YS Academic Support Network

Resources for the next generation of youth workers

A major way that YS contributes to the academic world of youth ministry is by partnering with youth ministry professors and students through the Youth Specialties Academic Support Network (YSASN). Through established relationships with colleges and universities all across the world, YS works to provide the latest resources and training experiences to help equip the next generation of youth workers.

YSASN is a free program open to accredited schools offering Christian Ministry (or related degree) as a major or minor, but you must apply to become a participating member.

See the benefits and requirements below. Use the form at the bottom of the page to fill out our online application.

Alongside YSASN, we have been proud supporters of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators, including being a long-time sponsor of their annual conference.

Finally, YS pioneered the Youth Specialties Academic line in the early 2000s with the vision of providing scholarly and thoroughly academic texts that are also contemporary and engaging to students and thinking youth workers alike.

Institutional Membership Requirements:

  • Must offer Christian Ministry (or related degree) as a major or minor
  • Must indicate your program’s relationship with this program on the youth ministry section of your school website
  • Must link to the Youth Specialties website

Professor Benefits

  • Discounts on services & products offered year-round including but not limited to a steep discount for you and your students to attend the National Youth Workers Convention (check this page for seasonal updates)
  • Two invitation-only receptions at the National Youth Workers Convention: one for students and one for professors.
  • A free academic newsletter and other resources
  • NYWC Benefits
    • Professor Pricing:
      • 5-14 STUDENT REGISTRATIONS = 1 FREE PROFESSOR REGISTRATION
      • 15-24 STUDENT REGISTRATIONS = 2 FREE PROFESSOR REGISTRATIONS
      • 25+ STUDENT REGISTRATIONS = 3 FREE PROFESSOR REGISTRATIONS
    • Professors Breakfast: Join us for breakfast on Sunday morning! This breakfast will give you quality time with some of our YS staff and a chance to connect with your academic colleagues.

Student Benefits

  • Discounts on services & products offered year-round including but not limited to a steep discount for the National Youth Workers Convention (check this page for seasonal updates)
  • An invitation-only reception at the National Youth Workers Convention for YSASN students.
  • Networking opportunities through YS events where students can learn alongside youth ministry practitioners
  • Opportunities to interact with speakers and authors they are learning from in their classes
  • An introduction to an organization that can continue to serve them long after they leave school through training, networking, resources, and through the YS Job Bank, and YS Coaching.
  • NYWC Benefits
    • Student Pricing: Students attend for $149-$169 (depending on when you register) as part of your program. The earlier you register, the more you save.
    • YSASN Dinner: Bring your students to enjoy a FREE dinner and meet YS leaders, speakers, bloggers, and authors while getting to know youth ministry students from other institutions.

For more information on the YS Academic Support Network, please let us know with the form here.

Thanks for all that you do in helping to raise and train the next generation of youth workers!