To impact lives for eternity.

To bring hope to youth in our community through holistic care.

Our History

Youth For Christ (YFC) became a national non-profit organization in 1944 with the mission of youth evangelism. Billy Graham was the first employee. YFC has 160 chapters nationwide with 11 ministry programs.


Heartland YFC has been serving youth in Linn County since 1962. Heartland Youth For Christ seeks community transformation through holistic and relational outreach to young people, ages 11-19, across Benton County, Clayton County, Delaware County, Dubuque County, and Linn County. 

Working together with the local church and volunteers, we:


  • Equip young people with skills to live a Christ-centered life.

  • Engage young people in Christ-sharing relationships.

  • Empower young people to share the love of Jesus with others.

Each year, Heartland Youth For Christ engages with over 600 kids in schools and neighborhoods. Heartland Youth For Christ staff and volunteers show the love of Christ in tangible ways. While our faith motivates us to action, our programs are open to young people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

God has given us incredible opportunities. Youth For Christ is being asked to expand to meet the needs of the local community. However, we can't do this alone. We need partners to help us in this mission. To learn more about how you can partner with us, click here.

Our passion is to minister in the name of Jesus. We are liberated by His forgiveness and we are propelled by His love; to invest, engage, confront, and proclaim as agents of mercy and ambassadors of truth.  We are stewards of His message and ministers of His grace on school campuses and in local neighborhoods… with the outcast and the overwhelmed… with the seekers and the scared.
What is the

1) God is holy, 2) we are hopeless sinners, 3) Christ died and rose again for sinners, and 4) this great salvation is enjoyed by faith in Christ-but believing the gospel is also to treasure Jesus Christ as your unsearchable riches. What makes the gospel Gospel is that it brings a person into the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of Jesus Christ.


What are the
YFC 5 Essentials?
  1. Widespread Prayer

  2. Loving Relationships

  3. Faithful Bible Teaching

  4. Collaborative Community Strategy

  5. Adults Who Empower

What is the
3Story Way of Life?

It is a way of seeing how the relationships we have with other people and God can be connected and grown. 3Story® is not an evangelism tool or method, it is who we want to be and how we want to live.

In YFC, 3Story® is our living operating system. Our hope is that it becomes our DNA.


What is the
YFC Statement of Faith?

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.