As school started this week, you may have driven by Cloquet schools and noticed the Young Life building is no longer there. While Cloquet Area Young Life is no longer in the building off of Washington Avenue, we are still excitedly gearing up for this school year's programming and new opportunities this fall.

In the community since 2001, Young Life exists to help students process through life and spiritual life. Students know they have a safe place to go if they're struggling outwardly, inwardly or at home. About a dozen adult leaders care directly for students by going to their games and events, meeting one-on-one and participating in weekly "clubs." Another dozen adults are on our board to steer the direction of YL.

In 2016, YL pursued the option of having a physical space to meet and rented a space on Washington Avenue before the new middle school went in across the street. In that building, YL provided places for after-school groups, homework space and safety out of the cold. It also hosted the annual YL 5K and the majority of the weekly YL clubs.

Young Life calls its weekly clubs "a party with a purpose." Imagine 30-50 students each week running around playing goofy games, dressing silly, getting whipped cream in their faces, laughing uncontrollably, connecting with friends in life rather than on their phones, and discussing life's challenges with caring adults to listen and guide when needed.

This school year, YL will be hosting club in public places and homes, much like it has in the past. The location will vary weekly, as the program draws students from Cloquet, Esko, Carlton, Denfeld, Moose Lake and other schools. Schedules will be put up around the schools, and locations for club can also be found on our website or by following "CECYOUNGLIFE" on Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter.

If you would like to learn more about YL, visit or attend our annual banquet Sept. 30.