We are so excited to welcome Shauna as our new area director for Hinsdale South Young Life! She will be interacting with our teens, guiding our leaders and growing our presence in the community. Shauna just moved to Downers Grove from Richmond, Indiana as her husband, Dakota, accepted a video content creator for Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park. Shauna previously headed the Young Life chapter in Richmond. She has been involved with Young Life since high school and her passion and enthusiasm for the program is obvious. Here are a few things we learned about Shauna in a recent chat:
Pet(s): dog, named Riley, a boxer mix.
Favorite Food(s): tacos or sushi
Favorite Movie(s): Harry Potter series
Last Netflix Binge: Parks and Recreation
Favorite Podcast(s): True Crime Junkie
Favorite Pastime: being outside, hiking trails
Shauna will miss being close to family and knowing everyone in her community, but she is excited to build relationships with the high school students. She is looking forward to creating a space for them to feel loved and cared for and helping them encounter Christ! COVID-19 has presented unique challenges, but her goal is to begin meeting teens by reaching out to parents and developing a strong team of adult leaders so we are ready for club to begin as soon as it is allowed.
Young Life is a world-class organization for adolescents. Our staff and volunteers enter the world of kids, focusing on what matters to them — fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. We've been showing up where they are since 1941.
Young people today face constant pressure to perform and, sometimes, to survive. They’re asking crucial questions: "Can I Make It?" "Am I Enough?" "Is This All There Is?" Kids need friends in a confusing and chaotic world. They need someone in it with them. We're in it with kids and accept them as they are – no strings attached.
We enter their world with no expectation of who kids should be, but with every hope for who they can become. In doing so, we earn the privilege of talking to them about something that we believe matters most of all — the truth about God and His love for them.
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