YS Academic Support Network

Resources for the next generation of youth workers

Youth Specialties (YS) contributes to the academic world of youth ministry by partnering with youth ministry professors and students through the Youth Specialties Academic Support Network (YSASN). Through established relationships with colleges and universities 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 a 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 longtime sponsor of their annual conference.

Institutional Membership Requirements:

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

Professor Benefits

  • Discounts on services and products offered year-round, including an exclusive discount for you and your students to attend the National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC). Check this page for seasonal updates.
  • NYWC Benefits
    • Professor Pricing:
      • 5-14 STUDENT REGISTRATIONS = 1 FREE PROFESSOR REGISTRATION
      • 15-24 STUDENT REGISTRATIONS = 2 FREE PROFESSOR REGISTRATIONS
      • 25-plus STUDENT REGISTRATIONS = 3 FREE PROFESSOR REGISTRATIONS
    • Professors’ Gathering: This time will give you a chance to connect with some of our YS staff and your academic colleagues.

Register for NYWC

Student Benefits

  • Discounts on services and products offered year-round, including an exclusive discount for you and your students to attend NYWC. Check this page for seasonal updates.
  • 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 YS, an organization that can continue to serve them long after they leave school through training, networking, resources, the YS Job Bank and YS Coaching.
  • NYWC Benefits
    • Student Pricing: Depending on registration date, students attend for $149-$169 as part of this program. The earlier you register, the more you save.

Register for NYWC

For more information on the YS Academic Support Network, please fill out the form below.

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