​What is Young Life?
​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. We build these relationships with kids hoping that one day they grasp how loved and cared for they really are. Young Life has been in Jacksonville for close to 50 years and we are honored to have this opportunity in our community!

Want to find out more? Scroll through some of our ministry tabs above or look below to find out how to contact our staff.





​​Young Life is reaching teenagers throughout Northeast Florida with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Central Jacksonville Area is active in the private and magnet schools in Duval County including Bolles, Episcopal, Stanton, Paxon and Providence High Schools.  Our middle school ministry is called WyldLife and is active with students at Landon middle school, Bolles, Episcopal, James Weldon Johnson and several of the 6th grade feeder schools.  We also have an active ministry with teenagers and young adults with disabilities called Capernaum which works mainly with students from the North Florida School for Special Education.

For specific information about clubs and camps, go to the Area Clubs and Camps tab.  For information about Young Life on the Southside with Mandarin and Atlantic Coast High School, go to the Southside Jacksonville tab.


Area Director (magnet schools) - Erin Horne, 757-708-8959, erinhhorne@gmail.com

Associate Area Director (private schools) - Mike Shea, 315-529-8178, m_shea@hotmail.com

Metro Director - David Bast, 904-652-7947, davidbast@me.com

Southside - Abby Lynch, 904-472-4457, fsuabby@gmail.com


Young Life Central Jacksonville | PO Box 2173 Jacksonville, FL 32203-2173

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