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Malayna’s Story

I’m a sophomore at Olathe East and I found out about Youthfront Teen Staff just from being a camper myself. I found out about Youthfront itself by going with some close family friends and ever since then, I have been going every summer. It was such an amazing experience and I was so sad in 8th grade thinking this was my last year camping, so I wanted to see if they had anything for older kids. That’s when I found out about Teen Staff. I didn’t know much about it but my thought process was, “It’s Youthfront, so of course it would be fun!”

I was a little scared at first because I didn’t know what it was and who was going to be there, but honestly, Teen Staff has changed my life tremendously. There is nothing like it. It is such a loving and safe community, and I have met some of my lifelong friends here. I walked in knowing no one, and now it’s my second family. I can’t express enough how much I love serving here no matter what the job is. Having everyone be crazy for Jesus is amazing and brings me so much joy.

It’s a great feeling to be surrounded by such an amazing community who all thrive to serve God and grow closer to him. I look up to people on Summer Staff and even seniors in high school; they make me want to be that for younger kids, and reach out and guide them like they have guided me. This place is so dear to my heart.

Malayna Vardakis, Teen Staff


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