Parents and Community

Even though Young Life is especially for kids, parents and other adults in the community are important to Young Life. Adults can support Young Life in a variety of ways — by becoming a volunteer leader or committee member, by attending a Young Life fund-raising event, by hosting Young Life or by simply telling others in the community about Young Life and its commitment to kids.


Since 1986, YoUng Life Capernaum in San Jose has served thousands of teens and young adults with disabilities in Santa Clara County by helping them grow socially and lead productive, enriched lives. Currently, the club serves over 100 club members, many of whom attend Del Mar and Branham high schools in San Jose.
Young Life Capernaum touches the lives of club members, their families, and Young Life leaders alike. While parents are certainly an integral part of our success, the club also gives teens with special needs the chance to gain independence from parents and simply hang out with friends.
Here is what parents are saying about Young Life Capernaum in San Jose:
“Capernaum is the only place Heather can go without me. Club is so great because it offers a safe environment for teenagers to attend without having their parents right next to them. How many 17 year olds want to be around their parents all the time? Capernaum is amazing and Heather adores it. It has brightened her life.”
-Vicki Hendrickson, Parent of a special needs young adult
“Capernaum provided my son with a way to meet friends and to enjoy people. This club lights up his life.”
-Linda Pappas, parent of a special needs child
Parental Support

Adults support Capernaum in a variety of ways. As a parent, we would love for you to become a volunteer leader or committee member, attend one of our fund-raising events, or simply spread the word to others in the community about Young Life Capernaum and its commitment to teens with disabilities.



At Young Life Capernaum, we understand the importance of facilitating a warm, welcoming environment for teens and young adults, and are therefore committed to keeping our members safe.
Young Life's Human Resources department has developed Mission-wide policies and procedures to ensure all participants are protected when they are with Young Life staff and/or leaders as well as when attending Young Life sponsored activities.


Young Life Capernaum Project | 1123 Hanchett Ave San Jose, CA 95126-2602

Phone: (408) 286-3207

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