About Youth Challenge
What is “Youth Challenge”?
Youth Challenge, Inc., is an interdenominational, non-profit organization committed to reaching teens for Christ. Founded in Holyoke, Colorado, Youth Challenge has expanded it’s ministry into western Colorado, the Denver metro area, NW Kansas, SE Wyoming and SW Nebraska. The staff of our ministry is accountable to a board of directors comprised of local businessmen who profess a faith in Jesus Christ. Youth Challenge works closely with area churches, Christian organizations and schools to provide Christ oriented meaningful activities for young people. Youth Challenge is a recognized 501c3 organization incorporated in the state of Colorado.
Our organization was founded in 1988 by Tammy Harmon, a local Christian who had a burden to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with teenagers. In 1989, Rick and Sonja Cleaver answered the call to become directors of Youth Challenge. Youth Challenge began to grow and in 1990 became an independent corporation in the state of Colorado. Today there are several full-time staff members and over 30 adult volunteers ministering to teenagers through our ministry.
” Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ “
Youth Challenge, Inc. Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible in its original text to be the inspired, the only infallible and authoritative work of God.
We believe 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, tangible return in power and in glory.
We believe that for the salvation of any person 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 the body of the saved and 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.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single and exclusive union.
Meet Our Team
Executive Director of Youth Challenge
Rick is a graduate of Christ Unlimited Bible Institute. Rick met his wife, Sonja, in 1979 and they were married later that year. In 1989 Rick and Sonja answered the call while they were serving Kansas City Youth For Christ to move and become directors of Youth Challenge in Holyoke Colorado. God has blessed them with over 30 years of ministry and they look forward to many more. They have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
Chief Operating Officer
Amanda LaGrange is the Chief Operating Officer of Youth Challenge. She oversees the Bible Quizzing program, Camp Machasay office as well as operating responsibilities of the ministry. She loves reading and being outside, especially in the summer. She has been married since 2002 and has two daughters and one son.
Camp Machasay Director
Mike Frazier was called to volunteer at Camp Machasay in the summer of 2009. Finishing the summer out, he was led by God to join the YC staff full time as the camp manager. He is now the camp director. With a background in construction, mechanics, and rodeo, he is a great fit. Also, a gift for talking to anyone has been a great blessing as he is involved with many people from different walks of life at camp and while doing ministry in the Holyoke, CO area. Micaila, formerly Micaila Cleaver, has been involved throughout the years with different facets of the ministry, and has now joined Mike at camp. She will be helping Mike in ministry wherever the need arises. They are looking forward to building their new marriage together in ministry.
Summer Program Director
Zac White is our summer program director for Camp Machasay. His favorite part about camp is seeing campers year after year and how they have grown in the Lord. Zac is also involved in other aspects of Youth Challenge such as Bible Quizzing, Outdoor Adventures, and one-on-one discipleship with teens. Zac graduated from Chadron State College with his teaching degree and is working full time for the Ogallala school district. In July of 2019, he married Larissa Hastings who also works as a teacher in Ogallala and helps with the summer camps at Camp Machasay.
Intern at Youth Challenge
Meredith joined our internship program in January 2020. She has been involved in Youth Challenge activities for many years including working at Camp Machasay, participating in Bible Quizzing, and joining our Jamaica missions trips. As an intern, she will be learning church history, theology, support raising, and working in every area of our ministry. We are excited to have her on board!