Our History

Since 1944, Youth for Christ has had a distinctive history of youth evangelism.

In the early 1940's, during World War II, many young men, mostly ministers and evangelists, were holding large rallies in Canada, England, and the United States. As the hunger for God's Word grew, the need to organize was essential and from this need was birthed Youth for Christ.  YFC quickly organized into a national movement with Billy Graham becoming YFC's first full time employee.

Today, over 1500 paid staff members and 15,000 volunteers serve in 1,713 communities across the United States.  Youth for Christ USA is just one of over 100 countries sharing in the vision of reaching every young person with the gospel.  

Youth for Christ Locally...

In 1955, the first local chapter of YFC was formed.  Over the years the ministry to youth grew reaching teens in schools, neighborhoods and juvenile detention/ treatment facilities. In time, two separate Youth for Christ chapters emerged reaching youth in those two counties. Offices were established, teen centers built and staff were hired. Over the years tens of thousands of teens would be impacted through the mission of Youth for Christ. In 2012 the staff and board of Manatee Youth for Christ had a vision of reaching more lost teens. With the blessing of YFC/USA  they expanded their boundary to include Sarasota County (Sarasota YFC had been closed for 5 years) and also to go north to reach teens in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Because of this strategic move we are now known as Suncoast Youth for Christ. In 2017, a vision of The 180 House was birthed with the opening of our first location in Venice.  This new approach to reaching teens has grown to three youth centers and positioned us to maintain ministry even during the 2020 pandemic.  

Throughout YFC's history there has been unwavering commitment to youth and bibilical Christianity.  One of YFC's slogans has been "Geared to the Times and Anchored to the Rock"- although the message of the gospel will never change YFC will remain flexible to creatively communicate this message of hope, grace and love in the context of different cultural and community settings.

To learn more about history and ministry of YFC USA, click HERE.

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