3rd Annual Golf Tournament

by Luke on February 23, 2017

On April 24th, you are invited to Tee It Up for Kids at Columbia Country Club.  This is a four person scramble style golf tournament.  All proceeds directly support the work of Young Life in Columbia.golf pic for web

There are two ways that you can participate: either put together a four person team and play in the tournament or sign on as a corporate sponsor (details below).

A hot lunch will be served at 12pm followed by a shotgun start at 1:30pm.  We will end with a brief awards ceremony where the top three teams will be recognized.

The entry fee is $150 per person which covers green fees for 18 holes, cart, hot lunch, beer and non alcoholic beverages, and a gift.  $100 of your entry fee is a tax deductible donation to Young Life Columbia.

Also, anyone who is able to ace Hole 11 will win $10,000.


By mail: print off the registration form and mail it in with a check.

By email: email leahelizabethjex@gmail.com with registration info and either pay at the event or over the phone with a debit or credit card.

Corporate Sponsorships

If you would like to become a sponsor, email younglifecolumbia@gmail.com.

Tournament Sponsor ($5,000): Includes three teams (12 players), company logo on tournament gift, signs in clubhouse, on beverage carts, and on the course.

Driving Range Sponsor ($2,500): Includes two teams (8 players) and a large company sign at driving range.

Lunch Sponsor ($2,000): Includes company sign in clubhouse during opening lunch and recognition in pre-tournament promotions.

Hole Sponsor Plus ($1,000): Includes one team (4 players) and company sign at designated hole.

Hole Sponsor ($500): Includes company sign at designated hole.


9th annual Trivia Night is in the books!

by Luke on February 13, 2017

On Friday night, 26 teams competed in our 9th annual Young Life Trivia Night. $4,455 was raised to help support Young Life at Hickman, Battle, and Rock Bridge high schools.  A big thank you to The Crossing for hosting us and to Charles Anderson for emceeing the event.


In Their World

by Luke on February 8, 2017

In Their World from Young Life Columbia on Vimeo.


Trivia Night Categories Revealed

by Luke on February 1, 2017

Here are the finalized categories for Friday Night’s Trivia Night. The titles are intentionally vague.  Let’s see if you can read between the lines!  Study up!

It was a Dark and Stormy Night
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Young Life (Not actually about our organization)
Discovery Works
Keep Calm and Carry On
Sports Mascots
Missed It by That Much
Luke Neal (Not actually about our Area Director)


Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

by Luke on January 31, 2017

If you are looking for some delicious doughnuts for yourself/neighbors/clients and want to help a kid get to camp, simply email your order to leahelizabethjex@gmail.com.

If you are headed to SharpTop Cove or on the backpacking trip this summer and need to raise some funds for your trip, here’s how you can do that:

We are teaming up with Krispy Kreme by selling glazed doughnuts.  For each dozen you sell, $7 will go towards your trip to SharpTop Cove or backpacking.  So, for example, if you sell 20 dozen, you would get $140 towards camp.

Here’s how you can make some money for camp:

1. Pick up an order form at Club or download one here.

2. Sell doughnuts! Doughnuts are $10 per dozen each and $7 of that goes directly to your trip.  Please collect money when you take the order.  Forms and money are due back February 15th.  Checks made out to Young Life.

3. Deliver doughnuts.  You will need to show up in person on Saturday, February 25th at 9am to pick up your doughnuts.  We will pick them up from St. Louis and bring them to Columbia that morning.  They should be delivered either that day or the next to ensure freshness.


Leader Profile: Nick Lazechko

by Leah Jex on January 28, 2017


Name:  Nick Lazechko

Hometown:  Dardenne Prarie, MO

Occupation:  Digital Marketing Executive at Lift Division

Date started working with Young Life:   I attended my first Young Life work week in late May of 2016 and became a leader in August of 2016.

Favorite Movie:  Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Ice Cream:  Raspberry Cookie Dough

Favorite Young Life memory:  Fall Camp at Clearwater Cove

Something interesting about myself:   I think I’m hilarious but my friends don’t.


Leader Profile: Chris Cooper

by Leah Jex on January 28, 2017

Name:  Chris Cooper

Hometown:  Wardsville, MO

Occupation:  Student

Major:  Secondary Math Education

Date started working with Young Life:  November 2015

Favorite Movie(s):  That Thing You Do, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Favorite Ice Cream:  Butter Brickle

Something interesting about myself:  I like just about every kind of music!


Leader Profile: Terra Glab

by Leah Jex on January 28, 2017

Name:  Terra Glab

Hometown:  Glen Ellyn, IL

Occupation:  Student

Major:  Journalism

Date started working with Young Life:  December 2016

Favorite Movie:  Good Will Hunting

Favorite Ice Cream:  Coffee

Favorite Young Life memory:  Serving on Work Crew

Something interesting about myself:  I hate bananas


Leader Profile: Chandler Fry

by Leah Jex on January 28, 2017

Name:  Chandler Fry

Hometown:  Belton, MO

Occupation:  Student, Assistant Manager at Hy-Vee

Major:  Business Administration – Management

Date started leading Young Life:  I started in January 2013 as a Wyldlife leader

Favorite Movie:  ANYTHING scary!

Favorite ice cream:  Mint chocolate chip

Favorite Young Life memory:  Taking my guys to camp after my Junior year and being their head leader has been, by far my favorite memory! Also, working at Clearwater Cove occasionally on the weekends CAN’T be beat!

Interesting thing about myself:  I LOVE DOGS. If I see a dog at ANY time, I’m likely to go up to it and pet it. Even if I’m driving down the road.


Backpacking Trip 2017

by Luke on January 15, 2017

An Unforgettable Week in the Rocky Mountains!
June 23rd – 30th, 2017

We have booked a trip through a company called Rocky Mountain Region (RMR) Backcountry for a six night backpacking trip in Colorado. This company will provide two guides and most of the major equipment we will need.  Also, Young Life leaders from Columbia will be attending on at least a 1 to 6 ratio.

We plan to depart Columbia on the morning of June 23rd. We will spend that day making the 11 hour drive to Fraser, Colorado. We will stay the night in a hotel in the Fraser area and arrive at base camp at 9:00am the following morning, June 24th. The next 6 days will be spent on the trail. By noon on June 30th, we will be back on the road heading home. We plan on arriving back in Columbia late that evening.RMR photo

RMR Backcountry currently operates in the following Wilderness Areas in and around Sulphur Springs, CO: Rocky Mountain National Park, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Indian Peaks Wilderness and Never Summer Wilderness. A decision about the specific route and trails that we will use is made about a week before we hit the trail and is based on trail conditions, group size, and traffic on the trails.

The total cost of the trip will be between $575 and $675. This cost will cover transportation, one night stay in a hotel, and the fee that Rocky Mountain Region Backcountry charges for their services. Final cost will depend on how many people end up going and transportation. The only extra money that you will need is for a few meals “on the road” and some minor equipment (mainly a good pair of hiking boots). We are working on borrowing vehicles (vans or SUVs), so we can keep the cost around $575. If we have to rent them, the cost will be closer to $675. We plan to have between 8 and 13 people attending, so we need vehicles that could accommodate that many. Church vans, car dealerships, rental car companies, or personal vehicles are all good options. Please contact me if you or someone you know could help in this area. Please note though that Young Life will not allow us to use 15 passenger vans due to safety concerns.

Fundraisers: We are going to be offering fund-raising opportunities in the winter and spring.

Registration: Fill out the online form below AND pay the $150 deposit online by clicking HERE. The deposit is NON-refundable unless someone can fill your spot, because we must pay the backpacking company to hold our trip.