Pike High School Young Life

With a vision to reach students at schools where Young Life hasn’t traditionally thrived or even been present at all, Mike Newton and the Young Life Indy Urban Growth committee restarted Young Life at Pike High School in 2016. ​ Beginning with a small gathering of football players and a group of just eight campers that first summer, the ministry has grown to serve hundreds of high school students through personal discipleship, club gatherings, and epic camp trips, even adapting through this pandemic year so that Young Life leaders can continue living life alongside our students. ​ We’ve also branched out and started Wyldlife at Guion Creek Middle School and restarted Young Life at Lawrence Central High School. Courtney Barbour now serves on staff there. Future schools that we would like to develop include Speedway High School and Ben Davis High School.

Does it matter?

4 out of 5

Young Life participants consider Young Life and it's leaders to be a significant influence on their faith.


of volunteer leaders and staff with Young Life would overwhelmingly recommend their leadership experience to a friend.
Pike Young Life committee is a group of community members dedicated to supporting our Young Life leaders as they come alongside our students and show them how life with Jesus is life as it was meant to be.


Committee members pray, give, plan, raise funds, and help encourage and free up our leaders to be present for our students day to day.

Mike Newton

Area Director

Mike has been on full time staff for 15 years (in Roanoke, VA, in Philadelphia, and in Indianapolis) and has served as an area director in Pike Township for the past 5 years. ​ He also provides leadership for Lawrence Township Young Life and is a Cultural Intelligence Trainer.