Youth With A Mission , founded in 1960, is an international volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), our purpose is simply to know God and to make Him known.
Youth With A Mission is a truly international movement. We have over 1000 operating locations in just over 180 nations, with a staff of over 18,000, and new teams are constantly being pioneered. Our centers reflect the culture they are in, but they often have a multi-cultural staff.
Some YWAM centers are large, accommodating over 100 staff serving full time in a variety of activities. Others are small, with only a handful of people focused on a specific ministry. YWAM teams can be found in idyllic rural settings and urban centers, occupying all sorts of buildings, including castles, apartments, mud huts and tents.
YWAM has a highly decentralized structure that encourages new vision and the exploration of new ways to change lives through training, conveying the message of the gospel and caring for those in need. There are no international “headquarters” although there are some international ministries. Global leaders are scattered around the world, but there are national and regional directors for local areas.