband, JR, through Young Life.  After having a baby in April 2015, Ali decided to return to Young Life staff to lead YoungLives

Please reach out to Ali if you are interested in serving with YoungLives at