Central Austin Young Life
About Young Life
Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship.

These relationships don't happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.

So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what's important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.

We believe in the power of presence. Kids' lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God's love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.

Mark Avent, Central Austin Area Director

Mark is a native Austinite. He attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 1998 with a degree in Business Management. He discovered his passion for ministry at Laity Lodge Youth Camp as a counselor and came on Young Life staff in Northwest Austin in the fall of 2000.

Mark served as Area Director for Northwest Austin Young Life until 2006 and then came to Central Austin in the same role in 2007.

Mark met his wife Julie in the fall of 2009 and married her in April of 2011. They have three boys Jay, Parker and Charlie.

Allison Funchess Central Austin Associate Area Director


Allison is from Beaumont, Texas. She went to the University of Texas and led Young Life in Cedar Park where she went on staff after graduating from UT. She came on Young Life staff in Central Austin in September of 2017.