Young Life Sarasota
P.O. Box 3945
Sarasota FL 34230
Young Life's mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
CEO/Executive Director Eric S Hoskins
Board Chair Sheri Mills
Board Chair Affiliation Sarasota Suncoast Academy
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1941
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2015
State Registration No 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement

Currently, Young Life in Sarasota is experiencing a tremendous amount of growth. In relation to the 2011/12 school year, we are currently reaching three times as many kids with our Club and Camp ministries, and we hope to double our current impact over by the end of the 2013/14 school year.

Needs Statement
1. Our Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2013/143 is $125,028. Our goal, however, is to raise approximately $160,000, which will enable us to:
  • Hire a Staff Associate for the 2015/16 Fiscal Year. Staff Associate is a full-time position with a 3-year commitment and focuses on both the education (Seminary) and training of the Staff Associate. Total cost for a Staff Associate is approximately $50,000 annually, which accounts for salary and benefits and all training costs. A Staff Associate will be directly involved in ministry with kids and will aid in recruiting and training volunteer leaders.
  • Expand our "Program" line item, which is how we designate money that goes directly to ministry with kids and volunteer leaders. Because we are actively pursuing a 500% ministry growth over the coming six years, we would like to grow our Program Budget accordingly.
2. We would like to raise $15,000 to go directly to our Campership Account. All donations to this account go to lower the cost of weekend or Summer Camp for all kids, including the creation and distribution of Camp Scholarships for kids who cannot afford to go to Camp. This will allow our Camp ministry to grow by over 50% in our current Fiscal Year (ending in September 2014.)
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 began in Sarasota in 1991, and still believes in going where kids are and earning their friendship and ultimately earning the right to share the grace and truth of Jesus with them. In June of 2012, Young Life in Sarasota welcomed a new Area Director who brings 18 years of experience in Young Life ministry and a passion for expanding the reach of the mission in Sarasota County.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Young Life is active in all 50 states through the United States and in more than 75 countries around the world. We are currently active across Sarasota County, with kids from 6 high schools and 3 middle schools currently involved.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Religion- Related
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Religion- Related
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 encountering the Savior. That's why we'll continue to reach out to kids across Sarasota County and won't stop until kids at every middle school and high school have a chance to find out about and follow Jesus.
- Jodi Evans, Young Life Sarasota Board Chair
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The world of kids is fast-paced and constantly changing, full of excitement, adventure and limitless potential. But it can also be a world full of confusion, loneliness and fear. For many kids, it is a world of relentless pressure, overwhelming anxiety and incredible darkness. It's into this darkness that Young Life leaders venture, hoping to earn their friendship and longing to point them toward the Light of Life- Jesus Christ.
Young Life leaders spend countless hours showing up in the lives of kids, taking time to learn what is important to them, because we care about their joys and triumphs, their heartaches and setbacks.
We sincerely believe that kids' lives are greatly impacted whenever caring adults come alongside them, sharing with them unconditional friendship and God's great love. 
Young Life's efforts to reach out to every kid, everywhere have resulted in a number of specific ministries. Each of these apply the basics of Young Life to meet kids just as they are through friendship and faith. Young Life is the ministry to high school students, while Wyld Life is the name of our ministry for middle school students. Our plan in the coming six years is to develop two specialized ministries: Capernaum, our ministry to kids with special needs and/or various disabilities, and YoungLives, our ministry to teenage moms.
Young Life provides healthy, creative fun. From weekly clubs to seasonal camping experiences to daily outings with leaders, to in depth Bible Study, Young Life is known around the world as an organization that knows how to share Jesus in a fun and relevant way. 
Budget $131,174
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success By the end of Summer 2013, Young Life in Sarasota will have tripled the number of kids involved in various programs in just one year.
Long Term Success Young Life has been present in Sarasota County for over 20 years and has reached thousands of kids, with various alumni who are presently on Young Life Staff or work in churches across the country.
Program Success Monitoring Young Life staff is required to track growth numbers and report them to our Regional, Divisional, and National offices. Our Growth Planning Software (GPS) allows us to monitor our growth and ensure that we are moving in a healthy direction. This report can be viewed by the Area Director, Regional Director, Divisional Vice President, and President.
Program Success Examples
"(After struggling) with a cutting addiction for 6 years, I always dreamed about a place where there was no violence or hate, and I found that place at Young Life. For the first time in a long time, I have a real smile on my face. Thanks!"
-K.P., local high school junior. 
Program Comments by Organization
Among our greatest challenges in Young Life Sarasota is the need for more volunteer leaders who have the desire and the availability to make a long-term investment into the lives of middle school and high school students.
The long-term plan includes engaging and involving local churches to recruit and train enough volunteers to reach exponentially more kids in Sarasota County. We are moving forward with local colleges to develop a leadership recruiting and training program on their respective campuses as well. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Eric S Hoskins
CEO Term Start July 2000
CEO/Executive Director Email
Eric Hoskins is our Area Director for Young Life Sarasota, and comes to us with 10 years of experience on Young Life Staff in Knoxville, TN and in Birmingham, AL and another 8 as a volunteer leader in Knoxville. Over the past 18 years, he has been involved in direct ministry with middle school, high school, and college students. Eric is passionate about training and believes that recruiting and training more volunteers is the key to reaching more and more kids across Sarasota with the good news of Jesus Christ. Eric and his family moved to Sarasota in June of 2012.

Eric has been married to Sarah for 7 years, and they have 4 daughters​; Adelai (5), Campbell (3), Ellington (2), and Mollie (born July 30th!) Sarah has also served Young Life in various volunteer capacities, from Wyld Life to Young Life College.

Eric and Sarah are both graduates of the University of Tennessee and still have family in Knoxville.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 4
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Currently none. In development.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 6
Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Sheri Mills
Company Affiliation Sarasota Suncoast Academy
Board Term Nov 2012 to Dec 2014
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Chris Brandon Parker Williams
Tammie Connor Siesta Key Events
Amanda Crump Community Volunteer
Amanda Franklin Suncoast Academy
Ann Gamble-Blechta Retired
Sheri Mills Suncoast Academy
Teddi Seebach retired
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 71
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 70
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2013
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2014
Projected Revenue $74,000.00
Projected Expenses $119,600.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose The Purpose of Campaign 360 is to extend our monthly donor base and our overall revenue to a minimum of $216,000. This expansion will be used to hire 2 more full-time and 2 part-time staff members.
Campaign Goal $216,000.00
Campaign Dates Oct 2012 to Sept 2018
Amount Raised To Date 48000 as of Oct 2013
IRS Form 990s
990 2010-20112011
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$51,892$58,780$10,485
Administration Expense$35,934$41,530$7,793
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.711.61
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%59%57%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $89,451Contributions, gifts, grants $71,243Contributions, gifts, grants $29,406
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $1,1300 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
This organization is a local chapter of the Colorado-based Young Life organization (national).  Income and expense statements have been provided for the local chapter; however no balance sheet information is available at the local level.
Nonprofit Young Life Sarasota
Address P.O. Box 3945
Sarasota, FL 80901
Phone 941 224-7036