Young Life of Darien and Rowayton hosted a reception on Wednesday at the Darien Community Association House. The event featured information on how the faith-based program for middle and high school students is impacting teens in the community.

Bill Paige, vice president of field ministries and special assistant to the president of Young Life gave a presentation.

He drew on a unique life experience, including 20 years of police and detective work in and around the New York City metropolitan area, and 14 years as the associate chaplain at Children's Village. Paige is also a frequent speaker at chapel services for both National Football League and Major League Baseball teams.

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Other special guests included senior YL leaders as well as two YL national trustees, Regg Jones III and John Hummel. Jones is a Darien native and DHS Class of 1978 grad who participated in Young Life in high school and whose parents served on the Darien YL committee for many years. Jones is the founder and managing partner of Greenbriar Equity Group, LLC in Rye, N.Y., and now serves as committee chair for Greenwich Young Life.

John Hummel has served on YL's Northeast regional committee, the Norwalk urban committee and the local New Canaan YL committee. Hummel is the president of AIS Futures Management LLC and AIS Capital Management LLC, a deacon at Stanwich Congregational Church, director of the Family Institute of Connecticut and director of Tyndale Theological Seminary.

Young Life is mainly a volunteer-led organization. Through weekly meetings called "club," small groups, summer camps, weekend excursions, and one-on-one time with kids, YL leaders build relationships with teenagers, mentoring them in the Christian faith.

For most kids, YL is a person -- their YL leader who sees something in them that others may not. It's a person who keeps showing up, cheering them on when things are good and listening when they're not.

The combination of local support, proven methods of relating to adolescents, and organizational strength allows Young Life to thrive locally in more than 75 countries, with more than 3,000 staff and 35,000 volunteers, reaching more than a million kids each year with the life-changing message of God's love for them.

More than 100,000 kids attend Young Life camps worldwide each year. Young Life has a long legacy of effective work with kids and a reputation for excellence among adults worldwide.

Since its start in Gainesville, Texas, in 1941, Young Life has been making a difference in the lives of millions of kids around the world because they are supported by adults who care about kids in their community.

For more information contact Brandon Neike, YL area director for Darien/Rowyaton at Brandon@darien.younglife.org.