How big is YWAM, and how can I find the closest location?
With over 18,000 staff volunteers, YWAM is one of the largest Christian charitable organizations in the world. To find a location near you, pick “Locations” from the search bar above and type in the name of a country or city.

How do I find out about opportunities, and get the YWAM address list?
The search feature in this site allows you to browse through YWAM’s opportunities around the world: locations, outreaches, training programs, staff opportunities, and more. When you click on an opportunity that interests you, you’ll find a Contact Us button that will allow you to get information directly from that location.

Do YWAM staff get paid?
To join YWAM as staff anywhere in the world, you need to have your own financial backing. Many YWAM locations can help people put together a prayer and financial support team (often through friends, home groups, churches, relatives, etc.) before they join as staff. Most YWAM staff meet their financial needs through financial supporters while others hold an additional paying job for financial or ministry reasons. To find information on raising personal financial support, choose “For YWAMers” at the top of this site.

How can I give a donation to a YWAM staff person or student?
Since YWAM staff do not get paid, they rely on the generosity of people like you to be able to serve God through YWAM. If you would like to give a donation to a YWAM worker, student, or ministry, please see this page for more information.

Is this mission only for young people or only focused on young people?
Youth With A Mission began as an organization to help young people get involved in the global purposes of God and this will always be a primary focus for YWAM. However, now many people join YWAM as a second career or after retirement. Some of the young people who joined us in the 1960s are still serving with YWAM, and so are some of their grandchildren! Some of YWAM’s Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) specifically focus on providing mission training for families or older students. To find a DTS like this, pick “DTS’ from the search bar above, and type in “Crossroads.”

Can you help me locate a person who currently is in YWAM or was at some time?
YWAM does not have an international administrative office that maintains a database of every YWAM staff person and all YWAM alumni. If you want to connect with a person in YWAM, please contact the location they work with directly or their last known location. Another avenue is to try social networking sites like the YWAM Facebook page .

What is a DTS or Crossroads DTS?
The Discipleship Training School (DTS), YWAM’s five-month introductory training program, is offered in over 200 locations around the world. The Crossroads DTS is designed for families or people approximately 35 years old and older. To find a DTS, pick “DTS” from the search bar above and type in geographic words like names of cities or countries, or special-focus words like “compassion” or “crossroads.”

How do I apply, or join YWAM?
You can serve with YWAM on an outreach trip, as a student, or as a staff member or volunteer . To join as staff, you must first complete a Discipleship Training School (DTS), which is offered in over 200 locations around the world. YWAM has no centralized application process. Although YWAM does have main offices, we encourage you to contact our field locations directly for details about applying, schedules, and costs.

Does DTS training provide credit for other universities?
The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is one of the YWAM courses registered with YWAM’s University of the Nations (U of N). The U of N offers credits for the DTS which can be applied to U of N degrees (Associate, Bachelors, and Masters). Students receive 12 credit hours for the DTS lecture phase and 8 credit hours for the outreach phase. Also, credits from U of N courses are transferable to a number of respected Christian colleges in the United States.

Who is the leader of YWAM and what is the leadership structure of the organization?
YWAM was founded in 1960 by Loren and Darlene Cunningham. Today it operates as a family of ministries. To learn more about YWAM’s leadership, click here. For more about YWAM’s History, click here.

Does YWAM offer scholarships for its training courses?
Since each training center operates within their own framework, scholarships given would depend upon each center’s policy for financial aid. When you apply for a training program, ask if there are scholarships available.