Mission Youth is the English-speaking branch of Juventud y Familia Misionera, a Catholic evangelization ministry born in Mexico in 1987 as a response to Saint John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization.
Mission Youth was established in the US in 1993, after World Youth Day in Denver. At the time it was called Youth for the Third Millennium (YTM). Local mission groups started being formed, primarily serving in their communities through evangelization missions. In 2009 the National Office achieved greater consolidation and the name was changed from YTM to Mission Youth.
In the 2000’s mission work in the US shifted from evangelization missions to Mercy Missions, primarily around Holy Week. Currently our Holy Week missions occur in a dozen cities around the US and are a mixture of evangelization and humanitarian work.
Mission Youth has sponsored international mission trips in different ways for over two decades. Constant elements have been immersion in the communities we serve and a focus on evangelization through our own practice of the faith. In some instances we undertake construction projects. Throughout these thirty years we have served in many different countries, primarily in Latin America. We seek a stable presence as long as the political and social situation of the communities we serve allows.
Bishop Kevin Farrel's endorsement of Mission Youth