Contact work is the heart of the Asian Young Life ministry... It means going out into the world of Asian American teenagers, getting involved in their activities, and taking an interest in them. This "contact" can take place anywhere: afterschool, on a tennis court, at Garden State Plaza, at Starbucks... basically, any place where teens hang out. Over time, it is hoped that genuine, "no strings attached" friendships will develop between the Asian Young Life leader and the young people with whom he or she has contact; as these friendships mature, it is further hoped that the leader will "earn the right to be heard" — the opportunity to offer advice and insight to his or her teenage friends. Some of these young people may eventually get involved in Asian Young Life, but many do not. That's OK. Asian Young Life leaders initiate these friendships simply to model God's love and to be there for teens. Even young people who never get involved in Asian Young Life nevertheless recognize their local leader as an adult figure whom they can trust and to whom they can turn in times of need.