CYAK’s mission is to serve Alaska youth and young adults through Christ-centered ministry, partnership, and discipleship, to raise mature believers who will lead the Church for generations to come.
Vibrant and healthy communities reflecting the gospel of Christ and led by people God has transformed.
- Native Leadership Development
- Intercultural Ministry
- Local Church Collaboration/Synergy
- Healthy Relationships in Community
- Discipleship & Evangelism
Intern in Anchorage, AK
My role is being someone that young people can reach out to in times of need. That was my main reason for wanting to become a youth pastor, so that teens and young adults can have someone to reach out to. I have known the pain of losing friends and not being ok, and I don’t want them to go through that. I want them to have someone to lean on because if I didn’t have somebody to lean on I would’ve been in a really dark place. Somebody that they can trust, love, and know in their community. That’s how it was for me growing up in youth group. Having somebody check in on me, having somebody making sure I was ok, having that same person pray for me - it was very helpful and encouraging and still is to this day.
Being a part of the CYAK team means a lot to me. I’ve been engaged with CYAK for the past 9 years and being a part of the team is amazing. We are here for each other and we have people to import wisdom from if we need wisdom for bible studies or devos. If we are feeling down or need someone to pray with or talk, we can ask one another. There is an awesome community.
Youth group leader and Sunday school teacher in Elim, AK
To be a part of the CYAK team to me means supporting other leaders to encourage and uplift our youth and one another as a family as we grow and learn together in Christ.
It has been a positive experience. I have been strengthened by prayers, and it has been encouraging to know there are others who are involved in youth in different ways and we all have the same goal to impact the Youth for Christ. Learning from others and sharing ideas as well as talking about life struggles and positive achievements have allowed me to learn more about myself and having the support to keep pressing forward taking it one day at a time while ministering to youth.