YC Leaders

YC Leaders


  Helen & Brian have been working full-time with CEF in Sligo since 2012.  They have a combined 60+ years of experience of working with youth and children and still find it a rewarding activity !  They have appreciated the help of so many youth leaders over the last number of years and look forward to working with Youth Challenge small groups over the next year.

Hey! My name's Amy, I'm 21 and I'm from Sligo but I've spent the last few years in Belfast doing youth work.  For two years I was part of Team on Mission, a gap year program working with young people and children all across Ireland. For the first year, I traveled around the country and spend time in churches, schools, youth groups, and more!  For the second year, I interned with a church in North Belfast and worked with the young people in the area.  I'm so excited to be home this year to push into the amazing potential Sligo has and work with our young people!


My name is Lexie! I'm married to Cody who's also a youth leader for Youth Challenge.  I was born in Canada but have lived most of my life in Los Angeles, California where Cody and I met serving in the youth department at our church. I've had a lot of different jobs (corporate marketing, flight attendant, nannying, secretary) but by far my favourite has been my time working in youth ministry.

Cody and I are now living in Collooney working with a missions organisation called OM in partnership with Collooney Methodist Church.  Some favourite hobbies of mine are photography, music, theatre and exploring new places!

  Hello, my name is Cody.  I'm 30 years old and I am married to my much better half Lexie who is also one of the leaders of youth challenge.
We both live in Collooney and are currently here in Ireland working with Operation Mobilisation. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in the US. During my time there I have worked with youth for over 11 years as a Youth Pastor, Youth Leader, Camp Counsellor, and Young Adult/University Leader. I was also a musician/audio engineer, video engineer, and live production person (basically just anything to do with live events and concerts) by trade. I love music, the beach/ocean, surfing, skateboarding, photography, and pretty much anything artistic! I am very excited to work with the youth here in Sligo!

Hi! My name is Ashley, I am from Ohio in the United States but in January of 2021 I moved here to Ireland! I am here volunteering with an organization called Operation Mobilisation and have been partnered to intern with CEF Sligo!

My friend Kyla, who is also a Youth Challenge leader, and I currently live in a flat in Sligo town. I previously worked at a nursing home but have always enjoyed working with youth! I helped with summer programs and Sunday Schools back in Ohio and really enjoyed both! Some of my favorite hobbies are reading, listening to music,  baking/cooking, and running!


Hello! My name is Kyla, I’m 22, and I was born and raised in Tennessee in the US along with my 9 siblings. Before coming to Ireland I worked in a children’s daycare for two years and absolutely adored it. I’ve been in Ireland since January of 2021, I moved here to work with a missions organization called Operation Mobilisation wherein I have been partnered to help as an intern for CEF Sligo!

Me and my friend Ashley, who is also a Youth Challenge leader, currently live in a flat in Sligo town. Some of my favorite hobbies include painting/drawing, reading, journaling, and driving in beautiful places :)