Young Life of Manatee County
P.O. Box 14876
Bradenton FL 34280
Mission
Young Life's mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Courtney T. Cotrone
Board Chair Mrs. Erika Foster
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1941
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $318,000.00
Projected Expenses $317,004.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt StatusView
Impact Statement
We are committed to reaching all kinds of kids in Manatee County.  This past year, we:
  • Hired a full-time staff person, Alex Perez, to reach out to Hispanic teenagers in Palmetto, FL.  This ministry is one of the very few ministries focused on Hispanic youth.
  • Assembled a team of adults to re-start ministry at Sugg Middle School.  Sung had been without Young Life for a year and we now have a trained team in place who has been meeting kids and hosting a weekly club meeting.
  • Grown in depth and breadth in our existing ministries.  Sugg WyldLife (middle school) is up and running.  Northwest WyldLife has a team of 15 who meet with  50-80 kids every week and is about to take over 60 kids to summer camp.  At Northwest Young Life's last Club, over 125 kids crammed into the room to hear the Gospel.
  • Reorganized our Young Life Committee (Board) to included teams with specific roles to perform specific tasks.  This invites and includes more adults into the ministry.

Our goals for the coming year are as big as the Young Life's vision.  Our goal is to:

  • Raise an extra $100,000  to support two new clubs, one middle school and one high school ministry,  as well as for the program costs involved in starting and expanding the other ministries.
  • Involve 50 more adults to become involved as donors or be connected to Young Life in an authentic way.
  • Increase our impact in the community.  Our goal is to know 1,800 kids by name, have 400 kids at Club each week, take 300 kids to camp, involve 180 kids at campaigners, and to have at least 60 adult volunteers working with kids.
Needs Statement
In order for Young Life to continue having a significant impact on kids' lives, we will need to have more adults involved as donors and volunteers that better represent the totality of our county.  Roles people can serve in include:
  • Donor care
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Teams focused on Parents, Churches, Alumni, Leaders, etc.
  • Young Lives Coordinator (ministry to teenage moms)
  • Capernaum Coordinator (ministry to special needs kids)
  • Urban Ministry
  • WyldLife Support Team
  • Adult Guest Advocate
 This is the key need to keep Young Life healthy and vibrant in our community.
 
And of course, we need people passionate enough about the ministry to help us raise our budget of $317,000.  We have no buildings and spend very little on materials.  The heart of Young Life ministry is relationships.  Therefore, donations are mainly used to support the Young Life staff that go to where kids are with great consistency and care.   We now have people working with Hispanic kids, teen moms, kids with disabilities, poor urban students, and so much more.  The investment in staff members is a direct investment in thousand of kids and relationships. 
 
Without generous support, we can do almost nothing.  Join us!
Background Statement
Young Life was incorporated in 1941 by Jim Rayburn, a seminary student and part-time youth minister in Gainesville, Texas. He wanted to reach out to kids who were disinterested in church. Rayburn took the challenge to go where the kids were, meet them on their turf and find a creative way to share the love of God with them. Rayburn's method of reaching out to adolescents worked in 1941, and it continues to be effective today. Young Life now has more than 4,500 staff, 72,000 volunteers and is in more than 100 countries reaching over 2 million kids annually with the good news of God's love for them.
Sometime in the late 1980’s, Palma Sola Presbyterian in Bradenton, FL was looking for a qualified youth minister but was having little success.  Jack Wolf, the senior pastor at the time, heard that Young Life was making available trained people to be youth ministers in the church.  Mary and Charlie Scott gave Palma Sola a name of a possible candidate who was finishing up his last year at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
    In the fall of 1989, Jim Nelson accepted the position and came to Bradenton as an associate pastor and Young Life Church Partner.  He began hanging out with kids in the church and meeting their friends.  On February 26, 1990, the first outreach club started and has since reached thousands of kids and families with the Gospel.
    For the first eight years, Young Life was solely supported by Palma Sola Presbyterian Church.  In 1998, Jim left the church partnership to officially create a Young Life area and bring Young Life to the rest of the county.
    Young Life has now become an integral part of the community and is continuing to grow and strengthen, reaching more and more kids who desperately need the love of Christ.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
Young Life is in all 50 states through the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.  Young Life Manatee County serves Bradenton and Palmetto.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Religion- Related
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Unknown
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
In Young Life, we realize every "number" represents a kid who desperately needs to know the truth about God's love in a way he or she can comprehend, with the freedom to respond as he or she chooses. Numbers are important then, because they represent more kids experiencing the Savior. That's why we'll continue to reach out to kids in more than 100 countries and all 50 states, from Ireland to Indiana, Bulgaria to Brazil, Kentucky to Kenya. And we won't stop there! Through God's leading, the support of our faithful donors, and the tireless commitment of our staff, leaders and committees, we anticipate 2017 will be a year of reaching even more kids in more places!
 
- Curtis McWilliams, Young Life Board of Trustees Chair
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
In 2003 I was a junior in high school.  Many of my friends were involved in Young Life but I was skeptical.  I finally went on one of the trips and my life was forever changed.  I continued as a volunteer during my college years and then came on staff in 2008.  I knew that "THIS is how you're supposed to love people.  THIS is how to communicate the Gospel."
 
I have now been on staff in Bradenton for 9 years.  And I am more convinced than ever that kids don't need another program, another activity, another "thing."  If that's all Young Life represented, it wouldn't be much to talk about.  What kids need is a caring adult who will enter into their lives.  That will listen.  That will be there when everyone else runs away.  That will offer them hope and belonging.  That will encourage them, challenge them, laugh with them and cry with them.  That will, in a word, offer them Jesus.  All the money, adult involvement, and other goals work together for simply that.
 
So, thank you for helping us reach more and more kids with God's redeeming love.
Programs
Description Young Life's efforts to reach out to every kid, everywhere have resulted in a number of specific ministries.
  • Contact Work-  This is not a program.  It's who we are and what we do.  Contact work is going to where kids are (school cafeteria, soccer practice, orchestra concert, ice cream shop) and entering into the midst of their everyday life.
  • Club- This weekly meeting has been described as "controlled chaos." Leaders combine songs, humor, and group interaction to create an hour of energetic fun punctuated by a meaningful talk about real life and Jesus.
  • Campaigners- Small groups of kids meet with a Young Life leader during the week to discuss their ideas and questions about faith and begin exploring the Bible.
  • Camps- Camping is one of Young Life's specialties. Kids discover adventure by climbing a ropes course, barreling down a water slide, riding horseback, racing go-carts and enjoying what Young Life leaders promise to be one of the best weeks of their lives.
Budget $214,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Short-term success comes in many different forms.  It may be a kid having a meaningful conversation with a leader at Starbuck's or a kid signing up for camp for the first time.  It may be a kid praying about where to go to college.  It may be a kid deciding to give up a month of her summer to serve on a work crew at camp.
 
But, as anecdotal as success in Young Life may be, there are some metrics we as staff are held accountable to.  For each staff member we expect to have 100 kids attending club, 50 going to camp,  15 adult volunteers, and 5 kids applying to work crew.
Long Term Success Our hope is that every teenager we meet will come to know that they are loved (by God, most importantly) and will, in turn, love others well.  Our hope is that all would find Hope in Jesus.
 
On Young Life's side of the equation, we are successful when we consistently show up for kids and flesh out for them the unconditional love of Christ.
Program Success Monitoring The effectiveness of Young Life is monitored in a number of ways.  Organizationally, we have various levels of accountability in place.  We are part of the Young Life Florida Region.  They are the ones who established the metrics mentioned above (100 kids in club, 50 going to camp, 15 volunteers, 5 applying to work crew) and provide support to make sure that is happening.  On a local level, the Young Life Committee (Board) is actively involved evaluating the ministry by visiting clubs, looking at attendance numbers, and asking for stories of kids.  If numbers are down or stories seem sparse, both the Committee and the Florida Region is quick to act and help make improvements.
Program Success Examples Young Life has impacted thousands of lives in Manatee County.  Two stories illustrate.
  • "Mike" was a high school kid completely ignorant of anything to do with God.  His relationships were a wreck, just like he saw in his family.  His Young Life leader stuck by him, even giving him a job (now his career) after high school.  He continued to grow in his faith, began going to church, and last year, this former Young Life kid was my 7 year old son's Sunday school teacher.
  • "Justin" was involved with us in middle school.  In high school an intense drug addiction kept him away.  But we kept pursuing him all the time, always talking to him at school even when he was too "high" to remember.  He never came to Young Life, but he knew we cared about him.  But after his senior year he came to camp with us.  There he revealed that he didn't know who his dad was.  After hearing the talk about Jesus on the 4th day of camp, he called his mom and said, "I found my Father this week."
Description WyldLife is Young Life's ministry to middle school students.
Budget $40,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Short-term success comes in many different forms.  It may be a kid having a meaningful conversation with a leader at Starbuck's or a kid signing up for camp for the first time.  It may be a kid understanding that they are worthy of love.  It may be a kid willing to think outside him or herself and do something unselfishly for someone else.
 
The metrics for WyldLife are for each staff person o have 100 kids attending club, 50 going to camp, 30 kids in campaigners and 15 adult volunteers.
Long Term Success Our hope is that every middle school kid we meet will come to know that they are loved (by God, most importantly) and will, in turn, love others well.  Our hope is that all would find Hope in Jesus.
 
On Young Life's side of the equation, we are successful when we consistently show up for kids and flesh out for them the unconditional love of Christ.
Program Success Monitoring The effectiveness of WyldLife is monitored in a number of ways.  Organizationally, we have various levels of accountability in place.  We are part of the Young Life Florida Region.  They are the ones who established the metrics mentioned above (100 kids in club, 50 going to camp, 15 volunteers, 5 applying to work crew) and provide support to make sure that is happening.  On a local level, the Young Life Committee (Board) is actively involved evaluating the ministry by visiting clubs, looking at attendance numbers, and asking for stories of kids.  If numbers are down or stories seem sparse, both the Committee and the Florida Region is quick to act and help make improvements.
Program Success Examples WyldLife has impacted thousands of lives in Manatee County. One story illustrates:
"Sharon" met her WyldLife leader in 6th grade.  In 8th grade she made a real commitment to Christ.  Because of it, she made really healthy relationship and lifestyle choices in high school.  She became a WyldLife leader herself as an 11th grader and continued as a WyldLife leader in college.  She now practices her faith by being a social worker and counselor to poor families in Raleigh, NC.  If you ask her why, it's because of the Jesus she met in her WyldLife leader so many years ago.
Description Young Life's ministry to Hispanic teenagers in Palmetto.
Budget $60,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage Families
Short Term Success Short-term success comes in many different forms.  It may be a kid having a meaningful conversation with a leader or a kid signing up for camp for the first time.  It may be a kid understanding that they are worthy of love.  It may be a kid willing to serve on the work crew at camp.
 
The metrics for Vida Joven are for each staff person o have 100 kids attending club, 50 going to camp, 30 kids in campaigners and 15 adult volunteers.
Long Term Success Our hope is that every middle and high school kid we meet will come to know that they are loved (by God, most importantly) and will, in turn, love others well.  Our hope is that all would find Hope in Jesus.
 
On Vida Joven's side of the equation, we are successful when we consistently show up for kids and flesh out for them the unconditional love of Christ.
Program Success Monitoring The effectiveness of Vida Joven is monitored in a number of ways.  Organizationally, we have various levels of accountability in place.  We are part of the Young Life Florida Region.  They are the ones who established the metrics mentioned above (100 kids in club, 50 going to camp, 15 volunteers, 5 applying to work crew) and provide support to make sure that is happening.  On a local level, the Young Life Committee (Board) is actively involved evaluating the ministry by visiting clubs, looking at attendance numbers, and asking for stories of kids.  If numbers are down or stories seem sparse, both the Committee and the Florida Region is quick to act and help make improvements.
Program Success Examples
Two quotes:
 
  • 'Lydia'- "Before camp I was so into looking for love that I looked in the wrong place.  At camp, I realized that God's love is all I needed.  Now that I know that God loves me, I just want others to feel the happiness that I feel."


  • 'Jose'- "This summer, Lydia told me about her trip to Windy Gap.  I saw how much it changed her and her faith.  I was starting to give up on life and was looking for an answer.  So three weeks ago I went to Vida Joven.  Afterwards, I thought about a song we sang there and broke down in tears.  I think I started to feel hope."
Description
The purpose of YoungLives is to reach teenage girls who are pregnant or have already entered the role of motherhood by entering their world and modeling the unconditional love of Christ.  This program is still in the planning stages in our county.  We are looking for interested people willing to help us get it up and running!
 
There are teen moms in your backyard who are desperate for love to walk into their cafeterias, their doctor's appointments, their homes ... their lives. YoungLives is doing just that and changing generations. We are reaching out to young women who have never experienced the real love of Christ. We come alongside to help them discover who they were created to be. God has an exciting plan for their future!
Budget $5,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Short Term Success Short-term success would be having each girl involved receiving quality prenatal care and receiving the emotional support needed to thrive during pregnancy.  And when the baby is born, success looks like caring for the teenage mom by providing both physical and emotional support and resources to care for her new child.
Long Term Success Our hope is that every teenager we meet will come to know that they are loved (by God, most importantly) and will, in turn, love others well.  Our hope is that all would find Hope in Jesus.  We also want to help teenage moms have the resources to care for their children and to feel empowered to parent their children well.
 
On Young Lives' side of the equation, we are successful when we consistently show up for kids and flesh out for them the unconditional love of Christ.
Program Success Monitoring The effectiveness of YoungLives would be monitored in a number of ways.  Organizationally, we have various levels of accountability in place.  We are part of the Young Life Florida Region and would have a YoungLives director supporting us in out efforts.  On a local level, the Young Life Committee (Board) would be actively involved evaluating the ministry by visiting clubs, looking at attendance numbers, and asking for stories of kids.
Program Success Examples We have numerous people interested in volunteering (which is already a success!) and are looking to recruit a point person to head up the ministry.
Description
The goal of Capernaum Ministries is to give every kid with disabilities the same chance to hear the Gospel and experience the gift of life as able-bodied kids.
 
This, too, is a ministry that is still in the planning stages.  We have done the ground work and are simply looking for the right volunteer to lead it.
Budget $5,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) People/Families with of People with Disabilities Families
Short Term Success Short-term success would be becoming an authentic part of the lives of teenagers with disabilities and having a team of adults to care for them.
Long Term Success Our hope is that every kid with a disability that we meet will come to know that they are loved (by God, most importantly) and will, in turn, love others well.  Our hope is that all would find Hope in Jesus.
 
On Capernaum's side of the equation, we are successful when we consistently show up for kids and flesh out for them the unconditional love of Christ.
Program Success Monitoring The effectiveness of Capernaum would be monitored in a number of ways.  Organizationally, we have various levels of accountability in place.  We are part of the Young Life Florida Region and would have a Capernaum director supporting us in out efforts.  On a local level, the Young Life Committee (Board) would be actively involved evaluating the ministry by visiting clubs, looking at attendance numbers, and asking for stories of kids.
Program Success Examples Without having a full program, we have had a wonderful ministry with a group of students with Downs syndrome.  Garrot has been involved since middle school and is now a leader for Young Life.  He is actively working with his former classmates trying to get Capenaum started.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
For the past 28 years, Young Life has had a powerful and lasting impact on thousands of teenagers.  It is a legacy of changed lives and amazing support and generosity by adults in the community.  But we are not quite satisfied.
 
The charge in Young Life is to reach "every kid."  In order to do that, we are making a concerted effort to reach out to Hispanic youth, teenage moms, teenagers with disabilities, and those that live poverty.  This would better reflect the heart of Christ.  It also represents some big challenges.  The greatest of these is financial.  The communities in these desired demographics are traditionally not able to provide the financial resources themselves.  This will require others who share the vision and the heart to reach "every kid" to be willing to invest in what many would view as "the least of these."  We in Young Life know that we are not whole without them.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Courtney T. Cotrone
CEO Term Start Aug 2010
CEO/Executive Director Email ylmanateecounty@gmail.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
David Sherwood Johnson July 2010 - Feb 2015
Jim Nelson June 1989 - Aug 2010
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 78
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Young Life national
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
Risk Management Provisions
Medical Health Insurance
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Whistle Blower Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Erika Foster
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Aug 2016 to Aug 2017
Board Chair Email erikajfoster@hotmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Joe DeJongh No Affiliation
Angie DeJongh No Affiliation
Erika Foster "Stay at home mom"
Jennifer Gunn Brookdale Senior Living
Wendy Jordan Bradenton Christian School
Amanada Kleppinger Community Volunteer
Isander Santiago Wells Fargo
Dan Shontere Community Volunteer
Leslie Theiler Lakewood Ranch Hospital
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Standing Committees
Finance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $318,000.00
Projected Expenses $317,004.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
9902015
9902014
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$69,811$88,682$100,325
Administration Expense$86,118$208,700$237,105
Fundraising Expense$0$63$3,286
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.430.961.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses45%30%29%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$293,191,395$290,390,122
Current Assets$0$72,997,370$78,482,243
Long-Term Liabilities$0$3,305,500$2,159,100
Current Liabilities$0$22,949,050$22,902,281
Total Net Assets$0$266,936,845$265,328,741
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $223,166Contributions, gifts, grants $262,683Contributions, gifts, grants $322,701
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Foundation & Corporate Support $20,000Foundation & Corporate Support $15,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Other Revenue $3,440Other Revenue $2,615
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--3.183.43
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--1%1%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Revenue and expenses were taken from local financial statements; however assets and liabilities were taken from IRS Form 990 and are therefore reflected on a consolidated basis.  Federal 990s and audited financial statements do not reconcile.  Donated services and facilities are not included in total revenue on the IRS Form 990.The Federal tax return for 2016 was not available at time of review; accordingly, no assets and liabilities have been reported for 2016. Financial information for 2016 is for the short period 10/1/15 - 5/31/16.
Nonprofit Young Life of Manatee County
Address P.O. Box 14876
Bradenton, FL 86304
Phone 941 704-9611

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