Young Life leaders devote the bulk of their time building meaningful and trusting relationships with kids. A leader must be willing to spend time and energy pouring into kids’ lives. Kids are starving for real relationships and it is in this context that the Gospel will come alive. Leaders “win the right to be heard” by going to kids and contacting them on their turf. Leaders go to where lost kids are and build friendships with them. We are not limited to contact work only at our meetings; it mostly happens in the midst of everyday life. Leaders live out the principle that relationships with people are more important than the program. People are our program and our friendships with them display this in the way we treat them and the time we spend with them.