Youth With A Mission 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.
When YWAM began in 1960, our main focus was giving young people opportunities to demonstrate the love of Jesus to the whole world, according to his command in Mark 16:15. Today, we still focus on youth but we have members (known as 'YWAMers') of almost every age and many of our short-term efforts have grown into long-term endeavors that have impacted lives and nations. YWAM has a decentralized structure that encourages new vision and the exploration of new ways to change lives. We do this through training, conveying the message of the gospel and caring for those in need. We are currently operating in more than 1000 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000, and train over 40,000 students per year worldwide.