by LYDIA COBB | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

Consider It Joy

volunteer_loy1The Loy family has a large backyard – all the better for hosting Young Life Club on Monday evenings. “All my passion is for teens to be in safe and comfortable environments where they feel their own self worth and a sense of identity,” said Kirsten Loy, whose volunteer work centers around youth and education. She taught middle school English and history for 14 years, which is how she became involved with Young Life, and is a former youth director at Redemption Church.

Kirsten and Greg Loy have been married for 21 years. Their sons, Noah and Micah, are in their senior and freshman years, respectively, at Poway High School. Greg co-owns his general contractor business, KD Stahl Construction Group. They bought land in 2001 in southeast Poway, below Espola, and custom built their home, knowing it would host hundreds of teens over the years. They moved in by 2003.


Name: Kirsten Ann Loy
Community: Southeast Poway
Volunteer Affiliation: Poway High School Grad Nite Volunteer Coordinator, Young Life North County; Every Fifteen Minutes Program; Children’s Heritage Foundation
Profession: Executive Staff at Redemption Church/Community Group Director
Family: Husband – Greg; Sons – Noah (18) and Micah (15)
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, reading, writing, gardening, traveling with my family


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“There are options out there for teens that don’t include peer pressure and partying,” she stated. Kirsten recently worked with the CHP’s Every Fifteen Minutes, a DUI deterrence program at Poway High, along with Noah, who was chosen as a participant. She’s the volunteer coordinator for Grad Nite, an alcohol-free school graduation party. “I also volunteer on mission trips to Uganda’s war-torn Gulu region with Children’s Heritage Foundation,” she added.

Kirsten has been cancer-free for nearly two years. “If someone met me now it might be hard to believe that I am a stage four cancer survivor,” shared Kirsten, who was diagnosed with colon cancer that spread to the liver and eventually a lung. Months of chemotherapy and healing from surgeries challenged her well-being. Kirsten added, “During that time, I scaled back on almost all my volunteer work.” Her blog is called Consider It Joy (kirstenloy.com). It started as a way for her to chronicle the journey. “And it continues to spread hope and joy to those going through trials of any kind,” she offered.

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They cherish attending their sons’ soccer and lacrosse games. Greg also volunteers for the Poway Boys Soccer Boosters and constructs props for Grad Nite. “We’re a family of faith,” added Kirsten, and they stay involved with community outreach through Redemption Church. Here at home, and abroad, Kirsten considers it a joy to be at the forefront of teen support.


Group: Young Life North County
Website: sandiegonorth.younglife.org

Group: Every Fifteen Minutes Program
Contact: tbarkerball@powayusd.com

Group: Children’s Heritage Foundation
Website: sandiegonorth.younglife.org

Group: PHS Grad Nite Committee
Contact: kirstenloy@gmail.com