Young Life’s multicultural ministry focused on kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically-depressed areas, is arguably the largest of its kind in the United States.

Silicon Valley Young Life (SVYL) started in 1955. At the time, San Jose was at the county’s center of the emerging fruit industry. Since then, the valley and SVYL have grown and changed. The orchards have been replaced by high-tech facilities, and SVYL continues to grow.


SVYL doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults 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.


Young Life is the name of our organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students, currently SVYL is in 7 local high schools through the San Jose area. We call our middle school program WyldLife, currently we are in 3 middle schools throughout San Jose.


Kids Impacted


Volunteer Leaders




Student Camp Spots

David, Willow Glen High School Class of ’16

“Coming into Young Life, I wasn’t happy with who I was and how I lived my life. I was always angry because of the way my brothers treated me and how I did not feel like I fit in with my family. Through God’s love I felt welcome and my family life started to change and I started to change. I was lost in anger and am now saved by grace. I’m living my life for Jesus because He lived His for me.”

Brent Jones, Leland High School Class of ’84

“My life was dramatically impacted by Young Life, hundreds of kid’s lives in our community are changed through the work of Young Life.”