Current response to COVID-19 Virus from 71Five Executive Director, Bud Amundsen (read more…) or (watch it here).


Youth 71Five Ministries

“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 icb
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Relational Ministry

We exist to share God’s story with young people through authentic relationships in any relevant way.

71Five Golf Challenge

Rescheduled Date: Sat., Oct 3rd 2020… Be a part of a long tradition while helping thousands of kids through this benefit 71Five Golf Challenge hosted by Youth 71Five Ministries. Featuring a four-person scramble with 7:15am and 1:00pm shotguns and banquet served by the Talon Grill at 6:30pm.
Contact us with any player, sponsor or tournament questions at (541) 779-3275

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Youth 71Five Ministries (formerly Rogue Valley Youth for Christ) provides many opportunities for loving, caring, Christ-following adults to engage in the lives of lost and hurting kids. We aim to bring hope through relationship; providing a safe place to belong and sharing the message of the Gospel. There are a number of ways for you to be involved in the work God is doing in the Rogue Valley – there is a place for you on our team! Young people desperately need your friendship and the love of Jesus in their lives. Through your involvement and God’s power, we will see young lives transformed.


kids need a safe place

Too many kids lack nurturing homes and a sense of belonging. At our 71Five Campus Youth Centers and 71Five City Community Center, kids find a safe, fun place to relax and caring adults who take the time to know them. 71Five Campus programs provide opportunities to discuss life lessons from a Christ-centered perspective. 71Five City is an effective ministry model to transform the lives of inner-city youth, their families and the neighborhood communities that they live in.

kids need hope and encouragement

Many young people make poor decisions related to drugs and violence. These kids often end up in Juvenile Detention Centers feeling broken and hopeless. And our 71Five Connect Workshop reaches kids with a powerful resiliency program in local schools. The 71Five Justice and 71Five Connect staff and volunteers offer listening ears and the hope and encouragement found in a relationship with God.

kids need someone to imitate

Kids are always looking for role models to imitate, but many are growing up in relational poverty where they have no good role models to follow. Our 71Five Justice, 71Five Mentors, 71Five Parents and 71Five VoTech mentoring programs provide young people with long term trusting relationships with adults that form the foundation for healthy influence.

we are unique in our work

Although we offer fun and helpful programs for kids, our real work is building the relationships necessary for kids to thrive. By providing places where youth feel secure, by delivering a message of real hope, and by being people kids can truly count on, we are seeing lives transformed.


We mobilize responsible caring adults to be engaged in authentic mentoring relationships with at-risk youth. These relationships are pivotal to building the foundation for guiding young people by helping them to develop the mental, physical, social, and spiritual components of their lives.


Youth 71Five Ministries Includes:

Youth 71Five Ministries, (formerly Rogue Valley Youth for Christ), exists to share God’s story through authentic relationship in any relevant way. We believe that influence happens best through healthy, authentic relationships.
Within these ministries, 71Five Camp, 71Five Campus, 71Five City, 71Five Connect, 71Five Justice, 71Five Mentoring, 71Five Parents, and 71Five VoTech; We mobilize responsible caring adults to be engaged in authentic mentoring relationships with at-risk youth. These relationships are pivotal to building the foundation for guiding young people by helping them to develop the mental, physical, social, and spiritual components of their lives.


71Five Events:

Youth 71Five Ministries (formerly Rogue Valley YFC)  is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported through the generosity of individuals, foundations and businesses like you. Check out these great ways to participate and fundraise for a great cause!

Youth 71Five Ministries Involvement:

Oregon Business magazine announced Youth 71Five Ministries (formerly Rogue Valley YFC) is a 100 Best Nonprofit to work for! Youth 71Five Ministries is not only a workplace to grow and develop professionally, it’s a place that will change you personally. Our organization is also proud to be a GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile participant. Platinum lets us show quantitative metrics on the progress we’re making toward our mission. We thank God for your generosity and we promise to use your financial gift wisely. Youth 71Five Ministries depends on the involvement of caring adults to accomplish our mission—to reach local teens with the message that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. We are asking God to raise up an army of caring adults who will establish relationships with the youth in our communities. We need volunteers who will serve directly with students, mentoring advocates, intercessors, financial partners, and administrative help in the office. Wherever your gifts and talents lie, you can make an eternal difference in a young person’s life.

you can get involved

Operating in Jackson and Josephine Counties: (5) 71Five Campus programs, (4) Youth Centers, (2) 71Five City Community Centers, and (1) 71Five VoTech Training Center. Additional mentoring through 71Five Justice, 71Five Parents, and 71Five Mentors initiatives. 71Five Connect youth resiliency workshops for Middle School and High School students and teachers. 71Five Camps for Middle School and High School kids in the summer.

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The pandemic has changed a lot of the things we do, and with Youth 71Five Ministries, we have had to change as well. At 71Five Campus – North Medford Youth Center, we immediately started doing online clubs as soon as we could no longer meet together. Kids found comfort in the fact that despite all the doom and gloom in the news, they were still able to come together with caring adults and friends, even if it was online and not face to face. Through the online ministry, we were able to share Jesus several times a week with some kids who don’t know him. Through video we were able to meet kids right in their homes, and create new ways of sharing the gospel with kids who need him. In fact, this week one of the college and career girls was baptized at her church on live stream.
God is still at work in young people’s lives here at 71Five… even through a pandemic! We thank you for your continued giving, prayers, and time in reaching out to young people. Kids lives are being changed thanks to you. If you want to get involved, please give us a call at Youth 71Five Ministries. There are kids who need you! TIM HARDY 71Five Campus Area Coordinator – North Medford  (541) 779-3275
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 icb


“Great is Thy Faithfulness” 🙏

There’s a hymn that’s almost 100 years old that is probably very familiar to most of us. Its title is, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and it speaks of God’s unchanging love and grace toward his people. Take a look at the chorus which is profoundly comforting as we face the needs of each day in these very uncertain times…

     Great is Thy faithfulness
     Great is Thy faithfulness
     Morning by morning new mercies I see
     And all I have needed Thy hand hath provided
     Great is Thy faithfulness
     Lord unto me

I try to remember there’s nothing we have that we haven’t been given. We live from hand to mouth— God’s hand to our mouth and the reality is… you are his hand. God has shown his faithfulness time and time again. A vast majority of His faithfulness comes from you and others that listen to His call, care about young people and faithfully sacrifice your own wants and needs for the sake of His work. The needs of kids have only increased due to all the uncertainty and the fear associated with it. We are staying faithful to our calling in new ways as we trust in the faithfulness of God through you.

Thank you for bringing ‘new mercies’ to lost and hurting young people! BUD AMUNDSEN 71Five Executive Director (541) 779-3275
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


Paying the bill

Lee and Ricky were matched in 2014 when Ricky was 9 years old. They’ve enjoyed hanging out, hiking, or going to Lee’s home for a homemade dinner and DIY projects in Lee’s yard. Last year, Ricky got his first job and decided to make a special promise to Lee, that one day he would do something nice for him in return. Last December, Ricky followed through on his word and took Lee out to dinner, paying the bill for the first time ever. 71Five Mentors help at-risk youth learn how to create healthy, authentic, and loving relationships. These connections go deeper than typical friendships. Kids find hope in Jesus through these trusting relationships while gaining valuable life skills… like responsibility, goal setting, reliability, self-worth or even the significance behind a kept promise. Mentoring relationships are genuinely built through love and often last for many years.
Thanks to your support, mentoring relationships like Lee’s and Ricky’s become possible and promises once deemed unreachable become realities. If you feel God’s desire for you to become a mentor or be more involved, please call us and let us help you help the lost. DARLENE HARPER 71Five Mentors Coordinator (541) 779.3275
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


Finding His Niche

Arthur is a young man in the Barriers to Bridges (B2B) program who is also on the autism spectrum. He never talks, never smiles, always looks down and doesn’t participate in much. How he ended up in the Juvenile Justice System is a mystery to our team. One day Arthur was introduced to Mike, our welding instructor. Arthur spent a lot of time in the welding shop where he seemed to learn and thrive as he melted metal plates together. At the start of the last B2B class the director asked for volunteers to go into the welding lab and work on a project. Arthur lifted his head and for the first time, smiled and raised his hand. It appears he has found his niche at 71Five VoTech and is becoming one very good welder.
This niche that Arthur found was created by you through your support, prayers and encouragement. Please consider joining us with your Time and Talents to widen this ‘niche’ into a ‘valley’ of hope. LARRY LICATO 71Five VoTech Director (541) 779-3275

“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB



Online Clubs

A couple of weeks ago, I contacted CJ, one of the high schoolers who comes to 71Five Campus in Eagle Point. It was CJ’s birthday and he was really happy to hear from me. During our conversation he stated, “I really miss Campus. When’s it gonna be open again?” While I had to tell him it was going to be several weeks, I told him I would continue to reach out. Since he started coming to 71Five Campus, I’ve personally witnessed CJ’s growth in maturity and respect. He looks forward to the Youth Center reopening like so many other youth have said in the last month.
Thank you for all who have reached out with concerns about how this ministry is going through the hard time we’re facing right now. We’ve transitioned most of our ministry to calling, texting and video conferencing our students who once filled the Youth Centers. We’ve even connected with some new faces who enjoy this ‘virtual’ type of ministry. Because of your prayers and your support, we continue to connect with the youth in our communities and share the hope found in Jesus. PETER KUHL 71Five Campus Coordinator – Eagle Point (541) 779-3275
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


virtual shoulders

Grace has one of those stories… She’s bounced around from place to place, living with different family members. Until this past year, her mom has struggled with drug addiction. Dad lives 5 states away. 71Five is one of the few safe, stable places where she can go, and she doesn’t miss a night. She says “Coming here is the best part of my week!” I was concerned about her adjusting to this new season of isolation and confinement. It turns out, I don’t need to worry. You see, Grace is quite a sociable girl and has a big, big heart. She’s always finding other hurting kids out there in the virtual world, like Junie from Pennsylvania who wants to run away and Daniel from Texas who talks of suicide. Grace wants them just to be happy and she turns to me to help her. We often talk of the grace of God and the hope I have in Jesus. She gets to practice discernment, making sure these people she meets are legitimate as I look over her virtual shoulder.
Grace says, “I don’t believe in God or go to church,” but I know God hasn’t given up on her. I see Him working on her heart, calling her to Himself and I’m confident someday she’ll come to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. The times have changed, but the mission has not. Your love, prayer, and giving provide this opportunity to disciple Grace and other youth just like her. Would you like to get more involved or hear more about what God is doing at 71Five City? Contact me at MICHAEL COOKE 71Five City Coordinator – Liberty Park (541) 779-3275
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


What Sam Did

As I would gaze across the room, Johnny would always capture my attention. His interpretation of participating during the lesson meant hoodie over his head, strings drawn tight, and to stare at the floor. On the surface, this behavior can be seen as disrespectful, rebellious and disobedient. Johnny’s been attending 71Five Campus clubs, field trips, and camps for over a year now. Gradually, I noticed the walls coming down, the hoodie coming off, and he began asking questions. After I shared about baptism, he raised his hand and asked, “Can I do what Sam did?” Sam had been baptized during our winter camp and even though Johnny didn’t know how to describe it, he knew he wanted it for himself. “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” [1Timothy 4:12] Slowly Johnny’s faith was strengthened by hearing the Word and by watching Sam.
You see, all along, Johnny didn’t understand what was being taught. His response was to hide in hopes that he didn’t have to participate. Just as Timothy did, we at 71Five have set out as co-workers in God’s service to spread the gospel of Christ to strengthen and encourage them in their faith [1Thessalonians 3:2]. It takes time to build trust that leads to hope. By providing places where youth feel secure, and people kids can truly count on, you are transforming lives. FARRAH GUTHRIE 71Five Campus Coordinator – Grants Pass (541) 779-3275
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


FEAR NOT . . .

A short message from Bud Amundsen, 71Five Executive Director as he shares about the fear of Covid-19 at Youth 71Five Ministries:

Got a Prayer Request… Questions? Feedback? No Problem! We want to PRAY, HELP and LISTEN . . .
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We’re All In This Together

We weren’t sure what to expect with a brand-new class for our 71Five Parents community this year — a Discipleship Class. Most of our get-togethers have been “youth group” style, with games, food, and laughter. But it was time to bridge the gap for these young parents between youth group and the ‘Body of Christ’. The first 8 weeks focused on the fundamentals, discussing basic questions: Who is Jesus? What is the Bible? How do we pray? The second 8 weeks began a conversation about Christian parenting. We explored how our parenting should reflect our relationship with Christ. In one session we asked, “If your children grow up to have the same relationship with God you currently have… will you be satisfied with that?” Ramona, mother of three, simply stated, “No, I’m not where I want to be yet. I know I have more learning to do.” Her vulnerability opened a conversation about how each of us are in process. Being a Christian means we’re always growing, always changing, always becoming more like Jesus. With God, there’s always more— more love, more grace, more peace, more forgiveness!
Your love, prayer, and giving provide this opportunity to disciple Ramona and other young parents just like her. Would you like to get more involved or hear more about what God is doing in the 71Five Parents Ministry, contact me at MISSY GETSINGER 71Five Parents Director (541) 779-3275
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


Light in the Darkness

The launch of our Phoenix/Talent Youth Center Club at 71Five Campus happened to fall on the exact same day that Oregon announced school closures due to COVID-19. During our time together at club, a student named Xander said, “I’m sad that school is canceled, I love school.” This time can be hard on kids. Hearing the concern around us, led to us sharing a message of hope for our first night of club. We shared that our God is sovereign, works out all things for good, knows and loves each of us, and promises to be with us through all things. I looked at Xander and told him that we are going to make the most of this time, that we will use this time off of school to gather together outdoors and have some fun. His face filled with a smile and before he left, he mentioned that he loved coming to 71Five Campus!
We always have the goal of bringing hope to young people. During this uncertain season, that mission is set even heavier on our hearts. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” [Romans 15:13] If you would like to hear more about ways that you can get involved in bringing hope to these kids, contact me or check out our ministries at MELANIE CIENFUEGOS 71Five Campus Area Director – Phoenix /Talent  (541) 779-3275
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB