Young Life Northland
1934 NE 83rd St
Kansas City MO 64118-8259
SERVING CLAY AND PLATTE COUNTIES

 

 

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 309-7276
Mission Statement
Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Denny Rydberg
Board Chair Susan Hutchison
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chairman Washington State Republican Party
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1941
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.
Background Statement
National Young Life Organization: Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight—they take time, patience, trust and consistency.

So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids—where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what's important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.
We believe in the power of presence. Kids' lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

Local Young Life Northland Organization:
Young Life started in Kansas City in 1955 at North Kansas City High School. KC North (Clay County) and Platte County Young Life serve the Northland today.
Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
 
  • Increased KC North volunteers by 15% and Park Hill South Volunteers by 100%.
  • Effectively used social media communication with kids, parents and donors.
  • Grew ministry in KC North by 66%.
  • KC North ended 2013 fiscal year in surplus for first time in several years.
 
Goals:
 
  • Grow camp participation by 30% in KC North.
  • End every year in financial surplus.
  • Start ministry in Kearney, North Platte and West Platte high schools.
  • Start YoungLives (for teen moms) and Capernaum (for young adults with disabilities) in Platte County.
Needs Statement
  • Need 10 campership donations ($8,000) at both KC North and Platte County to help kids that can’t afford fees for summer camp.
  • Donations to support the long-term sustainability of Young Life in the Northland through the Northland Youth Fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
  • Copy machine
  • Video camera
  • iMac computer
  • Computer projector
  • Office space for KC North
  • Silent auction items for the annual fundraiser
Service Categories
Christianity
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
Various locations across the United States.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Young Life Northland includes area organizations in Clay and Platte counties. With 1 full-time, paid staff and 15-20 volunteers in each county, we do direct ministry building relationships with high school kids where they hang out and at weekly events and small group meetings. Kids are invited to a weeklong summer camp where they have fun, build relationships and learn about Jesus. Locally we provide camp fee support for kids that have financial hardships.

Young Life is funded locally by individual donations and we are fortunate to have faithful donors who provide money to pay for staff and programs to keep the ministry viable year to year. However, we are vulnerable because we have not built a financial reserve to weather an unexpected shortfall in donations. And we are not in a position to support growth in schools that do not have a Young Life presence. We do not want a short-term financial crisis to disrupt the direct ministry or limit summer camp financial support.
 
To address this, Young Life Northland is building a fund to provide long-term financial sustainability with contribution from the fund balance. This fund is independent of the donations for the ongoing operating budget each year. We have set up a fund account at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation called the Northland Youth Fund. All charitable donations to the fund will be distributed exclusively to further the mission of Young Life at Kansas City North and Platte County Young Life.
 
Representatives from the local Young Life adult committees in KC North and Platte counties, as well as other respected members of the Northland community, will manage the fund distribution timing and amounts. Current Young Life Northland committee members are:
  • Doug Baldwin, Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Ron Cline, Mail Works
  • Dennis Jaeger, Retired Hallmark Cards, Inc.
  • Steve Osborne, Steven T. Osborne, CPA
  • Todd White, North Kansas City Schools
Programs
Description
Contact Work. For a Young Life leader, the arena of ministry is any place where a teenager might be found: the school lunchroom, the athletic fields, and the mall. Like Jesus did, leaders meet kids in their own world and model unconditional love in a culture that often values style over substance.

Club.
The most common descriptor of Young Life club is, "You have to see it to really understand it." The ingredients are lively singing, off-kilter games and skits and the simple proclamation of Jesus Christ's love. The result is a safe place where teenagers can drop their masks and possibly consider God's design for their lives.

Campaigners.
Picture a Young Life leader and a small group of teenagers, gathered on a living room floor, discussing the lessons of the Bible and how it applies to their lives. This is Campaigners, the place where kids who have been touched by the message of Jesus grow their spiritual roots and learn what it means to follow Him.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Have a genuine relationship with a Young Life leader, a safe environment to be themselves and be open to hearing about Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
Long-Term Success All for the purpose of introducing more adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.
Program Success Monitored By We measure success by the feedback from high school kids and their parents about changes in their lives. If one kid lives a better life because of a relationship with a Young Life leader and with Jesus Christ, we have been successful in the ministry.
Examples of Program Success
  • "Young Life has permanently changed my life. God has taken me out of the dark and evil of the high school world, by opening the doors of Young Life. The leaders placed in my life by Him are mentors and true, true friends. I now aspire to be involved with this organization FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. I'm eternally grateful. There is a difference between a relationship and a religion. Young Life is the path He uses to change lives. I'm not alone anymore." – Bailey
  • "My favorite thing about Young Life is... getting to know my friends and classmates on a deeply personal level through the love of Jesus Christ and the bond of belief." – Kiley
  • "When I think of my Young Life leader - I LOVE YOU, that's the first thing that comes to my mind. I think of someone that is open to hear what you have to say, and doesn’t judge you. They will help you no matter the size of the issue." – Kaitlyn
Description Every year, Young Life leaders invite teenagers to camp by promising them "the best week of their lives." And Young Life's 22 properties deliver—with excellent facilities and food, creative programming and high-adventure activities. Throughout the week, teenagers also hear about God's love for them presented in ways they can relate. As some 75,000 high schoolers a year can testify, no one does camping like Young Life.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Have a genuine relationship with a Young Life leader, a safe environment to be themselves and be open to hearing about Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
Long-Term Success All for the purpose of introducing more adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.
Program Success Monitored By We measure success by the feedback from high school kids and their parents about changes in their lives. If one kid lives a better life because of a relationship with a Young Life leader and with Jesus Christ, we have been successful in the ministry.
Examples of Program Success
  • "When I think of Young Life camp ... I think of the most amazing week of my life that changed me in all aspects of life." -- Kiley
  • "When I think of Young Life camp I think of ... the amazing food, fun activities that were there, the connection I made with Jesus and of course the girls and leaders in the cabin." -- Ellie
  • "The first thing that comes to mind with young life camp is just relaxing and getting closer to God and building all kinds of new relationships." -- Hailey
CEO Comments
Young Life continues to pursue the unchurched and lost high school kids in the Northland.  With your support we can reach more kids and introduce them to Jesus Christ. 
 
Direct ministry continues in North Kansas City District High Schools - NKC, Staley, Oak Park.  Plan to enter Winnetonka High School.  Park Hill Schools served include Park Hill, Park Hill South and Platte County. Plan to start Wylde Life at middle schools. 
 
Summer Camp continues to be a significant part of the ministry and we need donations to help provide financial aid to those the cannot afford to attend. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Denny Rydberg
Term Start July 1993
Experience
Before joining Young Life, Denny served as director of university ministries at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington. He has also ministered on church staffs in Tacoma and San Diego. In addition, Denny has served as the vice president of Youth Specialties, director of operations for Inspirational Films and the editor of The Wittenburg Door. He has ministered as chaplain for the University of Washington basketball team and the Seattle Supersonics. Denny and his wife, Marilyn, have also been involved in the Women's Professional Golf Fellowship—a ministry to professional female golfers on the LPGA tour.
Denny graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1967. In 2000, he was named the Alumnus of the Year. He also attended graduate school at Western Washington.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Area Director, Kansas City North Young Life
Title
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 40
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Susan Hutchison
Company Affiliation Chairman Washington State Republican Party
Term Oct 2014 to Sept 2015
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Nanette Ballbach Moms in Prayer
Sue Bere Private Counseling Practice
Malcolm Briggs Andesa Strategies, Inc.
Francis Cash The Parnell-Martin Companies LLC
Jerry Colangelo Phoenix Suns NBA Basketball Team and USA Basketball
Carol Eaton Eaton Designs
Brooks Entwistle Goldman, Sachs
J.D. Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing Foundation
Berto Guerra Avansar Interior Technologies
Bill Haslam Governor of Tennessee
Bruce Hosford Official Best of Fest
John Hummel AIS Futures Management LLC
Susan Hutchinson Washington State Republican Party
Reginald L. Jones IIIGreenbriar Equity Group
Kevin McVaney Emergency Medicine
Curtis B. McWilliams CNL Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
Harold Melton Supreme Court of Georgia
Susan Peterson Cabell’s LLC
Boone Powell Baylor Healthcare System
Chris Roberts Cargill Kitchen Solutions
Mark Rodriguez The Growers Company, Inc.
Robert Rowling TRT Holdings/Omni Hotels
Denny Rydberg Young Life
Michael Stain Wells Fargo
Bob Stover The Stover Foundation
Tom Thomas Sircon Corporation
Phyllis Washington Phyllis Washington Antiques
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 21
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $201,380
Projected Expenses $193,509
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2014, 2013, 2012:  Financial data reported using internal income statements provided by the organization.  IRS Form 990's for the national organization also provided.
  • Balance Sheet for local organization is not provided, therefore the assets and liabilities section of the financial review is left blank.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$137,925$153,055$161,898
Administration Expense$36,780$40,814$43,172
Fundraising Expense$9,195$10,203$10,793
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.130.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%75%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%5%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor (Platte County) $23,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor (Kansas City North Area) $15,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --ReStore Community Church (Platte County) $10,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments
The financial information represents the local Young Life areas of Kansas City North in Clay County and Platte County Missouri. 
 
Young Life Northland has established the Northland Youth Fund with GKCCF to provide long-term financial sustainability for Young Life locally. All charitable donations to the fund will be distributed exclusively to further the mission of Young Life at Kansas City North and Platte County Young Life.  
 
Organization Name Young Life Northland
Address 1934 NE 83rd St
Kansas City, MO 641188259
Primary Phone (816) 309-7276
CEO/Executive Director Denny Rydberg
Board Chair Susan Hutchison
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chairman Washington State Republican Party
Year of Incorporation 1941