Meet OUr staff

Lindsay Hedlund: Area Director

Hello Friends! My name is Lindsay Hedlund and I am the Area Director for Plano Young Life. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management. After graduation, I headed back to my hometown of Plano and got involved with Young Life as a volunteer leader. I quickly and then consistently heard The Lord call me to work for Young Life. My favorite part about being apart of Young Life in Plano is being able to serve the city I grew up in and seeing kids and families come to trust Jesus. ​ I enjoy all things that involve horses, home decor and great music!

Nathan LaBenz: Staff Associate

Hello! My name is Nathan LaBenz and I am on staff for Young Life here in Plano. I was born and raised in Arlington, TX and went to Stephen F. Austin St. University for the past 4 years and graduated in May 2021. I married the love of my life, Lauren, in January of 2021! I love the mission of Young Life and being able to create a safe and inviting community for all kids. I love anything outdoors from fishing to football and am a huge Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars fan!

Tara Jones: Area Administrator

Howdy! My name is Tara Jones and I get to serve Plano as the Area Administrator. I have had the privilege of being involved in Young Life as a student and camper, volunteer leader, staff associate, area director, committee member and now area administrator. From every aspect of Young Life, one thing is clear: Jesus Christ is worth knowing and sharing with everyone. I love spending time with family and friends, drinking coffee, and reading a good book.

Who We Are

at a Glance


Young Life begins in the USA

In a town in Texas, at the request of his pastor, a young associate pastor named Jim Raybrun began showing young people how much God cares about them by showing up in their world and sharing the message of God's love through Jesus in ways and words they could understand and relate to.


Countries with Young Life staff and leaders

Today, Young Life is a global organization with local focus. You'll find Young Life leaders from diverse cultures, nationalities and backgrounds in over 100 countries around the world. ​

Two million

young people reached by Young Life staff and leaders

Whether it's in cities or villages, towns or tower blocks, in countries on every continent, Young Life leaders are working with over two million young people, right in their own neighborhoods.



Since 1941, Young Life leaders have walked with kids and earned the right to be heard in an exhausting and exciting world. In 2018, 348,000 kids were involved every week all around the world.

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