New youth group comes to Milan

By Joyce Ervin

A group of Milan parents have been praying and planning to start the Christian program, Wyldlife, for Milan pre-teens for more than a year, said committee member, Jenny Ross.
Youth life was launched in the early 1930s with a mission to build bridges of friendship.  According to the organization’s website, “An overview of Young Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry committed to making a positive difference in the lives of kids through the friendship and influence of caring adults.”
In the final stages of planning, the committee is ready to launch a meet and greet for affiliated pre-teen group Wyldlife, this month and begin meeting regularly, with the help of University of Michigan volunteers. 
Wyldlife is a program designed for middle school-aged youth.  U of M students, Hadley Gaines, Maggie Becker and Amanda Kessel, will be leading the group and offering support.  They plan to treat the youth to donuts, eat lunch with them at school, attend sporting and other events that the youth may be involved.  They will also share a lesson of their faith.
Gaines was a leader of a group while attending Hillsdale College before transferring to U-M.
He and his counterparts are looking forward to joining the Milan youth.  Gaines said, “I’m looking forward to having fun and supporting members of the community.”
Ross said she and the other mission committee members, Christine Mann, Krissa Rumsey, Rebecca Cooper, Charissa Kofhl, Margie Knechtel and Mike Rea, will begin the program with pre-teens and hopefully start the  program, Youth Life, in September for high school students.
For more information on the program including dates and times for meetings, email Ross at: jjr0404 [at] comcast [dot] net.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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