Redwood Falls Youth For Christ (YFC) hosted its annual spring banquet and bake sale fundraiser May 6.

On hand were 30-plus years’ worth of photos being cleaned out of storage.

Guests were able to look through them and take any photographs of past memories and friends that they wanted.

Local teacher and football coach Matt Lundeen talked about the things that students need in their lives to be successful. Few people get to experience life alongside teenagers like educators do, and his unique perspective made him the perfect spokesman for the message of youth work in the community.

That message is teenagers are highly valuable, gifted, challenged and in need of people who will care enough to speak into kids’ lives and invest in them.

Also speaking were graduating seniors Gage Rohne and Sarah Heiderscheidt. Both have been long-time participants in Youth For Christ programs.

After sharing some humorous moments they’d experienced through the years, they presented how YFC had made an impact in their lives, how they see themselves and how they interact with the world.

After sharing a year in review, including the trips, activities, memories, changes and great stories about kids, Chris Schmitz, Redwood Falls YFC director, discussed where the program is heading.

The upcoming year hopes to include more of the same life-changing curriculum, games, clubs and events.

There are also plans to work more with community collaboration beginning this summer, with regular programming co-hosted alongside other area youth workers of all kinds.

Weekly, YFC meets during the school year with Redwood Valley Middle School at the Redwood Area Community Center Tuesdays after classes and at the old Calf Fiend building Wednesdays where Schmitz’ office is located.

The local program will be publishing its summer schedule within the next couple weeks.

More information on Youth For Christ can be found online at yfcminnesota.com.