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