New area director eager to lead Carmel Young Life


By Riya Chinni

Carmel Young Life will have a change in leadership in the 2018-19 school year. Jaime McCord, who has been involved with Young Life since she was in college, will be the orgination’s new area director.


McCord said a primary mission of the faith-based nonprofit is to develop relationships between students and adult leaders, who encourage and support them throughout their teen years.

“I’m passionate about teenagers and encouraging teenagers to have purpose and to love Jesus and to love others, so that was originally what drove me to (Young Life),” McCord said.

Young Life meets multiple times a month with gatherings that include small- and large-group activities such as games, singing and bonfires. Young Life is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 and has a middle school-counterpart, Wyld Life.

McCord has been a part of YoungLife for several years but decided to step into the leadership position because all of her kids are now in school and she has more free time to dedicate to the organization.

She said her favorite part of Young Life is its emphasis on reminding teens that Jesus loves them for who they are and building closer connections to Jesus.

“I love that the vision for (Young Life) is that everyone should know that Jesus loves them, that you are loved and perfect,” McCord said. “One of my visions with being a part of Young Life is being who I needed as a teenager. It’s always encouraging to have someone else walking alongside me, to be known and to be loved just the way that I was as a teenager, and I think that is the gift that we can give through Young Life to Carmel.”

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