Although our primary ministry focus is children between the ages of 7 and 13, teens ages 14-17 have an opportunity to be part of our Elevate program, designed to help them reach new heights with Christ.
Teens entering 9th or 10th grade in the fall who are between 13 and 15 years old can attend periodic Elevate retreats, with a focus on spiritual and personal growth.
Teens who are at least 14 years old and entering 10th grade in the fall can apply to serve as alongside our staff team as teen volunteers. This program is designed specifically for those teens who have accepted Christ as Savior, have shown a desire to grow in their walk with Him, and want to help with the children. Teens who want to become part of this group will need to complete an application and interview with our Children's Program Lead. Once approved, they can come to our regular children's retreats to assist our staff with the children, help in the kitchen, and help with various activities throughout the week or weekend. Our staff continue to mentor them and serve as a stable positive influence in their lives. Teens can relate to the children in a very special way and be positive role models to them. The children love it when teens they look up to want to spend time with them! And the teens develop valuable leadership skills in the process.
Read what these teens have to say:
"Hey! Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate being here with a family. When I first came here, you accepted me, talked to me, took care of me, and all the fun stuff. I never had people like that around me, that's why I feel like home every time I come here. Thanks for being with us in our moments of sadness and happiness... I thank the Lord every day for everything. It makes me really happy to come out here and be able to spend time with you guys and the other kids. Youth Haven is like no other place, where I can feel like home. Thanks, to all Youth Haven, with sincere love." - Arizona teen
"When I was a Rancher I always thought that the teens were the coolest people and I couldn't wait to be one. Even now I still love going. The kids there bring so much joy to my life and I love spending time with the staff. They're all fun people! ...I think the most fun part for me would be team time (including devotions) because I get to spend time with my team! I remember when the cook even made me a cake for my birthday and everyone sang to me. Thanks for that!" - Michigan teen