Young Life event set for Tuesday

ELKINS – Today, many teenagers are given a bad rap, but a group has been working in the area for four years to help bring out the positive. Young Life, headed by director Heath Sizick, has helped high school youth by pointing them toward a hopeful future, and on Tuesday, the organization will host a celebration of their success.

“We will have a celebration of four years in the Elkins area at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Colonial Estates Clubhouse, located at 60 Magnolia Lane in Elkins,” Sizick said.

Young Life is a mission devoted to introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. Sizick said the club at Elkins High School has 45 to 50 participants, and the Wyld Life at Elkins Middle School has about 60 to 70 students.

“I am responsible for the Eastern Mountain region that includes Randolph Tucker, Lewis, Upshur, Barbour, Hardy and Grant counties,” Sizick said. “We just started programs in Lewis, Grant and Hardy counties.”

He said the group is also in the process of starting Capernaum, which is a Young Life program for students with disabilities.

Sizick said that investing in Young Life is a wonderful opportunity.

“We need to invest in the next generation in order to sustain ourselves,” Sizick said. “The return on an investment in Young Life is eternal.”

Sizick, his wife, Janell, and their three children came to Elkins from Canton, Ohio. He is a 14-year veteran with Young Life.

Young Life is mainly a volunteer-led, worldwide organization, and the program in Elkins is no exception. Volunteer leaders have been reaching out to teens at Elkins High and Elkins Middle schools with future plans for reaching every teen in the

community.

Founded in 1941, Young Life has more than 3,000 staff, 28,000 volunteers and is active in more than 50 countries, reaching an estimated 1 million kids annually.

Additional information about Young Life and WyldLife is available by calling 304-940-9090 or can be found online at younglife.org.