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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


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first was introduced to YMI when my son wanted to go on an international mission. Already familiar with short term mission, I agreed to let him go with YMI. I took this as an opportunity to study them and learn how they 'do mission'. I hosted a mission launch and a return debrief in my home. I experienced first hand the change and effect this experience had on my son and the entire team. I could clearly see what "Mission Differently" meant. Since, I have lead teams and trained teams for YMI. We have hosted a number of teams in our home. This is where I learned that what is done in preparation or given in support to YMI is felt around the world. Truly, what happens after the mission is more important that the mission itself. YMI helped shape me to see what relational evangelical peer to peer ministry really is. It's "Mission Differently". It changes lives. I am one who is changed.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

God called us(Rose and I) to be missionaries when I was an Awana Leader at Good News Baptist Church, and we hung up our clits and stopped playing soccer for a living to be the first Awana Missionaries in Brasil in September, 1992.
We served God in Awana until 2010, and after that God brought us into the YMI family (Youth Missions International) to serve Him and now we are YMI Missionaries in Brasil. We serve God through sports ministry, teaching English ministry, and receiving and sending young people on Mission Trips.
Juca Cerpe
YMI Missionary in Brasil


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Youth Missions International provides the best mission training of any organization out there. The entire process will change the life of every single person on your team. It is because of this organization that I am involved in full time missions today.

Review from Guidestar