Youth With A Mission is an international volunteer movement of Christians of many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Our purpose is to know God and to make Him known.
When YWAM began in 1960, our main focus was giving young people opportunities to demonstrate the love and gospel of Jesus to the whole world, according to His command in Mark 16:15. Today, we still focus on youth, but have members of almost all ages, and many of our short-term efforts have grown into long-term endeavors that have impacted countless lives and nations.
YWAM has a decentralized structure that encourages new vision and the exploration of new ways to change lives through training, convey the message of the gospel and care for those in need. We are currently operating in over 180 countries with over 18,000 staff.