An explanation and a story from KJ Van Ek, High School Youth Director at GS:
The High School Youth Program at GS is excited to announce that it has ever so recently changed its name from “Youth Alive” to “real.life” (spelt as-is, complete with all lower-case letters and punctuation, but pronounced simply as “real life”)!
The basic idea behind the change revolves around this notion that many high school students feel like they’re in some sort of limbo, where they’re given many adult expectations and responsibilities, but then told they can’t begin “real life” until they get a “real job” or a “real car” or a “real significant other” or start a “real family” or face “real life problems,” as if everything they’re currently experiencing is somehow “fake.”
And so, in real.life, we hope to create a space in the lives of the students we serve at GS where they can feel free to be real in the here and now, right where they’re at in life. We want “RL” to be a place where our students can take themselves seriously as individuals who really matter and whose lives are more (much more) than a jumble of confusing and trivial experiences. Teens are real, their problems are real, their joys are real, their pain is real, their faith is real, and their lives are real.
Check out this conversation I had on Facebook chat with a really cool girl in the youth group a few hours after pitching the new name and logos to the youth group on Sunday morning…