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Youth Missions International

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Causes: Children & Youth, Christianity, Religion, Youth Development, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

Mission: Empowering young people to continually live and share their faith in the global communities they serve.

Results: We want every church to develop young Christian leaders who love to share Jesus through authentic ministry experience. This is our vision. Since our inception in 2007, over 6,500 young people have been trained and released to lead ministry, reaching over 75,000 with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Now, YMI is working to increase our impact. By 2020, we will develop 20,000 young Christian leaders who will reach a quarter of a million people with the Gospel. Developing these young Christian leaders is our passion. Why are we so passionate about this? The Church, particularly the Church in North America, is in need of more young people who are truly leaders in ministry. These young leaders are unafraid of sharing Jesus Christ with others, while being able to mobilize the Church, maximizing the impact made for Christ in the communities they live. Young leaders bring new vision and vitality. Where there is new vision and vitality paired with experience and training, effective ministry effort can take place, growing the local church. This is exactly what the Church needs and this is what YMI intends to hand back to local churches as we work with young people. In nine short years, YMI has transformed from a volunteer-led, West Coast-focused ministry to a nationwide operation with global reach. Throughout it all, we have been able to maintain our distinctive culture, methods, and outcomes. We have a clearly defined mission: to empower young people to continually live and share their faith in Christ in the global communities they serve. We have a clearly defined method: we accomplish our mission by pairing training with authentic ministry opportunity, allowing young people to lead ministry and grow. These two things lead to a clearly defined outcome – what we offer back to the Church: more young Christian leaders who love to share Jesus.

Target demographics: Junior High, Senior High and College-Age Young People.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,300+

Geographic areas served: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia

Programs: Mission training, evangelism training, sports camps, local mission trips, international mission trips.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 TrishaMarie

Client Served

Rating: 5

This past summer my son went on a YMI trip to South Korea. I can honestly say the YMI is a life changing organization. Over a year ago my son was struggling with so many things. He was lucky to do sports camp during the summer of 2013 & from there he made a life change. Then after his trip this past summer has made the choice to go into ministry full time. When he graduates high school he will attend a Christian college to work on a double degree for Biblical theology and education. His goal is to work for YMI and be stationed in South Korea so he too can make a difference, like YMI made a difference for him.
So thank YMI for everything you have done for my son and thousands of other kids.

Previous Stories


Rating: 5

This past summer i helped lead a team to Northern Ireland. It was one of the best experiences i have ever had. YMI prepares young adults with the ability to be diverse in so many tools. The youth were prepared to work with any age and in most scenarios. The team i helped with went door to door to share the gospel during the day and at night worked with a youth center. Because of their training and support these youth were able to impact so many people.
I now get the privilege of sending my son on a YMI trip this year. Since his training in August he is more prepared with his testimony, sharing Bible stories, leading worship at church. Plus he has so much support from his team leaders and other team members during prep work for his mission trip!
if i ever have the chance i will defiantly lead again. I also cant wait for my son to be able to go on a college trip and possible intern through YMI.
The impact that YMI has on my family is truly a blessing.

1 Rebekah11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to go on a missions trip with the teens in the Journey group (youth group). YMI has worked with me in answering my questions and helping solve all the issues that go with such an indevor! We are still in the process but Lord Willing we will be going in June! YMI is an incredible organization!!


Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was in high school I was looking for a mission organization to serve with that didn't just lead people to the Lord and leave, but rather stick with the people that came to know the Lord through discipleship and make sure they had a church to grow in. I went through at least 16 or 17 mission organizations before I found Yotuh Missions International. I went to Zambia Africa after they not only trained me, but invested in me spiritually, and as a friend as well. Soon I hope to be more than just a student, and I would like to get more involved wiht this ministry on a long term basis and be a part of how God is using this ministry to Save lives and disciple the teens who are not only the church of tomorrow, but are the church of today. Thank you Youth Missons International