Young people need Hope.
YFC reaches young people everywhere
working together with the local church and other like-minded partners
to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus
who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement.
Did you know?
There are 30,000 young people between the ages of 11-19 living in Kitsap and North Mason Counties.
11,000 of them are on free or reduced lunch - an indicator of a lack of resources.
6,000 of them report using self-harm as a way to deal with the pain in their lives.
Nearly 90% of them have no connection to a local church or Christ-centered community.
That's a lot, isn't it! Many of them are struggling with things like poverty, bullying, addictions, cutting, depression, abuse, dropping out, homelessness, crimes, violence, and even suicide.
Some of these young people will experience teen pregnancy. They are essentially kids raising kids without much support.
Some of these young people end up in juvenile detention multiple times each year. Also, there is a 40% chance these kids in detention will end up in prison based on current statistics.
For many of these young people, hope seems hard to find. But their stories don't have to stay this way. They just need help.
Every year, new kids become teens, and some of these teens become adults. They are faced with the same challenges - all trying to make it to adulthood successfully.
The problems are BIG, but we believe Jesus can change their story.
Most of them aren't coming to the church, so we go to them!
West Sound Youth For Christ seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of kids and families of all backgrounds and beliefs through holistic and relational outreach.
Each month, throughout our area, West Sound YFC engages with kids in schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts. Whether at the skate park, the detention center, or coaching a teen mom through the struggles of parenting, Youth For Christ staff and volunteers show the love of Christ in practical ways.
To bring Hope to every young person in our community.
The vision of Youth for Christ is, as a part of the body of Christ, to see every young person in every people group in every nation have the opportunity to make an informed decision to become a follower of Jesus Christ and to become a part of a local church.
To view our Statement of Faith, the 5 Essentials, and 3Story click here.
Our Chapter's History
West Sound YFC began its ministry to the kids in Kitsap County over thirty years ago in 1982 when our first Executive Director, Mark Halland and five community members, Glen Anunson, Conrad Green, Pete Hill, Paula Michelsen, and Jean Sherrard obtained a local chapter charter from YFC USA. Our first ministry was to students attending North Kitsap High School.
Over our 30 plus years, WSYFC has had 7 Executive Directors: Mark Halland, Chris Clark, Ricki Brooks, Bob Cassis and Josh Hinman, and Phil Daubenspeck. Currently, Youth For Christ serves teenagers on school campuses through Campus Life, in juvenile detention through Juvenile Justice, and expecting and parenting teenagers in Parent Life.
Phil Daubenspeck, our current Executive Director, began his tenure in August 2016. He joined the WSYFC staff in August 2005 as the South Kitsap Area Director, and throughout his time at YFC, Phil has demonstrated a passion and drive for ministering to hard-to-reach kids. Phil is responsible for development and stewardship, guiding the vision of West Sound YFC, community relations, and reporting to the Board of Directors.
In Kitsap and North Mason Counties there are approximately 30,000 youth ages 11-19; many of which have no connection to a church. As a result, we have 3 core ministries targeted at building relationships with these youth, wherever they are found.
It is our foundational belief is that there is no young person too lost, no environment too broken, no community too disconnected from the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Partner with us.
God has given us incredible opportunities. Our chapter desires to meet more needs in the local community. However, we can't do this work alone. We are looking for people in every community to join us and help make a difference in a young person's life.