Charlotte Harbor Young Life
17701 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte FL 33948
Young Life's mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tom Parker
Board Chair Mr. Jeff Tamas
Board Chair Affiliation Modern Woodman of American
General Info
Supported Organization Young Life
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1965
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
YoungLife IRS LetterView
Impact Statement
We are committed to reaching teens in Charlotte County. In the past year we have:
  1. Dedicated staff to keeping a strong presence in Charlotte High School (CHS), and growing our presence at Lemon Bay High School.
  2. Restarted our ministry at L.A. Ainger Middle School where we host weekly club meetings with an average attendance of 50 students. This semester we have seen over 15 students begin a relationship with Christ.
  3. Building on last year's foundation at Port Charlotte Middle School with an energetic group of leaders who meet weekly to host Wyldlife. The average attendance is about 45-60 with continued strong growth maintained throughout the year.
  4. Placed several adult volunteers in Punta Gorda Middle School that are nurturing our program.
  5. 69 High School students went to summer camp last year, whereas Port Charlotte High School had a great turnout for the second consecutive year.
Our goals for the coming year are:
  1. Increase our impact in the community. Our goal is to know 600 kids by name, have 450 kids at Club each week, take 250 kids to camp, involve 75 kids at campaigners, and to have at least 40 adult volunteers working with kids.
  2. We aim to start a Young Life Club at Murdock Middle School to begin groundwork for reaching into North Port.
  3. To raise an extra $50,000 to support our new part-time hire and ministry needs for Charlotte High School and Punta Gorda Middle School.
Needs Statement
Our main need is being able to provide scholarships for kids to go to summer camp. This is an amazing life-experience of fellowship for our students.
  1. We aim to provide $20,000 of scholarships for high school students, and $10,000 for middle school students.
  2. We are also in need of a trailer. This will enable us to easily move equipment between sites for various events, as well as moving larger items donated to the benefit of our ministry, like furniture and other household equipment. These donations provide benefits as proceeds from selling these items help fund scholarships.
  3. We do well in utilizing our various assets, but also recognize when some need upgrades to ensure we work efficiently for our ministry. As such, we are looking to invest in computers and sound systems for our club teams.
  4. Charlotte Harbor Young Life is always seeking adults to support our ministry and join our passionate Board of Directors. Here are a few positions we are seeking to help support our continued strong presence in Charlotte County.  Communications to write and guide the distribution of activities/events we have occuring throughout the school year, i.e. on social media, mailings, website, speaking engagements. Full-time staff leader in the Punta Gorda area, primarily at Charlotte High School to meet with and mentor upcoming leaders, students, and maintain communication with teachers/administration/coaches.
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 3,000 staff, 30,000 volunteers and is in more than 100 countries reaching more than 1.2 million kids annually with the good news of God's love for them.
In 1997 a group of men visited Bill Loy, Area Director for Young Life of Lee County, about bringing Young Life to Charlotte County. After much prayer and discussion they decided to start what later would become Charlotte Harbor Young Life. Our first focus was reaching teens in Charlotte High School and in 2004 we expanded into the Englewood area. In 2011, our team started club at Port Charlotte High School, thereby having a presence in both Charlotte County High Schools. Today, Charlotte Harbor Young Life is active in five schools around Charlotte County and have on-going ministries with students represented from several other schools.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, North Port, Englewood
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
We’ve been doing clubs since the first days of Young Life. Jim Rayburn called his first club, Club 37. I don’t think he wanted anyone to know that we only had one club at the time. Club 37 sounded more impressive. If we designated our clubs by numbers today, the newest club would be Club 4,074.
Some of our clubs are large, and some are small. Some of them have kids of various ethnicities, and some don’t. Some are in small towns, some in urban centers, some in the suburbs and some all over the world — in international schools, on military bases, anywhere kids are. Some are filled with kids with disabilities who rarely get a chance to leave home and be with their friends. Some clubs are filled with teenage moms, their kids and their mentors. Most clubs meet in homes, but clubs also meet in gyms, in barns, at community centers, in churches and in schools. And why do we run these clubs, and why have we for so long? We know that kids like to get together with their friends. We know that kids enjoy humor and fun, but we also know that the real reason we’re doing this is because club gives us a chance to present the Gospel week after week. And it’s this aspect of club — the proclamation — that I want us to address.

Focus on the proclamation
Bill Paige, one of our Multicultural and Urban Vice Presidents, travels a lot and meets many kids, Young Life staff and volunteers. He’s a wise man, and I respect his insights.
One day he and I talked about clubs, and this was his conclusion (which I’ve paraphrased): We may be focusing so much on fun and keeping it light that we don’t really do a good job of proclamation in our clubs. Because of that emphasis, kids are not drawn to club any more than they are to anything else. What we want to do and can do so well — proclaim Christ — we don’t do. If we did, the compelling nature of hearing the Truth would draw kids to club like nothing else we do. And if they kept coming, they’d mature in their faith even more.
The distinctive of a Young Life club needs to be the proclamation. All the other stuff we do is good, but it is secondary to what we say about Jesus. I’ve known staff who spend more time thinking about the skit and the humor than the message. That’s sad and backward.

Good stewards of the Gospel
For all of us who are leading a club, I’d like us to covenant to pray, think, study and practice — all for the sake of being good stewards of the Good News.
First, pray. Ask God to give you a series of messages for club over the next semester and the next year. Take some time to do this. Have others pray with you. Let them know this is what you’re doing.
Then, think. Get away for a few hours or a day or two, and hammer away at what the Lord wants you to say at club. Maybe do this with others on your team who may also be giving the messages. Chart out each message. Think about illustrations. Look for ways to enhance the talk.
Then on the night of club, stand and deliver, remembering that you
have been called and gifted by God to share His Good News with these kids.
It’s an awesome privilege and a great responsibility. And there is very little you’ll ever do that will be more important.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
We are excited to be in Charlotte County touching the lives of local teens. Denny Rydberg became Young Life's fifth president in 1993. Since that time, the mission has dramatically increased its reach, both in terms of the number of kids impacted, the number of communities with Young Life and the number of camps. President Rydberg reports to the Young Life Board of Trustees and leads more than 3,200 full- and part-time staff and more than 30,000 volunteers.

In Young Life, we give kids the first word. We go into their lives with open ears and listen. We know that kids don’t care what we know till they know how much we care. In Young Life, we call that earning the right to be heard.

It’s not hard to pick up what kids are saying. They want to be respected and feel safe. They want to live life abundantly — and that means having massive doses of fun, but it also means discovering who they are and what they were made for. So, in Young Life we invite kids into respectful relationships and into more fun and adventure (at club and camp, for example) than they can imagine.

What is it about Young Life club that makes it the best night of the week for thousands of kids every week? We like to think of it as a party with a purpose. It’s controlled chaos that’s almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about God’s love for them.
Budget $20,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
Students are attending club and Wyldlife at school. Then students are wanting to go to camp. There they hear about Jesus and only He can change their lives.
Long Term Success To get into all the middle schools and high schools in Charlotte County, including Imagine in the North Port area and have full-time staff leaders working at each area to ensure and maintain growth.
Program Success Monitoring Are kids coming to club? Are kids having fun? Are kids hearing about Jesus?
Program Success Examples Seeing teenagers come to know Truth about Jesus and His love for them.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tom Parker
CEO Term Start Jan 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Tom has been the area director for the past 6 years here in Charlotte County. He has a Masters in Theology from Liberty University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in church music and bible, served as a student pastor for 10 years and is also an assistant football coach at Port Charlotte High School here in Port Charlotte, FL.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 55
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
We work with Drug Free Charlotte County and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jeff Tamas
Company Affiliation Modern Woodman of American
Board Term Aug 2017 to Aug 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Steve Bostwick Manager at Bacon's Furniture
Dr. Paul Curtis Administrator with Charlotte County Public Schools
Ms. Kellie Dunson Administrator for Frolich, Gordon & Beason Law Firm
Mr. Bill Frank Owner of Integrity Pools
Ms. Caryn Huff CEO of Commercial Energy Systems LLC
Mr. William McWhirter Charlotte County Public Schools
Mr. Tom Parker Area Director, Charlotte Harbor Young Life
Mrs. Melodie Platt retired
Mrs. Joanne Potempa Retired
Dr. Philip Potempa Dentist, Charlotte County Health Dept
Mr. Jeff Tamas Board Elect of CHYL/Modern Woodmen of America
Mr. Michael Williams retired
Mrs. Sharon Williams retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 8
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 91
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization Young Life's local board is a group of adults who help support and direct Young Life's ministry in our local community. They are responsible, along with the staff, for helping set the strategy and long-term direction of our organization. They pray for the ministry, encourage and support the staff and volunteer leaders, and help promote Young Life within our community. Moreover, in addition to supporting Young Life financially themselves, they help raise funds to further Young Life's impact on teenagers across Charlotte County.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $217,500.00
Projected Expenses $200,449.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose We have future plans for us to find an 8,000-10,000 sq ft building for a youth center in Charlotte County, that could also be used as a large crowd venue, and office space with conference room rentals.
Campaign Goal $300,000.00
Campaign Dates Dec 2013 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of Nov 2013
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$135,354$188,142--
Administration Expense$3,184$0--
Fundraising Expense$2,396$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.03--
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$309,778,774$293,191,395--
Current Assets$59,615,310$72,997,371--
Long-Term Liabilities$2,075,428$3,305,500--
Current Liabilities$16,917,522$22,949,050--
Total Net Assets$290,785,824$266,936,845--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $127,755Contributions, gifts, grants $186,232--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $12,320Other Income $7,568--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind Contributions $10,7960 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.523.18--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization In this time of financial oppression it has become very hard to keep monthly funding consistent. Therefore, we are doing fundraisers with kids to help them continue to raise funds for them to go to camps and retreats.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information related to income and expenses was taken from financial reports solely for Charlotte Harbor Young Life.  These reports did not include balance sheet information.  Accordingly, financial information pertaining to the balance sheet was taken from the Federal 990s, consolidated filings under the name Young Life.  The Federal 990s include consolidated financial information covering operations in 40 states and several countries. No financial compilations have been provided for TX 2014.
Nonprofit Charlotte Harbor Young Life
Address 17701 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33951
Phone 941 456-5433