As with most events that were planned in the spring, the annual fundraising banquet usually hosted by the Lee County chapter of Young Life — a Christian outreach ministry for high school students — was postponed and transformed into a virtual event. 

The organization launched a video today featuring several of its young members sharing stories about how Young Life has impacted their lives. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit raised its annual budget this fiscal year and relies on donations to help meet that budget. All donations to Young Life are tax exempt.

Area director Kelly Douglass calls Young Life a “relational ministry” whose focus is building relationships with teens. 

“Caring adults in our community, called Young Life leaders, show up in the world of teenagers to meet them where they are,” she said. “Although the relational outreach is the center of our ministry, we have several different weekly events we do throughout the school year as well as a weekend fall camp and weeklong summer camp at one of the Young Life camp properties in the U.S.”

Young Life arrived in Sanford in 2018 and continues to grow — according to Douglass, the group has worked with more than 160 teens over the last two years. 

To give to Young Life’s Lee County chapter, visit