Young Life

HWY507 Young Life students hang out at a Halloween-themed club at Rainier High School last month.

The Tonight Show is coming to Yelm.

Kind of.

HWY 507 Young Life is putting on a mock Tonight Show with a silent auction beforehand at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at Yelm Prairie Christian Center.

“The Tonight Show is going to look like the Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show on TV and we’re going to have a host named Felicia Van Lierop,” said Justine Jones, area director HWY 507 Young Life. 

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. along with the appetizers, then at 6 p.m. the silent auction begins, followed by the show at 7:10 p.m.

“The show ends at 8:30 p.m.,” Jones said. “I wanted to honor everyone with the ending time. I know that families have to hire babysitters on nights out like this Young Life event.”

Like Fallon’s version of the show, there will be interviews throughout its duration. But instead of movie stars, Van Lierop will interview Young Life leaders and students about what Young Life is trying to accomplish. Jones will even be interviewed — she will share her story and be formally announced as area director of HWY 507 Young Life.

“The Tonight Show is a fun way to share what we are doing in the area and there will be an opportunity for an ‘ask’ at the end,” Jones said. “An ‘ask’ is just a space where we are stating a need and the audience has a chance to meet that need by becoming a donor, a leader or by joining our committee team.”

Attendees will get to bid on items like a generator or an Xbox One in the silent auction.

“Young Life is a faith-based organization that reaches unseen kids,” Jones said. “We earn the right to be heard and build relationships with students. We give a safe place to hang out and really have a mentor-relationship in the hopes of introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.” 

One of the things that Young Life prides itself on is that it doesn’t force Jesus, or religion, on its students, Jones said. It simply holds club, where students play games, followed by a 15-minute talk about Jesus, followed by more games. If a student doesn’t want to buy into the more spiritual side of the club, they don’t have to, Jones said. The idea here is to introduce Jesus into the lives of students, but not require them to get on board. It is all about the agency of the student, not the leader.

“We have a club in Rainier at the high school,” Jones said. “Middle school and high schoolers are every other month at 6:37 p.m. to 7:37 p.m. Yelm and Tenino are welcome to come. We have a few Yelm students who already attend. It is like an all-area club.” 

Jones said that she is passionate about Young Life, because of what it did for her life.

“I was introduced to Young Life in my senior year in high school,” Jones said. “I had a leader who came to lunches regularly and really built a friendship with me. I ended up going to camp that year. Before Young Life, there was a lot of hardship in my family. So when I went to camp, I got to see what the excitement about Jesus was all about.

“I got to see more healthy examples of friendships and relationships in general and just pure joy that I hadn’t had by myself,” Jones said.

After camp Jones started leading at Young Life and became a student staffer for two years and also worked a Young Life internship throughout college. As a result of these things, She became the area director of HWY 507 Young Life, she said.

Tickets for the event cost $15 for singles and $20 for couples. Got to http://www.hwy507.youngline.org then click on the auction tab to reserve tickets. Attendees can also buy tickets at the door.

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