Who We Are
West Sound Youth For Christ seeks community transformation through holistic and relational outreach to kids and families of all backgrounds and beliefs.
Our mission is to bring hope to every young person in our community.
Each month, throughout Kitsap and North Mason Counties, West Sound Youth For Christ 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 tangible ways. While our faith motivates us to action, our programs are open to young people of all backgrounds and beliefs.
God has given us incredible opportunities. Youth For Christ is being asked to expand to meet the needs of the local community. However, we can't do this alone.
Click here to find out how you can get involved and make a difference in the life of a young person in our community.
Our missional focus is to enable youth to become leaders of change in their community by engaging them in relationship, equipping them with skills, and empowering them through leadership.
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.
"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." --Phil Jackson
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, low-income neighborhoods through City Life, in juvie 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. It is estimated that 4,500 of these are connected to a local congregation and attending church regularly. Our target is the remaining 25,500 youth. As a result, we have 4 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.
Our missional focus is to bring hope to every young person in our community.