Who is NNYM?
The National Network of Youth Ministries is a coalition of our nation's leading Christian youth-serving organizations and denominations. Together, we have the privilege of serving a large segment of our teenage culture through our combined resources—collectively serving more than 100,000 churches, 250,000 adult youth workers/mentors, and more than 3,000,000 teenagers. This coalition is represented in virtually every community in every state through local Networks of faith-based youth workers representing diverse churches, denominations and youth-serving organizations. We have active local chapters in more than 600 cities—each networking their efforts to help teenagers. Though we have many programs that unite us, you may know us best through the student prayer initiative called See You at the Pole involving over 2,500,000 teenagers praying at their school flagpoles every September.
Since 1992, the Youth Ministry Executive Council, a national association of youth ministry executives, has met in Washington, D.C., each May, in cooperation with the National Day of Prayer. These executives lead youth organizations and denominations such as Young Life, Assemblies of God, Youth for Christ, Southern Baptist, Campus Crusade for Christ, Methodist, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Presbyterian, Church of the Nazarene, Church of God, and scores of other organizations and denominations. We also facilitate partnerships among Urban, Rural, Hispanic and Native American youth workers, as well as thousands of Christian teachers within the public schools.
We collaborate as national and local partners in the vital mission of reaching out, caring for, and mentoring teenagers across America. Together, our diverse and significant coalition of faith-based organizations is making a significant impact within the youth culture. In the heart of every member of the Network, as well as within every local networking affiliate is a commitment to personal engagement with teenagers in a mentor/mentee relationship. That's what we have been about for over 20 years – coming alongside teenagers in most any setting to care, listen, coach and guide.
Some of the notable campaigns have been reported in national media and include True Love Waits (sexual abstinence) now in its 10 th year and impacting more than 100 countries, One Way to Play (drug prevention) and See You at the Pole (prayer) . Many regional and metro initiatives are proving successful in the areas of sexual abstinence, drug prevention, violence reduction, intervention among at-risk kids, and building character among teenagers.